The annual Pines Kumpadres Golf Club, Inc. match play is getting exciting as group winners in the lower division will face fellow group winners in the elite class A at the Pinewoods Golf & Country Club.
Class D group 1 winner Benjie Kimmayong will face group 1 class A winner Pol Mayos in a sudden death round while class D group 2 winner Michael Atolba will face perennial champion Dai Tsuchiya.
Tsuchiya has swept group 2 of the elite class A with five wins against Soc Suayan, Bernard Capuyan, Paul Diaz, Noel Lamsis, and Ramir Badua.
Mayos, on the other hand, has won over Art Bacoco, Henry Rosito, and Noel Sebastian.
Badua was a two-time class A and overall champion while Suayan and Rosito were one-time overall champions.
Returning overseas worker Edwin Macgui-ing will face PKGCI president Marty Manayos in the second round after two players topped their respective groups in class B and C.
Macgui-ing led the pack in class B group 1 with a win over Erwin Killip, Jeff Acop, Joshua Ribaya and Francis Calanio. His only defeat was against Fred Dacyon.
Manayos, meanwhile, also swept group 1 of class C with three wins against Mel Licoben, Kenneth Malikchan and James Pooten. He won by default against Nestor Fongwan Jr., who had to withdraw from the match play due to back injury, while he was even with Terry Parker.
Jigs Agulan has already cleared group 2 of class B with four wins against Max Sumeg-ang, Leonard Sab-it, Roland Dayag, and Ron Cadiogan. His only loss was against class B defending champion Mark Jeff Balangitan.
This time, Agulan will face Dalmacio Sissiit who swept group 2 of class D with a win over Froilan Lawilao, and Patrick Villanueva. He was even with Vincent Balaodan while his only loss was against Ramon Balay-odao.
The match play is held every weekend, as PKGCI is exerting efforts to create activities that will challenge its members to upgrade their golfing skills and to further solidify its ranks. – Harley F. Palangchao