July 23, 2024

■  Harley F. Palangchao 

There was no turning back for Baguio golfers Warren Dagupon and Dai Tsuchiya of Pines Kumpadres Golf Club, Inc., when they ruled their respective divisions since day one to the championship round of the 2024 Northern Luzon Regional Golf Championship at Pinewoods Golf & Country Club on June 3 to 5.

Cordillera’s top amateur golfer Luigi Paolo Wong, on the other hand, placed second in the premier, or elite division of the tournament organized by the National Golf Association of the Philippines.

ALL-BAGUIO WINNERS — Baguio golfer Warren Dagupon of Pines Kumpadres Golf Club, Inc. (3rd from left) emerged as champion in the mid-amateur division of the 2024 Northern Luzon Regional Golf Championship at Pinewoods Golf & Country Club on June 3 to 5. With him are second placer Rafael Flores and third placer Christian Villareal along with NGAP Secretary General Bones Floro, Elson Alvaran of Pinewoods/Sta. Lucia, and tournament director Pepot Inigo. — Contributed photo

Dagupon led the group of 10 players in the mid-amateur division with gross scores of 83, 86, and 81 for total of 250 after three rounds to win as champion in the division, followed by Baguio golfers Rafael Flores with 260 and Christian Villa-real with 262.

Tsuchiya won the seniors division with a lopsided victory for scoring 80 in the first round and 78 on the second and final round for total of 158 followed by Mario Madayag with 172 and Manuel Velasco with 174.

Visiting golfer Mona Sarines topped the ladies elite with 84-83-72 for total of 239 followed by her sister, Lisa, with 247, and Cristel Seraphine with 270.

In the men’s elite, Chrisjohn Remata clinched his first major win after a solid back nine that sent him streaking to a three-shot win over Wong.

Remata broke out of a tie with Wong with a two under stint on the last nine holes to match the tournament’s best score of 70 and pulled away from Wong.

The tournament is backed by the PLDT Group, MVP Sports Foundation, Gotyme, PGCC, and Sta. Lucia Realty and Development, Inc.