June 17, 2024

Sixty-seven teams are vying for titles in the seniors and regular divisions of the 1st Cordillera Golfers Foundation, Inc. Invitational Tournament as tournament proper kicked off on May 18 at Camp John Hay.

The ceremonial tee off was graced by Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Benguet Vice Gov. Ericson Felipe, and CGFI President Arnel Peil on Wednesday.

LET THE GAMES BEGIN — The inaugural Cordillera Golfers Foundation, Inc. Invitational Tournament that drew 67 teams officially kicked off with a ceremonial tee at the Camp John Hay on Wednesday after the two-day practice rounds at the Camp John Hay and Pinewoods Golf and Country Club fairways. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Benguet Vice Gov. Ericson Felipe, and CGFI President Arnel Peil, along with other CGFI incorporators graced the event. — Harley Palangchao

The tournament premiered at CJH and Pinewoods Golf & Country Club with 50 teams in the regular division including the championship flight and 17 in the seniors division.

A fifth flight, Friendship, has seven teams.

Teams will play a round in each of the course with one rest day.

The tournament is a PAL Stableford tournament where an ace scores six, a birdie three and a par is worth two and a bogey one. After that, the player’s team is penalized by two.

CGFI President Arnel Peil expressed hope that with the support of the golfing community, the foundation can reach out to learners in depressed areas in the Cordillera, including Baguio City.

He added CGFI is also planning to conduct outreach mission to help people in need of medical assistance.

Earlier, CGFI Corporate Secretary Marlo Quadra has dispatched letters to the Department of Education to help identify the possible school beneficiaries of the tournament.

The CGFI officers met with DepEd Cordillera superintendents to discuss how they could be of help to learners. 

As of Thursday, Cordillera players who are playing for Bravo Zulo Security, Inc. composed of Douglas Pucket, Dai Tsuchiya, Noel Sebastian, and Goody Ignacio are leading the pack in the seniors A with 122 points.

The Bravo Zulo also topped the regular A with 123 points courtesy of 32 points from Mars Mudon, 31 points apiece from Ramir Badua and Ranz Balay-odao, and 29 points from Henry Rosito.

Tailing Bravo Zulo was RUA Construction & Development Corp. composed of Romy Aquino, Rudy Lockey, Clyde Cabreros, and Chester Calpotura with 122 points.

The Balintaugan Construction composed of Sonny Liwan, Francis Banatao, Rolly Tangalin, Jeremiah Guanso, and Arnold Tolding is also leading the Friendship side with 113 points followed by Palm Grove 2 composed of Jason Ayugat, Randy Dela Cruz, Jun Canoy Ambasing and Willian Biano in second place. – Harley F. Palangchao