■ Harley F. Palangchao
Around 130 teams from the seniors and lower brackets of the regular division will see action in the first week of 73rd Januarius Fil-Am Invitational Tournament on Nov. 22 to 30.
The Fil-Am executive committee has announced that 19 teams from flights F and G divisions of the regular division will play during the weeklong tournament for all the seniors division.
The 19 regular teams are the Baguio City1, City of Pines, Club 7882, FB Bantales Eng. GMJ 2005 Construction and Dev’t. Corp., IGC Travelers, Isabela Golf Club Traders, Jasper, Laus, Leopard-Golf Cabanatuan, Palm Grove, Perrc Suntastic, Razcals, Razcals Reload, Banh-Mi, The New Ones Sandiwa, TIEZA Club Intramuros, Travelers VGC, and Vancouver Horizon Golf Association.
In the 72nd Fil-Am edition, Nueva Ecija Travelers won the regular Fil F crown while Benguet-based Razcals Winaca topped the Am F bracket.
The Vancouver Horizon won the Am G crown while the Maharlika Roast Beef topped the Fil G.
The Manila Southwoods has swept the championship flights of the seniors’ division last year.
Practice rounds will be from Nov. 22 to 24 while the remaining days will be the tournament proper.
The practice rounds for the second week will be on Dec. 2 to 4 before the best amateur golfers in the championship flights and upper bracket of the regular division vie for titles from Dec. 5 to 10.
The Manila Southwoods that has pooled some of the best amateur golfers in the country will defend also its titles in the championship flights of the regular division.
This year’s edition of the biggest and longest amateur golf tournament in the Asia-Pacific region drew 252 teams or more or less 1,400 players, according to the executive committee co-chaired by Anthony de Leon of the Baguio Country Club and Jude Eustaquio of Camp John Hay Golf Club.