December 7, 2022

Teams from Baguio have dominated the regular and seniors’ divisions of the 71st Fil-Am Invitational Golf Tournament that served as the benchmark for the resumption of amateur golf tournaments in the country with Baguio Country Club and Camp John Hay as hosts from Dec. 14 to 17.

CJH Golf Club and BCC have emerged the best local teams, as they took home the top honors in the Fil-A and Am-A with 430 and 381 points, respectively.

BEST FIL-AM LOCAL TEAM — The Camp John Golf Club composed of Tae Hyun Yoo, Emilio Curran, Melchor Rabanes II, Tony Fernandez, John Gerald Marasigan, and Manny Solis Jr. emerged as the best among local teams that competed in the 71st Fil-Am Invitational Golf Tournament at CJH and Baguio Country Club on Dec. 14 to 17 with 430 points to win the Fil-A championship trophy. — Harley Palangchao

CJH Golf Club was composed of Tae Hyun Yoo, Emilio Curran, Melchor Rabanes II, Tony Fernandez, John Gerald Marasigan, and Manny Solis Jr. while BCC was composed of Goody Ignacio, Bong Mandapat Jr., Euls Austin, Jeff Razon, Isonn Angheng, and Miguel So Hu.

The Baguio Blue Bloods Eagles took second place in the Am-A with Arnold Tolding, Nic Ventura, Sammy Sab-it, Mar Bustos, Aldrin Camba, and Antonio Fernandez accumulating 341 total points.

The Miners Golf Team composed mostly of golfers from Philex Mining Corp. dominated the Am-B with 280 points for the championship trophy, edging the Baguio Natives, who collected 256 points.

The Miners team was composed of Ceasar Romualdo, Ed Aratas, Ricardo Cobankiat, Josefino Siesta, Alex Pumecha, Judeo Chan, and Quinn Dahilan while the Baguio Natives composed mostly of doctors were Joey Ancheta, Damaso Bangaoet II, Rochie Hojilla, and Steve Cating.

The Baguio City Golf Team 1 composed of Mike Lawana, Harley Palangchao, Francis Calanio, Paul Diaz, and Edwin Brian Sagsago amassed 235 points to win the championship trophy in the Am-C followed by Crown Legacy team players from Baguio and Benguet namely Mark Christopher Dy, Francois Jamir Miranda, Vincent Balaodan, Ramon Balay-odao, and Dalmacio Sissi-it, who collected 217 points for second place.

In the seniors’ division, CJH Golf Club composed of Rudy Lockey, Bayani Tecson, Januario Nicolas, Morris Domogan, Charles David Baguilat, and Yung Hur placed second with 398 points in the Am-Championship.

Manila Southwoods ruled the division.

Team Drajdan composed of Nap Rosito, Richard Nibaten, Reynaldo Perez Jr., Eric Illescas, and Rudy Franklin Eduardo ruled the Fil-A with 330 points followed by Camp John Hay Hotels composed of Ronald and Daniel Samaniego, Bob Sobrepreña, Jaime Borromeo, Russ Alfonso, and Mario Benitez with 305 points.

The seniors’ Am-A was also a battle of two Baguio teams with EK Amigos composed of Jonathan Lacambra, Larry Mendoza, Carlito Bohol, Rolando Vinluan, and Pacifico Fiesta as champions with 276 points followed by Baguio City Golf Team composed of Benjie Magalong, Edwin Ganga, George Dumawing, Mel Carlos Rabanes, and Fred Bagbagen with 269 points.

Baguio’s Team McDer composed of Ernesto Castañeda, Virgilio Gadiano, Mario Mandapat, Kiko Laranang, and Jerry Pabalan topped the Fil-B with 269 points.

Meanwhile, Manila Southwoods took home the premier Fil-Championship in the regular division with 504 points, the highest score garnered by any team while Time Cargo Logistic topped the premier Am-Championship with 419 points. – Harley F. Palangchao