Teach Me to Be Generous he battering that the country has gone through the past couple of months has brought the Filipino people down to their knees — not because of surrender, however. This God-fearing nation knows who to turn to in times of utmost difficulty. They kneel
in prayer. The recent encounter with Yolanda almost broke the spirit of our NOTE countrymen. It was a little too much for a country and a people with means limited to very simple things. It was too much for us to bear. But after the winds and the water have subsided, amid the chaotic scene of ruin and rubble, one could find a resilient race back on their feet. The population may have been severely decimated, but never the Filipino spirit. Donations have come from all over. While it is expected that global powers shower us with aid, it is the assistance from countries such as Bangladesh that is very heartwarming. This is the purest form of generosity — the selfless gesture of giving even when there isn’t much to give. For a moment, the world was in unison in helping an ally in need. Rich or poor, black or white, Christian or Islamic, every nation worked together in helping the Philippines and its severely fatigued people get back on its feet and rise above the tragedy. Social networks have been flooded with photos and comments about relief efforts. Some are negative but most are positive. No help can be too small or too big. In the end, it is the genuine desire to do so that really matters. Now that Christmas is fast approaching, a constant call should be made to the people who have more — to share a portion of what they have with the people who have less or nothing. Now, more than ever, is the time to heed this call. This prayer has served as my beacon from the very first time it was introduced to me up to this very day. It goes… “Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve you as you deserve. To give and not to count the cost. To fight and not to heed the wounds. To toil and not to seek for rest. To labor and ask not for reward. Save that of knowing that I do Your most Holy will.” A Meaningful Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!!!
Edgar Joselito S. Arceo Jr.
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The Year-End Review
GOLF Teach Me to be Generous
Jun Arceo stresses that now, more than ever, is the time to heed this call
Marissa Ocampo talks about WGAP's progress and plans
Fore by Four Invitational
What makes the Eagle Ridge member-guest tournament exceptional
The Season for Giving
Continuing the Vision
The Holiday Wish
How do you practice and is it proficient? 36
Such is Golf!
How to Hamper the Decline in Memberships
Reggie Nolido talks about how Filipinos are always ready to share
Simon reflects on the spirit of the season, and wishes the best for everyone
Luigi believes that just like life, we strive to do our best and accept the rest
My Year in Review
Kyi Hla Han takes a look at the Asian Tour's most glorious year so far
Winning Reflections - Venetian Macau Open
Baek Seuk-hyun reveals a simple but effective tip on how to hit a solid putt
This month we tackle the second of two parts about golf terms and their definitions
Resorts World Manila Masters
Liang Wen-chong comes to the rescue of the victims of super typhoon Yolanda
We find out what sets the Southwoods Ladies apart from other teams
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Dan shows us how we can get more out of our practice sessions
LIFESTYLE A New Line to Fit Your Game and Style 39 A look at the latest from 3636
The Impact Holiday Gift Guide
Winning Edge with Baek Seuk-hyun
Southwoods Ladies: Pride and Teamwork at Play
A look at Lucky Nine, the latest addition to Tagaytay Midlands
Pepot I単igo shares his thoughts on what can do to keep its members
Scott Hend talks about how hard work pays off
Definitions Part 2
Here are some gift ideas for this Christmas
Ford Explorer Ecoboost
Staying at Villa Marinelli
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A weekend retreat at the edge of Manila where you can unwind, relax, and enjoy
Golf news, press releases, and more
19TH HOLE 72 Tournaments, events, and people
Jack Nicklaus Fall/Winter ’13 Collection A perfect balance of style and luxury
his season, Jack Nicklaus takes a cue from the season’s color trend of jewel tones in muted colors with the introduction of its Fall/Winter 2013 Apparel Collection. An ideal holiday gift for the avid golfer or even for the nonplaying golf enthusiast who finds value in comfort, style and quality, the new collection certainly has interesting pieces to suit anyone’s taste. Marrying style and comfort, the vibrant collection features pops of fashion colors such as sunflower, tangerine, poppy and lilac as well as deep hues like black, navy, vine green and logan. The women’s line, on the other hand, features pieces which take subtle cues from signature items in the men’s line. Luxury fabrics include comfortable cashmere and pima cottons, as well as wearable weather- and waterresistant finishes, perfect for a day out on the golf course. Whatever your style, you’ll surely find a favorite from the men’s collection of jacquards, polos, crewnecks, and panels as well as
pullovers, fashion grid shorts and active shorts. Ladies pieces also include sleeveless striped and short-sleeve looks, classic polos, capri pants, and fleece jackets for everyday wear. Each piece features a stylishly placed “Golden Bear” logo to accent the piece, but more than that, the line is timeless, classic, and tasteful. Whether as a holiday gift to a family member, a loved one, or a sports aficionado friend, the Fall/Winter 2013 Jack Nicklaus Apparel Collection has got everyone covered with an exciting array of quality golf and lifestyle wear pieces that could only come from a winning brand like Jack Nicklaus. The Jack Nicklaus Fall/Winter ‘13 Collection is available in Rustan’s Makati, Shangri-La Plaza, Alabang Town Center, Gateway Mall Cubao, Robinsons Place Ermita, Ayala Center Cebu, Landmark Trinoma, SM Makati, Clark, Chimes Dept. Store, and Victoria Plaza Davao. Exclusively distributed by Rustan Marketing Corporation.
The Season for Giving THE DUFFER by Reggie Nolido
he country has just gone through harrowing times the last few months. The earthquake in Bohol decimated homes, churches, and structures, leaving countless persons homeless, living in tents, sustained by relief goods and care packages. Yolanda followed the earthquake. It drowned Tacloban, Ormoc, Eastern Samar, and many other provinces, cities, and municipalities. The worldâ€™s strongest recorded storm ever battered central Visayas; seemingly plunging a dagger right into the very heart of the country. Suddenly our airwaves, Twitter, and Facebook feeds were inundated by messages of hope and despair, thanksgiving and anguish, stories of heroism, and cries for help. These twin natural disasters battered our nation; forcing our submission and testing our resolve. And in times of adversity, the one true thing all of us Filipinos can be truly proud of rose in all its magnificence: the Filipino will never give up, walang iwanan! December is the season for giving, so we were told. This issue in particular is centered on the best gift ideas for Christmas for us golfers. For us Filipinos though, the season for giving is year-wide. Throughout the year, we are all called to give of ourselves one way or the other; to give time, treasure, or talent to address the constant needs of our countrymen. In 2013, calamities battered all parts of the country, stretching our limits and resources, and yet we all continue to give. The earthquake took everyone by surprise, Yolanda was nothing less than unprecedented, but our response remained the sameâ€Śgive without counting the cost. People readily volunteered to work in relief centers; packing goods well into the night. Those with limited resources showed up to give up their sweat. Those with more sweated it out too. Rolex and Roleks, LV and VL, Prada and Frada, stood side by side passing biscuits, water, and rice to each other, filling bags for places in need. People emptied shelves on grocery stores not to horde for themselves and their families but to donate, to pack, and to give. Businesses gave up their profits. Restaurants hosted donor nights. Shops partnered with foundations. Artists held benefit concerts. Schools let out kids from their rooms to form human chains of service. Those more intrepid rode C130s to leveled cities, bringing goods and medicines unmindful of stories of criminality and lawlessness. Getting their hands and feet dirty, doctors healed, psychologists counseled, firemen gathered the dead, and policemen cleared the debris. Everyone got into the act in their own little way.
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We Filipinos are always ready to share. We may be poor in the pocket but never in spirit, never in heart. I am therefore taking this opportunity to thank all of you, my Filipino brothers and sisters, for always heeding the call to serve, to share, and to console. Many of us lost loved ones, friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances as a result of the multiple tragedies. Though our ranks may have been compromised we remain a nation united, strengthened, and bound by the common desire to help and to give. Mabuhay ang Pilipino! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! * * * I hope you dear reader can forgive me for my choice to veer from writing about our favorite game. In these trying times, golf has to take a back seat. The fan in me, though, still monitored the fantastic win of Adam Scott in the Australian PGA and the Australian Masters, the gritty win of Dustin Johnson at the HSBC, and the historic accomplishment of Henrik Stenson. These performances seemingly forewarn us that these three are poised for greatness in 2014. Already, Scott is saying he can be dominant in the Masters the way Tiger and Phil are. Johnson, with his prodigious length and improving touch, seems ready to breakout and claim his place amongst the elite. Stenson placed his name in the history pages; being the first man to win both the Fedex Cup and the Road to Dubai to end a very productive and lucrative year. Saving the best for last, Stenson blew away the field in Dubai despite having some wrist problems. Could Stenson finally own a major in 2014? In the meantime, local golf saw the Asian Tourâ€™s Resorts World Manila Masters held last November 14 to 17 at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club. Though illtimed, at no one's fault, the tournament produced a fantastic finish with Liang Wen-Chong bringing home the bacon over Prom Meeswat through a playoff. More memorable is the fact that Liang donated half his winnings to the relief efforts showing not just great golfing skills but a great heart. This marks the second of three international tournaments in the country for 2013; the third being the Philippine Open, which is slated for December and is supposed to be under the One Asia Tour. Checking their website though, as of this writing, the Philippine Open does not appear to be in their calendar. I am hoping this will push through, as there is a need for us to hold the oldest open golf championship in Asia. Lastly, allow me to greet all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. God bless you all.
The Holiday Wish THE TARGET LINE by Simon Villalon
love the Holiday season. It is one of the rare times when we get a little respite from the hustle and bustle of the everyday urgency. We get to spend time with loved ones, recharge the body, and reflect on what matters most. The context this year is very different though, as the entire country is still coming to terms with the enormous task of rebuilding after the destruction that typhoon Yolanda wrought during her visit. A little more on that later. Personally, I normally schedule a bunch of games over the December and January holidays. This is the best time to head to the fairways as the weather is great and family and friends are normally back in town. I say that I probably play between twenty and twenty-five percent of all my annual golf games during these months. It’s tiring but incredibly enjoyable. My favorite holiday place around Manila has to be Tagaytay, with three excellent courses (Splendido, Tagaytay Highlands, and Tagaytay Midlands) plus a host of great restaurants in the area, and a good array of family attractions; we could easily spend four relaxing days here. Golf and food aside, this is really an opportunity to take things slow with the people I love. It’s about reconnecting, enjoying company, and reliving the past while preparing for the future; and while the cool Tagaytay weather adds to the ambiance, it is just as easily done at home, at the park, at a mall, or anywhere a group can gather to laugh loudly and embrace warmly. The Holiday can (and should) be the time to recharge the body as well. Sure there is always much food to eat, and many late nights and early mornings, but with the call for simplicity ringing loudly this year I am sure that we can all find a way to celebrate in a more modest manner. I’m sure our arteries and waistlines could stand to eat less rich food, drink a few less glasses of alcohol, and eat fewer sweets. Most importantly, don’t neglect the gym or fitness habit that you’ve built over the year.
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And if you haven’t started one, do it before the New Year. You’ll need to be as strong as possible to get through the Holiday season, plus the endorphins that the exercise sessions releases perks up your mood like no other Christmas carol. Speaking of carols — I love them. I love filling my music player with them and playing them the whole day. I love popping them into my sound system at home and falling asleep to lyrics filled with joy, peace, goodwill, and the Messiah. People say that for our hands to do good deeds our ears must first be filled with good messages — I like to think that carols do this for me. In this season, I pray that each of you find your good messages; be they from shows you watch, services you attend, or literature that you read. While we are all people of different religions, cultures, and upbringings, the message of a single human race that lives to bring harmony to our world is one that holds true to us all. May we all hear this message and hold it close to our hearts. To be completely honest, it is challenging to write about anything other than Yolanda at a time like this. The stories play continuously on the television, and the social commentary is incessant on the internet; and I personally believe that our call as a community that loves sports, good things, and good company can work together to embody that spirit of a singular humanity. I know that many of you have generously given your resources for the effort, and I do hope that you continue to do so. Spend some time volunteering, take your family, and take your friends. Talk about the rehabilitation effort and throw around some ideas; who knows, you may think of something that could change the game entirely. Then go do it. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Seasons Greetings — may your homes and hearts overflow this season, and may these blessings be shared to one and all.
Such is golf! YOUNG GUNS by Luigi Tabuena
ne afternoon, while watching my son Miguel warm up on the range and putt on the practice green, I chanced upon a 14-year-old boy — a junior golfer — and thought I would walk over and say hello. He was a little shy when I came up to him. I know him to be not too talkative. I asked him how he was, and how his game was going. His father joined us and we exchanged light conversation, about golf, of course. Very candidly he asked for advice for his son. I asked his son if he enjoys playing golf. I told him that, at his age, he should know more or less if he really wants to continue playing competitively. I went further to explain that golf is a lonely game. Nobody comes to watch you play. There are no real honest-to-goodness galleries in the Philippines. Only your parents, and maybe brothers and sisters, will make time to follow your game. I suppose that I was telling him all these in order to get rid of any false expectatio he may have. The lad replied that, yes, he really enjoys it and wants to continue playing golf. “That's good,” I remarked. “Do you really want to play or is your dad urging you strongly or forcing you to play?” Again he replied in a positive tone, making me realize that this boy really and truly wants to play golf. I talked to him about taking his game to the next level. “The problem,” I explained, “is that you need to play with players much better than yourself. If you are beating everyone here in your age group, then you have to compete against older and more talented players. You have to play in as many regional tournaments as you can. You will definitely have to get used to foreign competition. You don't want to be a big fish in a small pond.” The lad’s eyes were wide open. He was clearly listening. I guess I must have been making sense. Believe
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it or not, every so often I do have that ability. I continued, “Do what you are doing now. Watch as many tournaments as possible. That is the way you will learn.” Then I asked him about his coach. My words were also directed to his father. I told him to be sensitive to his son’s interaction with his coach. I told him that the time will come when the original coach may no longer be the right mentor for his son. “You will need a swing coach as well as a short game coach. Then you will also require help with your mind. There will come a time that you will need to say farewell to your coach. It's all part of the game.” We also took up the issue of schooling. Unfortunately, school and golf don't necessarily go together. Our Philippine school set-up does not allow time needed to play golf. But schools like La Salle and others (because other schools are just "others") have finally seen the light and have concluded that they need to adjust their curriculum schedules to address the intricacies of golf. Lastly, I mentioned to the lad and his father that golf has many ups and downs; peaks and valleys if you will. It can be very rewarding and at the same time very discouraging. Sometimes you may even want to quit. That's just the nature of the game. I really hope I encouraged the boy. I know the father was all-ears. I knew he wanted to ask me how long the process would take. So I offered the answer before he could speak. I said, “Don't be in such a hurry. It will take time.” One of the best short game coaches, Rick Gibson, always mouths a one-liner, "Play your best and accept the rest". Very true. Such is life. Such is golf!
My Year In Review KYI HLA HAN
Kyi Hla Han is the Executive Chairman of the Asian Tour
2013 has been a very well documented year. From this monthly column, to my blogs on www. asiantour.com, photos, and many television and press interviews that I’ve given, my thoughts for this year have been documented in countless ways. While the views and topics might differ, they all share a common theme. They articulate my past, present and future journey in the world of golf as well as my hopes and dreams for the Asian Tour. This year was especially symbolic for the Asian Tour as it heralded a new milestone with the celebration of its 10th season as a player-led organization. Throughout the year, I’ve penned my thoughts on a wide range of issues. The year started with a bang with a record number of entries for our prestigious Qualifying School; and our Asian Development Tour (ADT) receiving official world ranking status. The Tour made significant headway as we announced several new events with the Chiangmai Golf Classic, Solaire Open, and Resorts World Manila Masters. Launch of new events are always exciting as it highlights the growing appeal of the Tour to Corporate Asia and, more importantly, provides playing opportunities for
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our members. Throughout the year, I’ve also provided insights on my playing days and personal life. My memoirs touched on my life on Tour, playing alongside the world’s best players, finding my self-belief when I won the Order of Merit in 1999, and also my wife and daughter as my constant pillar of support and inspiration. I’ve looked back at past photos of me together with Vijay Singh, Olle Nordberg, Ajai Gupta, Myo Win, and Dom Boulet, who until today, still remain as the best of friends. The simplicity of those photographs is humbling. It’s a static picture but yet profoundly unpretentious. Brothers in arms, gracing the fairways of golf courses around the world, and having fun together. But in its simplicity lies its power. Our friendship has withstood the test of time, which in many ways mirror that of the Asian Tour. Through the years, it has grown from strength to strength, unrivaled in many ways. Great deserving champions have made the Asian Tour proud this year and this trend will undoubtedly continue in the years to come. It has been a glorious 2013 and I believe I’ll be drawing reference to that word in many more ways come 2014!
WINNING REFLECTIONS The powerful Scott Hend rolled the right numbers at the Venetian Macau Open, shooting a fourunder-par 67 for a 16-under-par 268 total. The Australian defeated India’s rising star Anirban Lahiri by three shots. And in this latest segment of Winning Reflections, he talks about winning his third Asian Tour title in 2013. By Scott Hend
his year has been pretty good. It was important to win again for the third time. It felt good. I’ve been working hard. I’m not going to tell you exactly how because if anyone else finds out what I’m doing, I won’t be winning (laughing). So, I’ve been working really hard on hitting some targets and I’m achieving some goals. There's a big picture at the end of the tunnel and that’s another goal I’m trying to achieve. But right now, Tony (Carolan) and I have got our little boxes that we are trying to tick every week — and some weeks it works, some weeks it doesn’t. Luckily for me, it’s worked a couple of times this year. 14
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When Tony was out on the Asian Tour playing, we played a lot of practice rounds together. We room together a lot. So I feel pretty honored by him to actually say yes and come out and caddie for me until he gets his chance to go back to Qualifying School in 2014 and get his card back, which I have no doubt he’ll do because he’s such a great player himself. On the golf course, it’s good, because we sort of play golf a little differently, and the perspective from both sides has sort of helped me to channel my game. I have targets and goals. Obviously, if you want another target, it would be to win again. That would be a nice target. You know, once you win, you get the feeling
of how good it is to win and you want to keep winning. You’re not fortunate enough to win every year and I’ve been lucky enough to win once last year and then I’ve won three times this year. So I’m very fortunate to get that feeling, and it’s a nice feeling. I’m working physically and mentally on my game. I’m working very hard. You can’t work on your game and not work on yourself physically and mentally, because they have all got to be pretty much as strong as each other. And you can’t just work on your strong points. You have to work on your weaknesses. There’s a lot to do with it. And also dietary wise, I’m trying to eat a little bit smarter and drink a little bit less. It’s just all little things in life that you try and do to achieve a goal. I chased the guys down from behind in Chiangmai. The other week in Taiwan, I led from the front and today I led from the front again. I’m not a one dimensional player. I’m not just a guy that can play well on a Sunday and come from behind. I’d like to think that I have the ability to play well enough and shoot a score when I have to.And in the last two wins, I’ve sort of proved to myself and to other people that I can lead from the front and hold the lead, which once again is nice to get that feeling. Ernie Els is one of the great players in the game from the past and also present. I knew I was going to be up for a hard task, because you have one of the best
players in the world trying to come at you in the same group. It was always going to be difficult to try and hold him off. I had to remain patient; and I remained patient. He made a few birdies, and I knew he was coming at me, and I just had to wait for my time to come and it did. 15
with BAEK SEUK-HYUN
In the latest segment of Winning Edge, Korean rising star Baek Seuk-hyun reveals a simple but effective tip on how to hit a solid putt. The Thai-based Korean says this golf tip below can help many amateur golfers improve on their putting just by using two tees.
Step 1 Place your putter head on the ground and place two tees at each end of the putter. Leave a bit of space from the edge of the putter head so you have space to manoeuvre your putting stroke.
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Step 2 Practice your putting stroke and make sure your putter is aligned with the two tees. Amateurs often make the mistake of moving the putter when they putt.
By Baek Seuk-Hyun
Step 3 Always remember to keep your head down and never look at the hole immediately after making impact with the ball. When you look at the ball at impact, your clubface will open, causing the ball to move in a different direction.
Step 4 Always have a relaxed grip. This will help you when you are under pressure to sink that important birdie or par putt!
Country: Date of Birth: Residence: Family: Turned pro:
Korea Oct 8, 1990 Bangkok Single 2008
PRO WINS: (2) 2010 Singha Arthitaya Championship, Thailand, 2010 Singha Challenge Park Golf Championship, Thailand. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Baek earned his Asian Tour card in 2010 by finishing in the top-40 of Qualifying School. He endured a slow start to the season before bursting into life with a tied 10th placing at the Kingâ€™s Cup in Thailand. He surprised even himself when he took the second and third round lead at the Hero Honda Indian Open and was on the brink of victory but faded with a final round 73 to finish in second place, two strokes from the champion Rikard Karlberg of Sweden. The performance was good enough to help him earn his full playing rights for the 2011 season. In 2011, his best result was a tied-16th finish at the Macau Open. The Korean went on to enjoy four top-10 finishes in 2012. He has been based in Thailand since 2004.
The Rules of Golf Definitions Part 2
Prepared and Compiled by Mr. Carlos Coscolluela, Vice President and Chairman on Rules (NGAP)
Line of Play The line of play is the direction that the player wishes his ball to take after a stroke, plus a reasonable distance on either side of the intended direction. The line of play extends vertically upwards from the ground, but does not extend beyond the hole. Line of Putt The line of putt is the line that the player wishes his ball to take after a stroke on the putting green. Except with respect to Rule 16-1e, the line of putt includes a reasonable distance on either side of the intended line. The line of putt does not extend beyond the hole. Loose Impediments Loose impediments are natural objects, including: • stones, leaves, twigs, branches and the like, • dung, and • worms, insects and the like, and the casts and heaps made by them, provided they are not: • fixed or growing, • solidly embedded, or • adhering to the ball. Sand and loose soil are loose impediments on the putting green, but not elsewhere. Snow and natural ice, other than frost, are either casual water or loose impediments, at the option of the player. Dew and frost are not loose impediments. Lost Ball A ball is deemed lost if: a. It is not found or identified as his by the player within five minutes after the player’s side or his or their caddies have begun to search for it; or b. The player has made a stroke at a provisional ball from the place where the original ball is likely to be or from a point nearer the hole than that place (see Rule 27-2b); or c. The player has put another ball into play under penalty of stroke and distance under Rule 26-1a, 27-1 or 28a; or d. The player has put another ball into play because it is known or virtually certain that the ball, which has not been found, has been moved by an outside agency (see Rule 18-1), is in an obstruction (see Rule 24-3), is in an abnormal ground condition (see Rule 25-1c) or is in a water hazard (see Rule 26-1b or c); or e. The player has made a stroke at a substituted ball. Time spent in playing a wrong ball is not counted in the five-minute period allowed for search. Marker A marker is one who is appointed by the Committee to record a competitor’s score in stroke play. He may be a fellow-competitor. He is not a referee. Move or Moved A ball is deemed to have moved if it leaves its position and comes to rest in 18
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any other place. Nearest Point of Relief The nearest point of relief is the reference point for taking relief without penalty from interference by an immovable obstruction (Rule 24-2), an abnormal ground condition (Rule 25-1) or a wrong putting green (Rule 25-3). It is the point on the course nearest to where the ball lies: (i) that is not nearer the hole, and (ii) where, if the ball were so positioned, no interference by the condition from which relief is sought would exist for the stroke the player would have made from the original position if the condition were not there. Note: In order to determine the nearest point of relief accurately, the player should use the club with which he would have made his next stroke if the condition were not there to simulate the address position, direction of play and swing for such a stroke. Observer An observer is one who is appointed by the Committee to assist a referee to decide questions of fact and to report to him any breach of a Rule. An observer should not attend the flagstick, stand at or mark the position of the hole, or lift the ball or mark its position. Obstructions An obstruction is anything artificial, including the artificial surfaces and sides of roads and paths and manufactured ice, except: a. Objects defining out of bounds, such as walls, fences, stakes and railings; b. Any part of an immovable artificial object that is out of bounds; and c. Any construction declared by the Committee to be an integral part of the course. An obstruction is a movable obstruction if it may be moved without unreasonable effort, without unduly delaying play and without causing damage. Otherwise, it is an immovable obstruction. Note: The Committee may make a Local Rule declaring a movable obstruction to be an immovable obstruction. Opponent An opponent is a member of a side against whom the player’s side is competing in match play. Out of Bounds Out of bounds is beyond the boundaries of the course or any part of the course so marked by the Committee. When out of bounds is defined by reference to stakes or a fence or as being beyond stakes or a fence, the out of bounds line is determined by the nearest inside points at ground level of the stakes or fence posts (excluding angled supports). When both stakes and lines are used to indicate out of bounds, the stakes identify out of bounds and the lines define out of bounds. When out of bounds is defined by a line on the ground, the line itself is out of bounds. The out of bounds line extends vertically upwards and downwards. A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies out of bounds. A player may stand out of bounds to play a ball lying within bounds.
Objects defining out of bounds such as walls, fences, stakes and railings are not obstructions and are deemed to be fixed. Stakes identifying out of bounds are not obstructions and are deemed to be fixed. Note 1: Stakes or lines used to define out of bounds should be white. Note 2: A Committee may make a Local Rule declaring stakes identifying but not defining out of bounds to be obstructions. Outside Agency In match play, an outside agency is any agency other than either the player’s or opponent’s side, any caddie of either side, any ball played by either side at the hole being played or any equipment of either side. In stroke play, an outside agency is any agency other than the competitor’s side, any caddie of the side, any ball played by the side at the hole being played or any equipment of the side. An outside agency includes a referee, a marker, an observer and a forecaddie. Neither wind nor water is an outside agency. Partner A partner is a player associated with another player on the same side. In threesome, foursome, best-ball or four-ball play, where the context so admits, the word player includes his partner or partners. Penalty Stroke A penalty stroke is one added to the score of a player or side under certain Rules. In a threesome or foursome, penalty strokes do not affect the order of play. Provisional Ball A provisional ball is a ball played under Rule 27-2 for a ball that may be lost outside a water hazard or may be out of bounds. Putting Green The putting green is all ground of the hole being played that is specially prepared for putting or otherwise defined as such by the Committee. A ball is on the putting green when any part of it touches the putting green. Referee A referee is one who is appointed by the Committee to decide questions of fact and apply the Rules. He must act on any breach of a Rule that he observes or is reported to him. A referee should not attend the flagstick, stand at or mark the position of the hole, or lift the ball or mark its position. Exception in match play: Unless a referee is assigned to accompany the players throughout a match, he has no authority to intervene in a match other than in relation to Rule 1-3, 6-7 or 33-7. Rub of the Green A rub of the green occurs when a ball in motion is accidentally deflected or stopped by any outside agency (see Rule 19-1). Rule or Rules The term Rule includes: a. The Rules of Golf and their interpretations as contained in Decisions on the Rules of Golf; b. Any Conditions of Competition established by the Committee under Rule 33-1 and Appendix I; c. Any Local Rules established by the Committee under Rule 33-8a and Appendix I; and d. The specifications on: (i) clubs and the ball in Appendices II and III and their interpretations as contained in A Guide to the Rules on Clubs and Balls; and (ii) devices and other equipment in Appendix IV. Side A side is a player, or two or more players who are partners. In match play, each member of the opposing side is an opponent. In stroke play, members of all sides are competitors and members of different sides playing together are fellow-competitors. Single See Forms of Match Play and Forms of Stroke Play. Stance Taking the stance consists in a player placing his feet in position for and
preparatory to making a stroke. Stipulated Round The stipulated round consists of playing the holes of the course in their correct sequence, unless otherwise authorized by the Committee. The number of holes in a stipulated round is 18 unless a smaller number is authorized by the Committee. As to extension of stipulated round in match play, see Rule 2-3. Stroke A stroke is the forward movement of the club made with the intention of striking at and moving the ball, but if a player checks his downswing voluntarily before the clubhead reaches the ball he has not made a stroke. Substituted Ball A substituted ball is a ball put into play for the original ball that was either in play, lost, out of bounds or lifted. Teeing Ground The teeing ground is the starting place for the hole to be played. It is a rectangular area two club-lengths in depth, the front and the sides of which are defined by the outside limits of two tee-markers. A ball is outside the teeing ground when all of it lies outside the teeing ground. Three-Ball See Forms of Match Play. Threesome See Forms of Match Play. Through the Green Through the green is the whole area of the course except: a. The teeing ground and putting green of the hole being played; and b. All hazards on the course. Water Hazard A water hazard is any sea, lake, pond, river, ditch, surface drainage ditch or other open water course (whether or not containing water) and anything of a similar nature on the course. All ground and water within the margin of a water hazard are part of the water hazard. When the margin of a water hazard is defined by stakes, the stakes are inside the water hazard, and the margin of the hazard is defined by the nearest outside points of the stakes at ground level. When both stakes and lines are used to indicate a water hazard, the stakes identify the hazard and the lines define the hazard margin. When the margin of a water hazard is defined by a line on the ground, the line itself is in the water hazard. The margin of a water hazard extends vertically upwards and downwards. A ball is in a water hazard when it lies in or any part of it touches the water hazard. Stakes used to define the margin of or identify a water hazard are obstructions. Note 1: Stakes or lines used to define the margin of or identify a water hazard must be yellow. Note 2: The Committee may make a Local Rule prohibiting play from an environmentally-sensitive area defined as a water hazard. Wrong Ball A wrong ball is any ball other than the player’s: • ball in play; • provisional ball; or • second ball played under Rule 3-3 or Rule 20-7c in stroke play; and includes: • another player’s ball; • an abandoned ball; and • the player’s original ball when it is no longer in play. Note: Ball in play includes a ball substituted for the ball in play, whether or not the substitution is permitted. Wrong Putting Green A wrong putting green is any putting green other than that of the hole being played. Unless otherwise prescribed by the Committee, this term includes a practice putting green or pitching green on the course. 19
Resorts World Manila Masters
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or one humanitarian moment, China’s Liang Wen-chong came to the rescue of the victims of super typhoon Yolanda. The quiet afternoon of November 17 will be best remembered not only for Liang’s playoff win over Thailand’s Prom Meesawat but also the Chinese’s gesture of donating half of his $135,000 winnings to the Philippine National Red Cross’ efforts to help of storm-hit Samar and Leyte. “This is my share to help. I hope this sparks a stronger tie between China and the Philippines,” stated Liang after the awarding ceremony attended by Resorts World Manila COO Stephen Reilly, Asian Tour CEO Mike Kerr and Manila Southwoods chairman Robert Sobrepena. Liang was not the only one who chipped in. Resorts World Manila, a big Casino operator, gave out P2-million while Asian Tour and host venue Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club each doled out a million pesos to coffers of the Red Cross. One day after, Singapore’s Mardan Mamat likewise donated half of his earnings too. Frankie Minoza, the revered senior who still plays on the Asian and Japan Tours, earlier promised to give if he won. Too bad, he missed the cut off score, including several other Filipino
pros in the local ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour, by a mere one stroke. “Resorts World Manila, Manila Southwoods and us were very much happy with the turnout of the Masters. Everyone pitched in efforts to ensure the successful staging. I am seeing another good year in 2014,” said Cho Min Thant, tour development manager of Asian Tour. Liang went through the eye of the needle for the win. He had to birdie the par-5 No. 18 twice—the first to catch up and tie with Prom at the end of regulation and on sudden death when he defeated the title-hungry Prom, whose second shot landed on the fairway bunker. “I kept my composure in those two holes,” said Liang, who used a 21-degree hybrid club that setup a nice birdie finish from inside 10 feet. Charles Hong, the 25-year-old standout from Cebu City, became the best-placed Philippine bet at ninth place that pocketed him more than $14,400 (approximately P600,000), the most he had in any tournament, both foreign and local. Angelo Que, closed out in tied-25th while Rey Pagunsan, uncle of Juvic Pagunsan, 2011 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, signed for a 72 to take a share 29th place. 21
PRIDE & TEAMWORK AT PLAY Written by Monique A. Ignacio
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hey won it again. The Southwoods Masters team bagged the coveted Championship Division of the 8th PAL Interclub Ladies Golf Tournament held at the Ranchos Palos Verdes Golf & Country Club in Davao. It's hard enough to win this most prestigious tournament once, but Southwoods has consistently dominated the PAL Ladies Interclub for the last 3 years. How do they do it? What exactly does it take for a diverse team of ladies to win this tournament three times in a row? “I believe we have a deep bench of talents in Southwoods,” says team captain Beachie Abiera. The Southwoods Masters ladies team was composed of Abby
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Arevalo, Lora Roberto, Miya Legaspi, Missy Legaspi, Annika Cedo, Katrina Gonzalez, Beachie Abiera, and Claire Ong. It was a mixed group of players with the youngest golfer being only 11 years old and a team handicap average of 5. The PAL ladies Interclub format is Molave — with 4 golfers playing per day and the 3 top scores are counted. Each golfer can only play two days out of the three playing days. “Unlike any other tournament, having the right mix of players and who to field per day is very important because of this format. We didn't want to take any chances so we fielded our best mix. Each member of our team played their best. We all had one goal and because of that, everyone
contributed to the win. We trusted that each one of us will play with integrity and uphold golf to its truest form. It's been a team effort all the way and the support from Southwoods, through the leadership of Bob Sobrepena, has been overwhelming. I am proud to say that my journey as team captain for Southwoods has been so fulfilling,” Beachie said. The ladies teamwork, pride and passion to excel is what set Southwoods apart from the rest of the other teams in the PAL Ladies Interclub Championship. We look forward to watching the Southwoods ladies tee off in the 9th PAL Interclub to be held in Cebu in 2014. Our hats off to you!
hree consecutive days of competitive golf requires a lot from a team. Even with a lot of focus and determination to win anything can happen. Each member of Southwoods has a story to tell.
swing and a fast downswing so that my ball contact would be great. A good tempo, made me feel relaxed throughout my game. Lora Roberto:
I really like that the Southwoods Club supports our ladies team. I have some great teammates! We all share a common goal â€” and that is to do our best and try to win with fairness and integrity. What sets us apart from all the other teams is the bond we have from playing together for over 10 years. We also continuously develop young golfers. The magic combination of our seasoned golfers together with our new young talented players worked enormously well for the team. Beachie Abiera:
My most memorable shot of the tournament was in hole no. 2 on the 2nd day of the tournament. The tee was in the back and after I hit my ball, it almost went in! Everyone was excited and there was a lot of shouting. I made a birdie on that hole. Abby Arevalo:
I have not played tournament golf for the longest time. So for me getting back into that competitive feeling again was a challenge. Although the course was not long, I had to play certain holes wisely. Being too aggressive can cause you bogeys out there and that is why staying patient and sticking to my game plan helped me play well. Playing for 4 to 5 hours and staying focused is very hard. I just focused on each shot and did not think of the next one or next the hole. I also took breaks in between shots and enjoyed the company of my flight mates as golf is serious enough; having fun out there never hurts. Claire Ong:
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Palos Verdes is one of my favorite courses. One can opt to be aggressive or play safe and lay it up. The two-tiered course layout is designed to make you think about your shots â€” deciding where you want to land the ball. Plus the greens are tricky and challenging! It was rewarding to join the PAL Ladies Interclub; being able to meet other golfers from different countries. It is also nice that PAL is able to promote the city (Davao) that hosts its tournament. I consider the PAL Interclub as one of the more major tournaments for our team to participate in.
The Year-End Review
Marissa Romano talks about WGAP's progress and plans Written by KC Calpo Photographed by Manuelito Romano and Marvin de Guia
side from back-to-back holiday celebrations, the months of December and January provide us with valuable opportunities to review the year that was. And with the 2013 season officially over for the Women's Golf Association of the Philippines (WGAP), it's not just about reflection — it also involves hitting the 'Refresh' button on some aspects. We had a chat with Marissa Romano, the current WGAP president, to find out what happened this year and
what we can look forward to for the next one. Much has changed since our very first conversation (see Impact's July 2012 issue!). One of the most noticeable changes is that — thanks to a profitable 2012 — WGAP now provides five free slots for its member clubs per tournament. The clubs hold a lottery before every WGAP event, with more than 40 player slots up for grabs throughout the year. This move got the member clubs more excited to join the circuits, with the number of
players for each leg increasing. More tweaks were done for the circuits. Besides getting major lifestyle brand Champion Infinity as a title sponsor for the annual LuzViMin tilt, WGAP has added individual prizes for the season's top 15 players (coming from WGAP's 11 member clubs and estimated 300 individual golfers). “They're competing for the circuit, for the bigger tournaments, for the points, and they're also competing for [the prizes]... Parang nagkaroon ng mini-tour25
nament in a tournament. It got them [more] motivated and excited,” she said. Also, the WGAP players are kept in the loop through a bimonthly newsletter, distributed through their home clubs. This helps settle previous issues regarding information dissemination. According to Marissa, “[We're doing this] so they will know more about WGAP, what's happening outside the circuit and the tournaments they're playing... para mas makilala nila.” The newsletter's second issue con26
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tains photos from another 2013 development: themed awarding programs. For the 2013 LuzViMin tourney at the Marapara Golf and Country Club, the WGAP Board held a Masskara-themed ceremony; a hat tip to their host city (Bacolod) and its famous festival. More fun themes will be implemented in future programs and gatherings. These little changes were made in anticipation of big, long-term effects; and weren't done lightly. It really helps that the folks heading WGAP are detail-oriented, most especially
for the existing budgets. “After each leg, meron kaming monthly Board meeting. One of the things that we always look at is the financial picture of that leg,” Marissa explained. The ultimate goal is to remain in the black; whatever's earned for each leg is put back into the coffers and shared equally among the members. While making a lot of headway, one major goal wasn't met this year: the formation of a new WGAP division for younger female players — specifically, those also playing in jungolf and amateurs. Marissa pitched the idea to the
Board at the start of 2013, but “it was too soon to create a new one.” And in response to the fear that the new division will result in an uneven playing field, golfers are paired according to handicap, so there would only be minor differences during play. Several notable jungolfers have made waves in WGAP legs, but Marissa believes the creation of a special division for younger players is important for their training for the big leagues — particularly in behavior, language, and pace. “I personally believe [that] unless we have a division just for them, hindi sila masyado maglalaro [in WGAP]. They want to play with their peers. They also want to make friends... It doesn't become relevant if they don't have their own division. I still believe in developing the young... iba yung babae ang nag-aalaga sa mga girls,” she added. All changes were made with immense respect for WGAP traditions, and future changes will have the same reverence. “I always want to preserve WGAP's legacy,” Marissa said. “But I'm [also] not scared to make changes. [The key is] not to lose the original spirit, the original intent.” Among the items in the pipeline is a possible change of date for LuzViMin — the tee-off date may be moved to June because of heavy rains in previous tilts. “That's when [everyone has returned] from their summer vacations and it's just a few days before the opening of classes... That's one of the things we want to try,” she explained. Marissa is also hoping for the aforementioned new division for younger players by next year. “We have a lot of talent... we hope that WGAP could still perform its role in recognizing the potential of these girls, and exposing them to [more] international tournaments like the Queen Sirikit Cup." When asked which female golfers and teams performed well this year, she named Princess Superal, Samantha and Nikki Bruce, Pauline del Rosario, Chanel Aparicio; and the Alabang, Tagaytay, and Sta. Elena ladies' teams. As for WGAP, the organization has already begun working on the major 2014 tournaments and the eight circuits, including invitations for the Philippine Ladies Open in January. Other goals include getting more event sponsorships, and upping the number of local and foreign participants. “It's a lot of hard work, but [WGAP has] a very hardworking Board. And when we work together, it's not really work. We always have fun. Pagod kami, pero masaya. [Lots of] psychic income,” Marissa said. 27
Groundwork for the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club’s 2013 FORE BY FOUR INVITATIONAL Written by Therese Villanueva - Laforteza Photographed by Manuelito Romano
year-end event is usually the most anticipated. Most of the places you go to will overwhelm you with delight as the best and brightest festivities come to view and remind you that it is almost the end of the year — and you must close it with a bang! But for the VIPs, members, and guests of the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club in Barangay Javalera in Gen. Trias, Cavite, this feeling has been fulfilled for quite some time. You might ask how. The club brings out its big guns and the Eagle Ridge team organizes one of the biggest member-guest tournaments and the club’s main golf round — the Fore by Four Golf Invitational! Being one of the well-known golf clubs in the South-- and one of the biggest golf fa28
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cilities in Asia — Eagle Ridge has successfully sustained the Fore by Four Golf Tournament throughout the years. But before we get the 411 on this event from the gentlemen of Eagle Ridge, let’s get familiar with the tournament name itself. FORE – all Golfers (and those who frequent the golf course) know this by heart. This is one of the terms I made sure I understood first. It means move out of the way or else you will get hurt. But in a more academic definition based on the USGA Museum website: The word ’fore’ is Scottish in origin, and is a shortened version of the word ’before’ or ’afore.’ The old Scottish warning, essentially meaning "look out ahead," most probably originated in military circles, where it was used by artillery men as a warning to troops in
forward positions. Golfers as early as the 18th century simply adopted this military warning cry for use on the links. FOUR – this is definitely associated with the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club because it is the number of championship golf courses that are found there. It practically screams, “Choose your poison” to the giddy golfer. What are the choices? There’s the Isa Aoki Course, Andy Dye Course, Nick Faldo Course, and Greg Norman Course. The title alone shows how meticulously planned and how challenging this competition can get. But now it’s time to take a peek behind the scenes and have a little chat with the two main men who spearhead this tournament. Let’s first get to know the tournament’s background from Golf Director Bobby Chico:
What is the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club’s Fore by Four Golf Invitational? What is the main thrust of this tournament? The Fore by Four Invitational is a member-guest tournament, where a member invites his/her guest to form a team to compete against other member-guest teams. The Fore by Four Golf Tournament was established to allow members of Eagle Ridge to showcase their club and its facilities to their guests. How did this kind of tournament come about? As with any other member-guest teams, this tournament is a showcase of the club facilities to guests; that they may experience how it feels to play in our club. How many expected participants do you have every year? Four hundred to five hundred participants What do participants look forward to every year? One of our main attractions is 2 cars to be raffled off simultaneously; one for the member, and one for his/her guest. Furthermore, everyone finishes at the same time; the participants need not wait another day for the awarding. How has this tournament grown throughout the years? Our goal is always to outdo the previous year's Fore by Four. So far so good. I hope that one day we can claim that this is one of the anticipated member-guest tournaments
in the country What have you always aimed to achieve every end of the Fore by Four Golf Invitational? We want everyone to be happy when they leave Eagle Ridge. We want people to talk about us in a good way. We want members to take pride in their clubs. Lastly, we hope that guests consider being a member of Eagle Ridge. Now for this year’s Fore by Four Golf Invitational, Golf Manager Raymond Bunquin shares some insights on how they geared up and how this year’s tournament will be an addition to the Eagle Ridge belt of winning events. What preparations have you done for this year’s Fore by Four Golf Invitational? We have started our golf course recovery program. We are on our 4th month and the signs have been promising. The courses are more defined and the playability has improved immensely. The board of directors envisions all tournament courses in good condition all the the time. That is our goal and I believe we are moving in the right direction. Were there any special tasks or strategies that were planned or executed for this year’s tournament? In preparing for this year’s Fore by Four Tournament, we want to be in a different level. We would like to show that the club has turned to a new page, has become more attentive to
the members needs, and promotes camaraderie within the club. What can members and guests look forward to in this year’s tournament? We will give them an experience of a fun-filled golf weekend. They can expect a good time on and off the course during the duration of the tournament. The Four by Four Golf Invitational is an annual event, what can everyone look forward to in the next couple of years from this tournament? All the participants can expect well-prepared courses, good food, huge prizes, and cool entertainment. Only in Eagle Ridge will you see identical prizes for members and guests. And speaking of prizes, what are the items lined up for this year? Two Mitsubishi Mirage cars, tickets to the USA (from two different airline companies), gadgets, LED TVs, and a whole lot more! There’s also a Mitsubishi G4 Sedan as the hole-in-one prize. Based on what Bobby and Andrew said and knowing that this tournament can draw lots of participants and offer generous rewards, planning your 2014 year-ender seems to be a breeze. That’s right, the Fore by Four Invitational can just be your ticket to getting early Christmas presents, and if you aren’t lucky enough to get major and minor prizes? Well, you can just tell Santa Claus that you had a fantastic tee time with new found golf friends. 29
CONTINUING Tagaytay Highlands Golf Club and Tagaytay Midlands Golf Club Written and photographed by Redgie Cinco
In the early 1990s, businessman and Tagyatay Highlands founder Willy Ocier, stood at the foot of the infamous Palace In The Sky and pored over the expanse of land he had recently acquired. With views of the trifecta of Mount Makiling, Taal Volcano, and the Metro Manila skyline, it was easy to imagine how spine-tingling that feeling was. From this view came a vision and presently the realization that is Tagaytay Highlands. That vision continues to this day with the recent completion and playability of the spanking new Midlands Lucky Nine Golf Course.
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agaytay Higlands is a vast residential and recreational facility seeking to promote an exclusive enclave for the discriminating crop amidst the clear and crisp mountain air of Tagaytay. The entire property is generally subdivided into the 360-hectare Highlands (2,000 to 2,500 feet above sea level), the 670-hectare Midlands (1,000 to 1,500 feet above sea level), and the 260-hectare Greenlands (400 to 920 feet above sea level). The first ever structure to be built and completed is the Tagaytay Highlands International Golf Club; an 18-hole golf course. Describing this course as “challenging” is a gross understatement. The Midlands is the venue of the 18-hole championship golf course, Tagaytay Midlands Golf Club. The 9-hole Midlands Lucky Nine Golf Course is the latest addition. While being part of Tagaytay Midlands Golf Club, Lucky Nine is planned to be merged with the back nine of the Tagaytay Midlands Golf Club to form adistinct 18 hole championship golf course. But wait, there’s more! Another nine holes are now being planned and designed for construction in the 32
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near future. This will make Tagaytay Midlands Golf Club, as a whole, a 36-hole golf course. Add the 18 holes of their flagship golf course, Tagaytay Highlands International Golf Club, then you have a total of 54 holes. And by the way, both golf clubs have a reciprocity arrangement making it possible for members of either club to have access to play both courses. Accessibility to either course is further enhanced by the availability of the country’s first and only passenger cable car system and a 48-seater Swiss funicular system as well. If you do consider owning a residential property within Tagaytay Highlands, it would be alleviating to know that majority of the properties in these themed international communities come with membership rights to Tagaytay Midlands or The Country Club at Tagaytay Highlands. Coupled with this, you gain access to a host of other recreational, leisure, and world-class dining facilities Tagaytay Highlands has to offer. Challenging But Fair Visually, Midlands Lucky Nine seems to embody the risk-reward credo in course management. One would
conclude that the golf course designer employed the rolling terrain to its ultimate potential, subsequently producing an engaging and cerebral approach to playing the course. Midlands Lucky Nine does get a seal of approval from its Tagaytay Highlands Chairman Willy Ocier, as he himself described it as challenging but fair. Midlands Lucky Nine is composed of three par 5s, three par 4s, and three par 3s. Hole no. 1 is a par 4 slight dog leg right playing 278 yards. An army of bunkers guard the green against those of you who drive the ball long. Risk-reward? The opening hole is but a welcome gesture from the designer as it is the easiest hole among the nine holes. Hole no. 2 is the longest par 5 and second hardest hole of Lucky 9. The first of the par 3s, the 136 yard hole no. 3 is the shortest but the green is fronted by a water hazard making for an interesting tee shot. The other par 5, hole no. 4 plays at a manageable 490 yards but has the distinction of being the hardest hole. Hole No. 5 is a long par 3 offering up a host of challenges on an errant tee shot. Once you get to hole no. 6, you are faced with a sixty foot downhill shot. With the wind in play, you are
sure to have a longer consultation with your caddy before you hit your shot. The last of the par 5s is the 466 yard Hole no. 7. Relatively straight, relatively easy, but you may be relatively wrong; so be careful on this one. Hole no. 8 caps the par 4s. One thing is for sure, you really have to hit the fairway on this one. Hole no. 9 is the longest par 3 playing at 192 yards. Left side is Out of Bounds. Amen. After your round at Lucky Nine, you may want someone to blame or congratulate -- the principal designer of Midlands Lucky 9 Golf Course, John Olenoski. He brings with him 28 years of golf designing experience. Coincidentally, his first foray into golf course design was a 9-hole addition to his home town course in Pennsylvania during his senior year at Penn State University, where he took up Landscape Architecture. In 1985, fresh out of college, he joined world renowned golf course design firm, Arthur Hills and Associates. He would join Nicklaus Design in 1990 and further increase his applied knowledge in golf course design; having been involved in numerous projects in the United States, Morocco, China, 33
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Mexico, Russia, and the Philippines. In 2003, he set out on his own, carrying with him 18 years of valuable experience from the two leading golf design firms. His recent project here in the Philippines was the rehabilitation and restoration of Wack Wack East Course. Since the completion of Midlands Lucky Nine, Olenoski is now subsequently tasked to plan and design the fourth nine of Tagaytay Midlands Golf Course. Midlands Lucky Nine Inaugural Tournament On October 26, 2013, the golfing gods blessed Midlands Lucky Nine Inaugural Tournament with a bright and sunny morning. The few days before the tournament have been wet and rainy day so the organizers both welcomed the good weather and the tournament participants warmly. With the stunning views of Taal Lake, the Midlands Golf Course was officially opened and inaugurated by no less than Tagaytay Highlands founder, Mr. Willy Ocier. Play started at 10:00 A.M. and members and guests were immediately treated to the spanking new fairways
and greens of the course coupled with the stunning view of Taal Lake. The invitational tournament featured eight teams consisting of four men and one woman per team. Mr Willy Ocier, along with OIC for Chapel Affairs Mr. Henry Ocier, bannered the 8-team field. Club President, Mr. Jerry Tiu also joined the tournament along with Golf Services Manager, Mr. Rizaldy Legaspi. Midlands Golf Clubâ€™s Senior Sales Manager, Ms. Michelle Koo was also in attendance. The awarding was held at Highlands Steakhouse with the team of Mr. Henry Ocier securing the overall championship. Lucky Nine If you are wondering why they decided to call it Lucky Nine, it is not because the owners are avid fans of Baccarat; but it is associated with it. The company is embarking on a game changing integrated resort, its first entertainment destination outside of Tagaytay, targeted to start operations next year called the City of Dreams Manila. 35
How do you practice and is it proficient? Written By Daniel J. Sais
hat are we really practicing when it comes to golf? Are we grooving a swing, working on different aspects of our game or just beating balls? If you ask ten players these questions, you will most likely get ten different answers! These are some simple questions that I would like to ask golfers when they visit a driving range or the golf course. According to Webster’s Dictionary, the word practice means “to do something again and again in order to become proficient”. Now this sounds logical and it makes sense for the most part. But when it comes to golf I am not sure players even think about what they are doing when they practice. I see it almost on a daily basis when I visit driving ranges and golf courses around the country. And it’s not just here in the Philippines, I see this all over the world. Sometimes I think, we as players get to the driving range and forget what we are really doing and just basically do a glorified warm-up. Did we have a goal in mind for this practice session? Did we just want to get some stretching? Get reacquainted with the golf clubs? Or do we just want to break a sweat? In this article, I will break down the game by the percentages and let you (as players) decide if this makes sense. I will also show you how to practice with definitive goals during your practice sessions. After reading this, you will see how the most successful players in the game really practice and hopefully, we can incorporate this into our own practice regimen.I observed that the amount of time a player spends on practicing a certain skill is not proportional to the frequency it is used in a game. For example, I see most players spending time on their drivers during practice but in reality, they hit the driver fourteen times or less during a round of golf. The amount of time spent should match how much they use it in the course. Another one is putting. This, I believe, is the one aspect of the game that gets overlooked the most. Forty-two percent of the game is putting! Players tell me all the time that they are good putters because they don’t three-putt (that much)! To many coaches and
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instructors, including myself, that statement does not make any sense! If we two-putt every hole for eighteen holes, that is thirty-six strokes alone. On most championship or regulation golf courses, the par is seventy-two, so that is half right there. Now let’s talk about short game. We classify short game as one hundred yards to the hole and all the shots in between. This makes up twenty-five percent; and if you add putting to the total (short game), now its sixtyseven percent. How about the mid and long game? This makes up the final thirty-three percent with the driver being the least club used during most rounds. But I understand it and I know that players want to hit that driver as much as possible for some various reasons. One reason is that most of the drivers in our bags are usually less than two years old, so it’s the newest club in the bag. This is because the manufacturers produce a new driver every eight months; and they also have priced it to be the most expensive club in the bag! Why? Because they (club manufacturers) can! They also know with the right marketing hype and branding, they will sell! So, how do we change this paradigm? How do we work on the most important aspects of the game during practice? The tour players understand it and most of us will too. I have played professional golf at a high level and have watched my colleagues and friends hone their games and practice proficiently over the years! The goal of practicing is to be productive and efficient, and to ultimately understand our own game. Most top players start with the short game. Putting first, chipping and pitching second, then work on their wedges from one hundred yards, eighty yards, etc. Then the mid and long game. They pay close attention and focus on their targets and goals and try to make it interesting. For example, I go to the driving range with a goal of working on a particular aspect and then spend quality time on that during the session. If you don’t understand something or it does not work for you, take a lesson from a qualified coach/ instructor or watch a good player that you know is better at that aspect of the game and follow what he does.
“Ultimately the game of golf is about controlling the golf ball, and those of us who understand it, will score better than those who don’t”. – Daniel Sais There is an old saying in golf that, “if you play with good players, you will learn from them and elevate your own game.” I have seen this firsthand and believe this is true for most top players — amateur and professional. Same goes for practicing; watch the good players practice and you will learn and understand how to play this game at a better level! I have brought some students to professional golf tournaments just to have them watch. Students can really benefit from watching and following what tour players do; whether it be in warm up, practice round, or even in the fairway during their game. We can see everything, from a pre-shot routine, mannerisms, strategy and course management, to even some of the mental approaches, such as what they do or how they react after a bad swing or errant shot. All of these can be incorporated into our own games; if we just observe and comprehend what they are doing out there. Warm-up vs. Practice A warm-up is something we do before a round of golf that should include stretching, hitting some balls,
understanding your distances, and stroking some putts. Getting a feel for everything and making sure the body is ready to perform. A practice should be focused on a particular aspect of the game, whether it be putting, short game, or long game. Once we are proficient with an aspect, we move on to another one until we become better in the entire game. PUTTING - 42 % SHORT GAME - 25% MID & LONG GAME - 33% TOTAL GAME - 100% Hopefully, the next time you practice you will be more focused and productive and I will assure you it will translate into your overall game on the course. I tell my students all the time that this game requires practice but it’s how we practice, that makes us better! Practice and play well!
Daniel J. Sais is the president of Esquire Golf Management. His company is involved with golf course management, tournament planning, and marketing. He is a published writer and has taught thousands of lessons over the last twenty years. He is a PGA Professional, and is certified in teaching and club fitting and is available for lessons both mental and physical. He can be reached at 0917.562.1134. 37
HOW TO HAMPER THE DECLINE IN MEMBERSHIPS WRITTEN BY PEPOT IÑIGO
anagement decisions affect club members and employees. These are made with the intent of improving an existing system. Some decisions may have short-term or long-term effects. Before decisions are made however, a couple of matters need to be considered. The management has to deal with the opinions of stakeholders as conditions of the club heavily rely on their financial contributions or monthly dues. This is why decisions have to carefully deliberated upon prior to implementation. Otherwise, these could prove harmful to the club. About eight years ago, more than 300 rounds of golf for five (5) days in a week were reportedly being played in Riviera. A round lasted for more than six (6) hours — an amount of time way beyond what is acceptable. To address this, the management limited play of dependents to only one round a week. In turn, this lessened the rounds played by roughly 40. However, this decision harmed the club eventually. Some families withdrew their memberships. Most young players were disinterested in joining the club because there were a small number of young members to play with. Those young players or dependents of eight years ago are in the workforce right now and are very much capable of securing their very own membership with the club. The average age of members has increased due to the waning influx of young players. This is a genuine concern for the future of any golf club. To reverse the trend, junior programs should be conducted. Golf clinics and junior tournaments must be in place to keep the interest of our young players in the game. Cebu Country Club is a perfect example. Their junior program produced a champion national team , a professional tour winner, and most of their former junior players are now full-fledged members. Club tournaments should be interesting and should have enticing prizes. The clubs must study the number of participants in the monthly events and special tournaments. A declining number may imply that the tournaments are not interesting or challenging at all. Corrective measures should be discussed if this is the case. Good and exciting tournaments encourage prospective members to join clubs that offer these.
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An apt example for such is Orchard’s Club Championship. They awarded their club champion his very own personal parking space for a year. It is a small gesture but it can definitely encourage a lot of players to aim for the club championship. In effect, it increases participation without any additional expense. Course conditions always matter to members and visitors. Courses that are well-manicured frequently attract players. Well-maintained greens and lush fairways always draw golfers into the courses. Of course, well-conditioned sand traps complement the package because they eliminate the lucky and unlucky breaks of the game. It is always nice to play courses where skill, not luck, is the deciding factor of a good round. Half-empty bunkers is an evidence of neglect to the golf course. Good food and good service are a must for a lively clubhouse. Otherwise the clubhouse would be empty. Halfway houses must be filled with sandwiches and beverages. Anything short shows a lack genuine concern for its members and their guests. There are different types of golfers — golfers for leisure, golfers for exercise, diplomatic players, and competitive golfers. All want to improve their game. It is therefore important that practice facilities are complete. A consistent putting green (reflecting the actual condition of the greens in the fairway), a fairly functional driving range and an ample pitching area (with a practice sand trap) are a must. An incomplete set of facilities may discourage players trying to improve their skills and may eventually prompt them to transfer clubs. Finally, there's the service — giving members convenience and a sense of belonging. It gives a club a certain personality and flair. I have been to clubs that provided shuttle service from the parking lot to the clubhouse. I have seen greeters carry locker bags of arriving members to the lockers. These clubs make their members feel welcome and cared for. All these are doable without raising the expenses of the club. All it takes is a little imagination and the drive to improve. If management feels they are doing well, a club stagnates into oblivion.
Pepot Iñigo is the 2011 Philippine Senior Amateur and Federation of ASEAN Senior Champion
A New Line to Fit Your Game and Style Written by Paolo Santos
ecently, golfers are very particular with what to wear on the course. Thus, numerous brands have emerged from all over the world, hoping to get at least a portion of the golf apparel market. About 6 years ago, one that caught my eye was 3636. It is a fairly young brand thatwas initially put up as a hobby fueled by the passion for the game. Although it had limited choice of belts, shirts, and trousers, it has managed to create a following that led to the sale of its products worldwide. Now, their products are readily available online and through official retailers. I believe that it's a brand that is high in quality, unique in design yet functional; giving the J. Lindebergs and Nikes a run for their money. Website: www.3636golf.com
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CLUBHOUSE COLLECTION CLASSIC GOLF MOTIF BOOKENDS PHP2,095.00 Organize your desk and books with a pair of golf-themed bookends.
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CALLAWAY CNC COMBO TOOL PHP690.00 Extends groove life and Performance. Fits most irons.
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ODYSSEY MARXMAN PUTT-EASY PHP2,400.00 Helps develop a smooth, consistent putting stroke for all putting styles. CALLAWAY C420 COLLECTION SERIES SUN GLASSES PHP7,500.00 Features Neox perfornance-enhancing lens technology, an adjustable nose support and a stainless steel/ nylon frame.
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SWINGBYTE SWINGBYTE 2 P9,800.00 Swingbyte puts answers to a better golf game on your mobile device. Immediately after a swing, the Swingbyte app displays an interactive 3D visual of your swing along with key data. With real-time feedback in the palm of your hand, Swingbyte will help you improve faster!
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PUMA AMP CELL FUSION SL PHP8,230.00 Optimized for flexibility and traction, the AMP Cell Fusion has a full-length TPU chassis plus a mix of permanent, directionally molded S²QuillTec® spikes and replaceable S²Quill® spikes (70 total in each shoe).
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OAKLEY POLARIZED JUPITER CARBON PHP22,995 Optimized with the flexibility and comfort of Twin Shock™ spring hinges, Jupiter Carbon is our first hybrid design that blends the best of O Matter® frame material and premium carbon fiber.
OAKLEY LADDER POLO PHP2,995 Whether launching a bomb dead center down the fairway or saving par up and down from the bunker, the Short Sleeve Ladder Polo delivers premium comfort and athletic appeal with O Hydrolix fabric and engineered seams. 46
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NIKE PLAID SHORTS PHP3,450.00 The high-tech Dri-FIT fabric of the Nike Golf Plaid Shorts moves moisture quickly to the outer layer of the fabric, away from your skin, where it can quickly evaporate.
NIKE MODERN TECH PANT PHP3,130.00 Designed with a modern slim fit and flat front, the Modern Tech Pant offers an athletic look and unbeatable performance. .
FITFLOP FLEX LOAFER PHP7,490.00 The world’s most amazing loafer (with high-tech biomechanics inside). The groovy new hybrid soft-moc has a supercomfy midsole for walk-all-day cushioning and ergonomics. Available in: Pebble, Supernavy and Sunflower
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NIKE FASHION PRINT PHP1,550.00 The Nike Fashion Print Boys' Golf Polo is primed for performance on the course with stretch fabric that pulls sweat away from the skin for lasting comfort throughout the round. 47
LOUDMOUTH PINK & BLACK ARGYLE PUTTER GRIP P1,400.00 Great feel, great pattern, what more could you ask for? It includes a powerful rareearth magnet, which holds a ball marker securely in place within the gripâ€™s end cap.
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CALLAWAY SOLAIRE 14-PIECE SET PHP50,000.00 This all-in-one set provides ideal distance coverage and high ball flights out of a variety of lies so women feel confident that they have the right club for the next shot.
NIKE BRASSIE DAY BAG PHP2,650.00 Lightweight but tough enough to protect the essentials, the Nike Brassie Day Women's Golf Duffel Bag is padded and has a spacious interior.
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NIKE MODERN RISE PLAID PHP3,250.00 The sweat-wicking fabric of the Nike Modern Rise Plaid Women's Golf Shorts helps keep you dry and comfortable, while the allover plaid print offers a look that goes from course to clubhouse with ease.
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Ford Explorer EcoBoost Limited Written by Matthew Yngson Photographed by Andrew Ma. Guerrero
t was back in 1990 when the first Ford Explorer rolled out of the assembly line, paying homage to its big brother at that time â€” the Ford Bronco. Produced ahead of its other siblings, the Expedition and Excursion, the Ford Explorer has been the choice of many who wanted more space in their sport utility vehicle.
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LIFESTYLE American car manufacturers are known for their trucks; their reliability and long-term usability make them clear winners in this department against their European and Asian counterparts. The Explorer is no exception. Spanning more than two decades and now on its fifth generation, the Ford Explorer is at home, not only in your garage, but also at law enforcement agency car parks, fire stations, and emergency rooms. Being a versatile SUV, the Explorer has always been a staple at Ford’s stable and appeals to those who literally want more in their car. Released in 2011, the new generation Ford Explorer takes off from the last four ones by being the first of many Explorers to come with different genes. Green revolutionists have always stayed away from the Explorer as the 4.0-liter and 5.0-liter engines tend to not only put holes in their wallets but also in the ozone layer. From boxy to sexy — that’s how we can describe the new Ford Explorer — a total reinvention to an otherwise already great vehicle. A reinvention that was so good, the Ford Explorer was named North American Truck of the Year in 2011. Taking cues from Land Rover, thanks to its chief design engineer, Jim Holland(who was actually also a chief design engineer at Land Rover), the new Ford Explorer is sleek, sexy and fuel efficient. Say what?
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Introduced by Ford in 2009, the EcoBoost engine is something that the company is very proud of. Gone are the days when bigger engine meant better performance. And just to prove their point, Ford engineers put a 1.0-liter engine with 3 cylinders in a Formula Ford street legal race car. The car ran circles at the famous Nürburgring race track in Germany. The result?
It smashed the records of the Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari Enzo, and the Pagani Zonda in all their V12 engine glory. Oh by the way, the same 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is found in the newer Ford Fiesta. Taking off from this wonderful achievement, the Ford Explorer EcoBoost Limited has a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. Yes, a big vehicle
powered by a small engine. Thanks to great engineering that starts with gasoline direct injection and ends with turbocharging; the 4-cylinder engine replaces the old and massive V6 powerplant of yesteryears. Producing some 240 horses and enough torque to pull a small house (according to Ford), this engine achieves roughly 20% better fuel efficiency and about 15% reduction in greenhouse emissions compared to the older and bigger engines. Ford really outdid themselves on this one and this is the highlight of your commute in the Explorer.
Driving this SUV feels really good inside; and despite having 20-inch aluminum wheels, we were able to achieve about 1011 km/liter while driving around town. Bumps and bruises on the road were harmless and a particular favorite during our drive was the Explorer’s dual moonroof that will bring smiles to all passengers, both young and old. Sitting on the second row feels like your sitting at home on your favorite couch. Only the popcorn is missing. Ford was also nice enough to come up with inflatable rear seat-
belts, which are perfect for the kids seated at the back. The Explorer also has a third row that can comfortably seat two adults; and if you need to put balikbayan boxes, the seats can be stowed away with a push of a button. No more fiddling with trivial levers and controls because the Explorer has, what Ford calls, “PowerFold” on the third-row seat — simply awesome. This SUV also has a nice set of “toys” to help the driver, which includes a rear-view camera that is clear both in daylight and night time. This camera is your best friend especially when parking in malls. We were also ecstatic to learn that this car came with a unique driving assistance feature that Ford calls “SYNC” technology. This is not your ordinary in-car entertainment. Powered by Microsoft, the system connects to your phone and uses almost all facets of available technology, from GPS to the Internet, to make your travel not only comfortable but more importantly, a lot safer. Almost everything is done hands-free by literally talking to the car. Unfortunately though, one of the best features of the SYNC system, the 911-Assist feature, is not available in the Philippines. In case of an emergency, such as an accident that renders you unconscious, the car will automatically call the 911 service and other specific individuals to come to your aid. It’s sad though that this is not available locally and we are hoping that Ford brings something like this to our shores. Sold for about P2.4 million, the Explorer packs a punch inside and out. You get the much needed interior space that American SUVs are known for without the need to spend for wallet-crunching fuel. With this vehicle's long and impressive feature list, it's no wonder Ford dealers already have a long queue for this model.
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Steal a Quick Weekend Getaway at Villa Marinelli Written and Photographed by Camsy Ocumen
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fter a lengthy stroll in Paradizoo, flying a kite in the picnic grounds, and enjoying steaming bulalo and tawilis at the Mahogany Market, accommodation defines a good R&R weekend getaway in Tagaytay. Luckily there’s no lack of it here. There is one for every budget and décor taste for anyone looking for a place to stay in this city. If you’re in the mood for an accessible but quiet retreat somewhere that feels like home though, not a lot can promise to give you a homey experience as Villa Marinelli. Once a family vacation home, Villa Marinelli was converted to a hotel early this year, with a VIP suite building added just a couple of months later. If your idea of a great weekend is to unwind, take in fresh air, and enjoy natural scenery without the usual weekend crowd, then you should definitely book a room in Villa Marinelli. With pride in exuding a homely atmosphere, it has dubbed itself a "hometelle" — a home with the luxuries and services of a hotel. Its unassuming facade is easy to overlook, but those with the guts to go beyond its dark gates will be pleasantly surprised... and rewarded.
Villa Marinelli opens to a large concave sitting room filled with soft chairs and coffee tables. Huge windows at the far end allow natural light and fresh cool breeze, which Tagaytay is known for, to fill the entire room. Dozens of magazines of a variety of interests are propped against the wall, willing to be read by anyone who wants to leisurely
pass time. The room easily gives off an air of a lazy Sunday afternoon that is perfect for lounging and doing nothing at all. Unfortunately, we arrived on a cloudy day. Yet despite the ominous dark haze looming threateningly above, there's no denying the beauty of what was before us. Looking down from the windows at the far end of the sitting room, a wide and lov-
ingly-manicured garden awaits. The sprawling greenery rolls downhill to a swimming pool at the edge of the very hills surrounding Taal Lake itself. Its picture-perfect view of the lake and the volcano is unrivaled. One just needs to breathe in the surrounding air to expel Manila's vestiges of smoke from one's lungs . Though the place is spacious, this hotel only has 5 deluxe rooms and 4 VIP suites; ensuring that it never gets too crowded like the rest of city. The minimal number of rooms — and the fact that they are far apart from each other — is an assurance that all guests get the quiet and privacy they crave. Most of the time, with the exception of the reception desk, one won’t even see staff walking around the place. It is as if they just appear before you when you need help. Bedrooms are furnished with comfortable double beds, a spacious toilet and shower with heater, a study, a vanity area, a cable TV, and air-conditioning. The VIP suites have an en suite pantry and bar for entertaining guests. Guests with chronic 58
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back pain or scoliosis need not worry about waking up with a terrible ache. All the beds are equipped with back-friendly ribbed foam mattresses, ensuring a good nightâ€™s sleep. Villa Marinelli has its own coffee shop that serves roasted Italian coffee â€” something real coffee lovers should definitely try. Just a whiff of the coffee they serve is enough to give the popular coffee shops in the surrounding areas a run for their money. Besides, there is no better place to enjoy a steaming cup than in a garden of freshly cut grass surrounded by colorful flowers and breathtaking scenery. In this hometelle, you can wake up every morning to a majestic view of the sunrise on the Taal Lake from your very own bedroom balcony; or take a stroll across the gardens and breathe in the fresh smell of grass and morning air. Enjoy a tapsilog breakfast with a cup of brewed Italian coffee in the stone coffee shop above or in the al fresco dining area facing the garden and the view below. The place also has an indoor dining area or sit-
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ting room for those who prefer to enjoy their breakfast indoors. After breakfast, give your full stomach a rest by playing chess or billiards in the game room below. Take a stroll in the garden, swim a few laps in the pool, or head upstairs in the sitting room to read as you please. Come lunchtime, head outside and try out the the various diners in Tagaytay. The restaurant strip is only a short distance away and can easily be reached within5 minutes from Villa Marinelli. The lunch menu in the hotel is limited but their steaming bulalo rivals the bulalo served in the Mahogany Market. A single serving has a big bone filled with the juicy goodness of the “utak” inside. Needless to say, this meal isn’t for anyone in a weightloss program — one serving of rice just isn’t enough. Nothing caps a weekend retreat better than spending the rest of the afternoon enjoying a warm, bubbly bath in a tub — its glass walls allowing you a glimpse of your surrounding's lush greenery. After a night's stay, you'll surely be heading back to Manila renewed and revitalized. A great vacation need not be on some luxurious hotels in a far-flung destination, nor it be necessary to plan months in advance. Sometimes a short weekend is all you need in a quiet spot at the edge of Manila to unwind, relax, and enjoy. Thank heavens Villa Marinelli is there to fill this need.
Rates start at PhP3650.00. The entire Villa is available to be booked for special events. For inquiries, call or text +63 (999) 9988866. 61
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SIDDIKUR SURVIVES NERVOUS FINISH TO WIN HERO INDIAN OPEN
MALAYSIA’S FUNG JUMPS BACK INTO DRIVER’S SEAT ON ADT ORDER OF MERIT
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Bangladeshi Siddikur claimed a nervewracking one-stroke victory over local hopes S.S.P. Chowrasia and Anirban Lahiri at the 50th Hero Indian Open on Sunday for his second career title on the Asian Tour. Leading by four overnight, the tenacious Siddikur made life difficult for himself with a wobbly final round of three-over-par 75 at the Delhi Golf Club which allowed the chasing pack to breathe down his neck and apply the pressure. Chowrasia, who has won twice previously at the fabled Delhi venue, agonisingly missed a five-foot birdie chance on the 72nd hole to force a play-off as Siddikur ended a three-year winless run following his career breakthrough at the 2010 Brunei Open. Lahiri, who closed with a 70, shared second place with Chowrasia in the US$1.25 million tournament as he also rued a missed birdie chance on the last hole to force extra time in front of a large gallery, who were hoping to celebrate an Indian champion in the golden edition of the Hero Indian Open. A sensational eagle from about 30 feet on the last hole earned young Indian Rashid Khan a share of fourth place with countryman Chiragh Kumar, Filipino Angelo Que and Baek Seuk-hyun of Korea, who all ended the tournament two shots behind the champion. Siddikur, who led the Hero Indian Open from the opening round after what he termed as “playing the best golf of my life”, started strongly with birdies on the second and fifth holes but four bogeys over a six-hole stretch around the turn opened the door for his rivals to get close to him. He steadied the ship with birdies on 13 and 14 but a calamitous triple bogey seven on 15 and another bogey on 16 ensured a dramatic and nervy finish. But on the par three 17th, Sididikur nailed what would be the most important birdie of his tournament from 15 feet to regain a one-shot advantage as his rivals eventually missed opportunities to force a play-off. Siddikur, who earned US$225,000 62
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said: “I am so happy. After I won in Brunei, I struggled to win a tournament. It was a long day for me but it’s been the best golf of my life this week. Honestly, I didn’t put pressure on myself but I had some bad shots for bogeys but I had a good feeling that I would win this tournament. The putt on 17 was certainly the winning putt.” “I had a four-shot lead but on this golf course, I knew that Anirban (Lahiri) and S.S.P. Chowrasia will not play it safe. They could have shot a low score. In that case, I didn’t play safe and continued playing aggressively. “After winning Brunei in (2010) I was really hungry to win more tournaments but it didn’t happen. However, I still remained confident and I told myself that a big victory is coming my way. That big victory happened today,” smiled Siddikur. Chowrasia, who was chasing a third Asian Tour victory, signed off with a 72 which included four birdies against as many bogeys but lamented his missed opportunity on the last green when he pushed his putt past the hole to the despair of the home fans. “I was not consistent. I was not playing good and made a lot of small mistakes. I had problems reading the lines. But the last three days I have putted well. I needed to make an important birdie putt on 18th hole but it didn’t happen. May be next time,” said Chowrasia. Lahiri was in the thick of battle as he pursued his fourth Asian Tour title at the Delhi course, with three birdies around the turn pushing him into contention after starting the last day six shots behind Siddikur. But after dropping a shot on 12, the talented Indian failed to find another birdie to tie Siddikur. “I am very proud of my Hero Indian Open record. I was third some time back and last year I was fifth and now second. On the Asian Tour I have won once and this is my third second place this year. I have been putting myself in contention and giving myself a chance. So, I must be doing something right,” said Lahiri. - Asian Tour
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Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung got himself back into the driver’s seat of the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit following his runner-up finish at the PGM MIDF KLGCC Masters on Sunday. The 23-year-old Fung regained top spot on the rankings after earning US$7,105 to take his season’s tally to US$43,998 with one tournament remaining for the 2013 season. Previous Merit leader James Bowen of the United States slipped into second place with US$38,444 after finishing 41st in Malaysia. Another Malaysian, Iain Steel remained in the crucial third position on the Merit list with US$36,623 after coming in tied 28th on a week when Masaru Takahashi of Japan claimed his first ADT title with a three-stroke victory at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. The top-three players at the end of the 2013 season will earn prized Asian Tour cards for next year, hence it will be all to play for at the final tournament. Details of the season-ending event, which will be held in early January, will be announced in due course. Canadian Lindsey Renolds sits in fourth place, just a little over US$1,000 behind Steel while England’s Grant Jackson is fifth with US$27,180. Fung has enjoyed an impressive season on the ADT, which is the secondary circuit in the region operated by the Asian Tour. He won the PGM UMW Templer Park Masters earlier in the year and has added six other top10s, including three runner-up outings. “This is already my third runner-up finish this season but I’m happy with my performance so far. I’m glad to be on top of the merit list now. Hopefully I can maintain my good form till the end of the season,” said Fung. Into its fourth season, all ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points starting from this year. Winners on the ADT will receive a minimum of six world ranking points while the top six players and ties will earn points based on a sliding scale. The ADT was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011 and 13 last year. By the time the 2013 season concludes in January, it would have offered a record 16 tournaments.- Asian Tour
IN-FORM STENSON SET JOHNSON CLINCHES TITLE WITH TO LIGHT UP THAILAND LATE SHOW AT WGC-HSBC GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP CHAMPIONS Man-of-the-moment Henrik Stenson of Sweden will aim to win the Thailand Golf Championship next month before turning his focus on securing a Major title in 2014. After enjoying an incredible season by becoming the first player to win the US PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup and the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, Stenson said his goal now would be to lift a first Major championship trophy. “A Major championship is obviously the one thing missing on my result roll. I'm going to try my hardest. It's one of the tougher things to achieve. That's why they call it a Major championship; they’re the biggest events against the strongest fields on some of the toughest courses,” said Stenson. He will headline a star-studded field at the immaculate Amata Spring Country Club on the outskirts of Bangkok from December 12-15 where the other top stars include defending champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, who successfully defended his Alfred Dunhill Championship title last weekend on home soil, U.S. Open champion Justin Rose of England, former Masters Tournament winner Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler of the United States. Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, the current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader, Thongchai Jaidee, a three-time Asian Tour number one, Liang Wen-chong of China, India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar, winner of the Indonesia Open last week, and Scott Hend of Australia will also feature in the US$1 million Asian Tour event. Ranked third on the Official World Golf Ranking, Stenson believes there was still room for improvement in his game as he strives to become an even accomplished player. “It's about continuing to develop my game, trying to become better and hopefully I can prepare well and put myself in good position at any of those Majors going forward, and that's what makes you win golf tournaments; being up there on Sunday afternoon, the more times you can put yourself in contention, the more times you will win,” he said. “That's what I've done so many times this year by playing solid, good golf, and then I managed to win my fair share, as well, as a consequence of that.” Stenson played at the Amata Spring course several years ago and vividly remembers the challenging par three 17th island green which is the signature hole on the course as it boasts the only floating island green in Asia. “I think one of the key features is the island green. That's one thing that you don't forget easily. As always you've got to drive the ball well and be able to place your iron shots in good positions. It has a good variety, some challenging holes and some easier ones where you can make some fireworks happen hopefully,” said Stenson. Considering his achievements this year, Stenson will be one of the top contenders at the Thailand Golf Championship but he will not take the challenges from the Asian Tour stars lightly. “I've played a lot in Asia over my career. I've seen the development in certain new places and also in the ones that were kind of up and about in the golf game when I came out on Tour, I played my first year in 2001. “I think that one of the big markets and one of the big future developments, places in the world, is definitely in Asia. And with golf becoming an Olympic sport, I think that really will help grow the game in Asia and we will see more and more on every tour that we are getting Asian players coming out and making a mark and playing at a competitive and high level, and that's great for the game of golf,” he added. - Asian Tour
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Dustin Johnson of the United States fended off the challenges of defending champion Ian Poulter and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell by staging a late comeback with a final round sixunder-par 66 to win the WGC-HSBC Champions on Sunday. Trailing by one shot with six holes to play, the Ryder Cup star proved his title credentials by firing three birdies and an eagle to seal a three-shot victory with his winning total of 24-under-par 264 at the Sheshan International Golf Club. Poulter had to settle for second place after he closed with a 66 while McDowell also signed for a 66 to finish in third place. China’s Liang Wen-chong emerged as the highest-ranked Asian after he also posted a 66 to take a share of 15th place with Major winner Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa at the year’s final World Golf Championship. “I stuck to my game plan, and obviously I played really well on the last few holes of the front nine and had a great back nine. But the guys, they made it really interesting, and you know, I just played really good coming down the stretch,” said Johnson. “This is probably my biggest win, and with the field and the tournament, World Golf Championships, hopefully this is a sign of better things to come,” added the American. Having started his final round with a three-shot lead, Johnson saw his advantage wiped out after two holes. A three-putt bogey at the first hole from Johnson, combined with two opening birdies from Poulter, saw the pair tied on 17-under. It became a tight affair at the top of the leaderboard as McDowell set off with a scorching pace by firing three birdies in
his opening three holes. Birdies on the eighth and ninth holes got Johnson back into a share of the lead and although Poulter edged in front with a birdie on the 12th hole, Johnson matched his efforts with birdies on the 13th and 14th holes to set up a titanic finish. Johnson’s turning point came at the par-four 16th when he chipped in for eagle before going on to hit a glorious teeshot at the par three 17th and holed an eight-footer for birdie. After dropping his only shot a t the 15th, Poulter bravely holed a 12-foot birdie on the 16th to reduce Johnson’s advantage to two. He was however left to watch Johnson restore his three-shot advantage after another birdie on the 17th. “I guess it was a good defence. Obviously I’m a little disappointed not to put my hands back on the trophy, but 15 birdies and an eagle at the weekend is some pretty good golf,” said Poulter. “I'm in great form, I really am playing well. The work I've done, obviously leading up to this run of tournaments has really worked and I couldn't be hitting it any better right now and obviously rolling a few putts in,” added Poulter. While McDowell could not hide his disappointment on missing out on another grandstand finish, he took consolation in his weekend performance. “There’s obviously a pang of disappointment, but I’m generally just very proud of myself and the way I played this week tee to green. I didn't make a bogey all weekend and hit some really quality golf shots Dustin Johnson was in a different league off the tee and gave us a little bit of a sniff and then promptly slammed the door, so there was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it,” said McDowell.- Asian Tour
GLOBAL STARS THONGCHAI AND JIMENEZ NAMED AS CAPTAINS FOR ASIA AND EUROPE FOR INAUGURAL EURASIA CUP
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Thai golf superstar Thongchai Jaidee and Spanish icon Miguel Angel Jimenez have been selected as playing captains for Team Asia and Team Europe respectively for the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM next year. The hugely popular and successful duo will lead golfers from Asia and Europe in a battle for continental pride and honour over three days of Ryder Cupstyled matchplay golf at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur from March 27 to 29, 2014. Thongchai is a winner of an unprecedented three Asian Tour Order of Merit titles and has 16 professional victories to his name, including five wins on the European Tour and two Malaysian Open titles. The 44-year-old is one of the most respected and popular players in the game. The former Thai paratrooper has enjoyed a stellar season this year, highlighted by runner-up finishes at the Volvo World Match Play Championship and BMW Masters which helped propel him to an impressive ninth place in the European Tour’s 2013 Race to Dubai. He is currently ranked ninth on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit. The Thai number one’s experience across both Tours made him the natural choice for captain by the Asian Tour: Team Europe will be led by Spanish star Jimenez. Also known as The Mechanic due to his love of fast cars, Jimenez has played an astonishing 28 consecutive years on the European Tour, amassing 19 tournament wins along the way. Famed for his love of cigars and good living, Jimenez brings huge experience of team golf. As a player, he has participated in four Ryder Cups, including victories in 2004 at The Belfry, and 2010 at Celtic Manor. At the prestigious competition in Medinah last year, he was Vice Captain for Europe, putting him in prime position to lead Team Europe in Malaysia come March. 64
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The 49-year-old Malaga native is also no stranger to playing, and winning, in Asia. He has won six high profile tournaments in the region over his career, including his most recent win in 2012 at the Hong Kong Open, a title that also bestowed on him the honour of becoming the oldest ever winner on The European Tour. Jimenez is confident his past Ryder Cup experiences can help his team secure a win for Europe next March: Taking place at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Malaysia, the new biennial team matchplay golf tournament is presented by DRB-HICOM, one of Malaysia’s largest conglomerates involved in the automotive; services; and property, asset and construction sectors. Datuk Mohamed Razeek Md Hussain, Chief Operating Officer, Services and Properties, DRB-HICOM Berhad, believes the two captains will lead Asia and Europe with pride and determination to lift the first EurAsia Cup. Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji, whose organisation is the local coordinator of the event, said: “The selection of Thongchai Jaidee and Miguel Angel Jimenez as captain for Team Asia and Team Europe respectively will intensify the battle for the inaugural EurAsia Cup. Both are highly respected players with a great amount of success and I am sure they will lead their teams proudly and effectively.” Sanctioned by the Asian Tour and The European tour, The EurAsia Cup will pit 10 of the finest golfers from Asia against 10 stars of Europe over three days of exhilarating contest, which officials predict will herald the start of a new and exciting rivalry between the two powerhouse continents. The first day of the three day tournament will include five foursomes matches, followed by five fourball matches on day two and 10 singles matches on the final day at Glenmarie’s Garden course. - Asian Tour
THAILAND’S JAZZ READY FOR MORE ROCK AND ROLL ON THE ASIAN TOUR Thai teenage phenom Jazz Janewattananond is fast becoming a name to remember on the Asian Tour and has been tipped by golf legend and countryman Thongchai Jaidee for greatness. Still only 18, Jazz has been one of the star attractions this season, and it’s not purely due only to the loud and often dizzying colours of his golfing apparel. His prodigious talent has seen him produce impressive backto-back top-10s at the Resorts World Manila Masters and Indonesia Open and with US$104,500 in the bank this season, the slender Thai is assured of full playing rights on the Asian Tour next season. Already in the history books as the youngest to make the cut at the 2010 Asian Tour International in Bangkok, Jazz is tipped by many to follow in the footsteps of Thai legends Boonchu Ruangkit, Thaworn Wiratchant and Thongchai Jaidee, who was recently named captain of Team Asia to face Europe for the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM in Malaysia next March. Thongchai, the only man to win three Asian Tour Order of Merit titles, is predicting a very rosy future for his young compatriot after playing together in the final group in the final round of the Indonesia Open last week. “Jazz is a very good player but he needs more experience. I have no complaints about his game and he will learn by playing with big players like us. He is a good player and very young, so he has plenty of time to learn. He will be the golfer to look out for in the future. He practices very hard and if he continues playing like this, he will be a superstar,” said Thongchai, who is ranked 47th in the world. The tenacious Jazz entered the final round tied for the lead with eventual winner Gaganjeet Bhullar of India but was forced to settle for tied sixth place after closing with a 74. Bhullar, who picked up his fifth Asian Tour victory, was complimentary of the young Thai prodigy. “I’ve played all four days with Jazz and trust me, this boy is a really good player. He could possibly be the next golf star from Thailand. He has that perfect swing and the mental ability to go out there and compete,” said Bhullar. “I was very impressed with his performance. I think it’s his first time being in such scenario (playing in the final group). I am sure he will become a better player in time to come.” Jazz, who played for the Thai amateur team before turning professional in 2010, has proven to be a model of consistency as in 14 events this year, he has only missed one cut. With a debut appearance at the US$1 million Thailand Golf Championship up next week, the Thai boy will be eager to impress on home soil. He said he would learn from the harsh lessons from Indonesia as he continues his search for a maiden Asian Tour win. “I played with Bhullar and that taught me a lot of things. I need to be more consistent and patient,” said Jazz. “I was talking to my dad during the rain delay and I told him that I did my best. He was watching me on television with my grandmother and grandfather. My dad said they are really proud of me and that really made me feel happy, knowing they were supporting me. This tournament (Indonesia Open) means a lot to me because it is my first Asian Tour tournament that I played in the last group on the final day. It is a good experience.” His real name is Atiwit but the Radiohead music junkie switched his tournament registration name to Jazz as all his friends and family nicknamed him that. “Every foreigner that is not Thai calls me Jazz and that’s when I decided to change my name. My nickname has always been Jazz since I was young. Everyone knows Jazz and not Atiwit. I think my dad gave me the nickname because he likes jazz music but I like Radiohead so there’s a bit of a conflict there,” he flashed yet another of his boyish grin. - Asian Tour
VALLEY GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB'S CAMPAIGN TO HELP THE VICTIMS OF TYPHOON YOLANDA
Valley Golf and Country Club, with President Daudo Go, spearheaded a campaign to help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. The club cancelled the Intra-Club tournament to donate the entire tournament expense to Red Cross. Various teams from the club like the Valley Seniors Federation, Valley Ladies and Team BBOYS also gave donations. Thank you Valley Golf for your generosity
PAL INTERCLUB RETURNS TO BACOLOD
BACOLOD HOSTS PAL INTERCLUB. At the PAL Interclub's 1st team captains meeting held at the Negros Occidental Golf Club, the 155 teams who have already registered in the Seniors and Men's Regular divisions will get further crowded with more teams expected to sign up. Photo shows (from left) tournament director Henry Arabelo, PAL marketing head Jojo Fermin, PAL revenue management head Dina May Flores, Negros Occidental Golf general manager Joanne Marie Reyes, and Bacolod Golf general manager Jake Tan expressing their readiness for next year's PAL Interclub.
A total of 155 teams – some coming from as far as the Middle East, Australia, USA and other parts of the world – have so far registered for the 67th Philippine Airlines (PAL) Interclub to be hosted next year by Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club and Bacolod Golf and Country Club. The number of participating teams is expected to increase further as expressed during the PAL Interclub's 1st team captain's meeting held November 15 at the Negros Occidental golf course in Marapara, Bacolod City. Defending champion Cebu Country Club led by team captain Jeric Hechanova
will no longer have the advantage of home course familiarity when Alabang and Del Monte try to derail Cebu's attempt for a three-peat victory. Meanwhile, the Sugar Barons from Canlubang will be aiming for their 8th overall crown in the Seniors. The 28th edition of the Seniors will played from February 20 to 23 while the 67th Men's Regular on Feb. 26 to March 1, 2014 at the two golf courses in Bacolod City. The PAL Interclub is acknowledged as the country's longest-running and biggest amateur team golf championships.
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Team Europe will be led by Spanish star Jimenez. Also known as The Mechanic due to his love of fast cars, Jimenez has played an astonishing 28 consecutive years on the European Tour, amassing 19 tournament wins along the way. Famed for his love of cigars and good living, Jimenez brings huge experience of team golf. As a player, he has participated in four Ryder Cups, including victories in 2004 at The Belfry, and 2010 at Celtic Manor. At the prestigious competition in Medinah last year, he was Vice Captain for Europe, putting him in prime position to lead Team Europe in Malaysia come March. The 49-year-old Malaga native is also no stranger to playing, and winning, in Asia. He has won six high profile tournaments in the region over his career, including his most recent win in 2012 at the Hong Kong Open, a title that also bestowed on him the honour of becoming the oldest ever winner on The European Tour. Jimenez is confident his past Ryder Cup experiences can help his team secure a win for Europe next March: Taking place at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Malaysia, the new biennial team matchplay golf tournament is presented by DRB-HICOM, one of Malaysia’s largest conglomerates involved in the automotive; services; and property, asset and construction sectors. Datuk Mohamed Razeek Md Hussain, Chief Operating Officer, Services and Properties, DRB-HICOM Berhad, believes the two captains will lead Asia and Europe with pride and determination to lift the first EurAsia Cup. Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji, whose organisation is the local coordinator of the event, said: “The selection of Thongchai Jaidee and Miguel Angel Jimenez as captain for Team Asia and Team Europe respectively will intensify the battle for the inaugural EurAsia Cup. Both are highly respected players with a great amount of success and I am sure they will lead their teams proudly and effectively.” Sanctioned by the Asian Tour and The European tour, The EurAsia Cup will pit 10 of the finest golfers from Asia against 10 stars of Europe over three days of exhilarating contest, which officials predict will herald the start of a new and exciting rivalry between the two powerhouse continents. The first day of the three day tournament will include five foursomes matches, followed by five fourball matches on day two and 10 singles matches on the final day at Glenmarie’s Garden course. 65
EPSON DONATES 2M TO HELP YOLANDA VICTIMS Continuing its practice of extending aid to disaster-affected areas, the Epson group of companies in the Philippines has donated PhP2 million for relief operations in the areas severely affected by the Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda). The assistance was made through the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), a local non-profit organization. Aside from monetary aid, Epson employees will also work with PBSP personnel to undertake on-site relief operations. Voluntary contributions from Epson employees are also being aggregated by the company to complement the aid that the company has donated. Typhoon Haiyan struck central
areas of the Philippines, including the islands of Leyte and Samar in the Visayas region. Many consider it as one of the worst typhoons to hit the Philippines in recorded history. The full extent of the damage is still unclear. “Epson employees grieve with the families affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Our prayers go along with our donation and our manpower support. We stand with you in this harrowing ordeal,” said Epson Environment Manager Joyce Tan. Epson wishes to extend its sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives, and hopes for the speedy recovery of the areas damaged by the disaster.
TITLEIST INTRODUCES NEW AP1 AND AP2 IRONS WITH IMPROVED FLIGHT, FORGIVENESS AND FEEL Precise iron play requires both distance and control, hitting shots that fly the desired distance with the proper trajectory to softly land the ball near the pin. The new AP1 and AP2 (714 Series) irons, available in golf shops worldwide beginning Nov. 8, feature progressive designs developed by the Titleist Golf Club R&D team to produce optimum launch, trajectory and distance for each loft. Advanced CG height progression, precisely designed into both models, creates higher launching long irons and flatter launching short irons for more carry distance with outstanding control to help players stop the ball on the green, closer to the hole. Titleist R&D also utilized innovative tungsten weighting and manufacturing technologies to make AP1 and AP2 the most forgiving irons in the game at the head sizes and blade lengths preferred by serious golfers. Performance-engineered profiles with precisely placed high density tungsten weighting in the long and mid irons help produce higher MOI, increasing the speed on miss-hits to provide consistent distance without sacrificing workability or shot control. The new AP1 irons are the longest, most forgiving irons Titleist has ever made, with a multi-material, dual cavity design for players that want 66
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maximum distance, forgiveness and solid feel in a great looking progressive game improvement chassis. The new AP2 models are multi-material forged irons that offer distance with trajectory control and forgiveness with workability in a solid feeling, great looking tour-proven chassis. “When it comes to iron play, distance without the ability to stop your shot is meaningless. You have to hit the ball far enough to reach the green, but also have the proper ball flight to stop it near the hole,” said Steve Pelisek, General Manager, Titleist Golf Clubs. “What our R&D team has accomplished with the new AP1 and AP2 models is impressive, effectively taking each individual iron as its own design and optimizing its performance to provide longer distance, more consistent distance and stopping control, even when you don’t hit a shot perfectly.” The new irons debuted on the PGA Tour this summer to immediate validation and success, with two instant converters to the new AP2 models quickly earning breakthrough victories. Jordan Spieth won his firstcareer PGA Tour title at the John Deere Classic with new AP2 irons in the bag, just two weeks after the clubs launched on tour. Soon after, Jason Dufner played new AP2’s in winning the PGA Championship for his first major title.
REACHING OUT When Bohol & Cebu City were both hit by the October 15 earthquake (measuring 7.2 in the Richter Scale), the Cebu Country Club & the City of Cebu, through Gawad Kalinga (GK), were among the first to send help to our neighboring province. GK Cebu used our dump truck to ferry relief goods from their headquarters to the Pier. We also sent over 300 five-gallon containers immediately. After thousands of aftershocks, which occurred thereafter, Typhoon "Yolanda" came in unexpectedly, with so much force and rains that within a few hours, the towns and provinces of Samar, Leyte, Bantayan Island, & Northern Cebu were completely devastated. With foreign and national aid concentrating on both Samar & Leyte, Cebu Country Club decided to lend a helping hand to places that haven't been reached by the outside world. So last November 20,after we decided to cancel our employees' Christmas party this December, I set out with almost 100 of my staff (kitchen, housekeeping, grounds, operations, and office staff) to San Remigio, Cebu (around 120 km away). We gave away relief goods, used clothing, vitamins to the kids, and water to 1,000 people and surprised them by bringing over my kitchen staff and equipment; cooking for them a much deserved hot meal consisting of rice, pancit, pork steak, and fried chicken. No amount of team-building, management seminars, and training modules can approximate the rewarding experience of mingling with these folks whose place was completely devastated yet still wore smiles on their faces and said, "THANK YOU" after leaving the area. Next week, we will be going around the 3-4 evacuation centers within Cebu City to thank the volunteers for their efforts and give our new visiting friends from Leyte/Samar a nice meal to welcome them here in Cebu! We are also adopting the town and people of Medellin, Cebu as the beneficiaries of our planned Christmas Party there sometime in mid-December. This will surely be one memorable event for them as we would like to give them a reason to smile and celebrate the Holiday Season even for just a single afternoon!
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WE CARE CONCERT FOR A CAUSE: TULONG PARA SA VISAYAS
On November 29, 2013, Tagaytay Highlands in partnership with The Manila Philharmonic Orchestra and The Philippine Red Cross organized a fund raising event for our fellow countrymen in the Visayas region who have been greatly affected by the Typhoon Yolanda. The event entitled “Concert for a Cause: Tulong Para Sa Visayas” has been a way to gather resources and networks into play to help those in need. The program attended by Tagaytay Highlands’ officers and employees headed by the General Manager, Ms. Clara T. Kramer gave a well-concluded speech and welcomed the members and guests who attended the event. The employees’ representative, Union President, Mr. Alex Manguinao proudly gave his message to the attendees and heartfelt thanks to all the staff for sharing their blessings to the Filipino people. The Club’s beneficiaries, SM Foundation, Inc. led by Executive Director Ms. Carmen Linda M. Atayde and the Philippine Red Cross represented by Governor Rosalinda Wee received the donations on behalf of their respective institutions.
Mrs. Wee is also one of the active members of the club and is also part of the Ladies Federation of Tagaytay Highlands. As the events’ highlight, the serenade of the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra filled the Highlands Golfers Lounge with songs and smiles. Members and guests’ relished their lunch experience as the orchestra continued to play until the afternoon. There was a sweet moment of silence as MPO played their way to the hearts of their audience. The concert was made even more amazing as the world renowned classical balladeer, Mr. Bo Cerrudo and Ms. Jillian Itaas, showed their support by singing a few songs dedicated to the typhoon victims. Truly, one can help in every own way as possible – for the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, it is the gift of talent and music and for the employees, it is the gift of love shared. The Club wishes to extend their support and hopes that our brothers and sisters from Visayas would feel the spirit of Christmas and continue to be strong despite of all the challenges in life.
Shown in the photo are (left to right) SPI VP- Marketing,Training & Corporate Communications Mr. Jerry R. Rubis, SPI VP-Legal & HRA Atty. Basilio Almazan Jr., ABS-CBN's Sagip Kapamilya Director Ms. Tina Monzon-Palma, Sagip Kapamilya Deputy Director Mr. Marcel Riñon, SPI Sales Division 2 Head Ms. Arlene Famularcano and other members of Suntrust's salesforce. AN ACT OF SOLIDARITY: Suntrust Properties Inc. (SPI), a 100% wholly-owned company of property giant Megaworld Corporation, once again manifested the spirit of “malasakit” and social responsibility, as they joined the rest of the country in helping the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Dubbed as “Operation: Tindog, Visayas!” (Rise Up, Visayas!), SPI officers, employees, contractors and members of the salesforce engaged in three days of repacking sessions of various food supplies including rice, noodles, canned goods, crackers and generic medicines. The company opted to divert P1.7M-worth of funds that were intended for a grand 16th Anniversary party and lavish Christmas celebrations, into a donation of almost 7,600 packs of relief goods that were coursed through ABS-CBN's Sagip Kapamilya Foundation.
MOVIES AND MUSIC IN A NEW LIGHT BY CRIZAL TRANSITIONS Crizal Transitions, the world’s leading Photochromic lens capable of adjusting to any lighting condition, shines a bright light on the metropolitan cultural scene, as it hosted the Crizal Transitions Cinemajam, the first ever outdoor movie marathon and music festival in the Philippines, last November 30, 2013 at Event Circuit Makati. Crizal Transitions Cinemajam brought together some of the country’s top bands, two special movies, and a host of exciting activities. Crizal Transitions Cinemajam sees the arts and celebration in a different and changing light, as it ushered guests through the unique experience of shifting perspectives— a fun afternoon fair 68
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segueing into a sunset music festival, capped with an evening movie marathon and after-party concert. Two movies, “Love, Actually,” and “Limitless,” highlighted Crizal Transitions’ message of “Seeing life in a bright light,” offering viewers different, enlightening takes on loving and living. The romantic comedy “Love, Actually,” is a feel-good movie on the delirious joys and bittersweet sorrows of love. “Limitless,” meanwhile, is an action thriller on the extremes a man will push himself in pursuit of perfection. Bradley Cooper plays a writer who takes an experimental drug that allows him to fully use his intellectual faculties.
Bamboo, Itchyworms, Callalily, Moonstar 88 and GraceNote, created a sunset symphony of sound and sensibility as they rendered their special brand of rock and indie pop. A windfall of exciting activities gratified the senses. A free vision screening in the Optical Village section checked guests’ eyesight. Thrillseekers chose among karting, bungee jumping, skating and kite-flying for their kicks. Games and raffle prizes awaited lucky guests. Proceeds of the event will benefit the children of the World Vision Foundation. Crizal Transitions lenses are available in all optical centers in the country.
THE PERFECT GIFT FOR YOUR OUTDOORSY FRIEND
Do you always have a hard time finding the perfect gift for your outdoorsy friend? Sea to Summit has the perfect gift suggestion for you: Sea to Summit Towels. Posh towels are a nice indulgence when staying in a hotel, but if you’re out camping or sunbathing at the beach, these are quite cumbersome to carry around. “Bringing only what is needed” is essential when exploring the great outdoors. Packable, durable, lightweight and compact are the factors that need to be considered. Sea to Summit towels are premium microfiber towels that are super absorbent, dries far more quickly than regular towels and more importantly, it only takes only up little space in your bag. This holiday season, the best thing you can give to your outdoorsy friend is something they can actually use on their next adventure. For more information on the Sea to Summit towels and other products, visit, www.seatosummit.com. Available at R.O.X., The North Face, The Travel Club, Mountain Hardwear, GRIND, Flight001, Rustan’s, Landmark, Duty Free, Le Grand Boutique and select Olympic Village.
HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY TRAVEL WITH WORLD TRAVELLER
With the holidays fast approaching, the countdown for gift-giving has officially begun. Instead of sticking to tradition, why not think out of the box and be practical at the same time? Premium and affordable luggage and travel accessories brand World Traveller is set to make gift shopping a whole lot easier this coming holidays. Given the increase in airline service providers and airfare promos, travelling has seemed to be more attainable and possible. With this idea in mind, why not consider travel accessories and luggage as a highly useful and exciting present? Not to mention, the holidays are the best time for people to head out and fly. You can just imagine how happy your friend or loved one would feel upon receiving anything which will make his or her travels stylish and completely fuss-free. Founded in 1989, World Traveller originated in Singapore and soon branched out to dominate the whole Asian region. Meant for travelers who are practical yet highly discerning, the brand has an array of travel accessories and luggage that are well-designed and constructed only with premium-quality materials. As a result, World Traveller’s clientele are mostly professionals who are in need of reliable and high-quality luggage and accessories for frequent trips, as well as leisure travelers who crave the features of high-end brands but value practicality as well. With that being said, take your pick among World Traveller’s dynamic collection. With its expertise rooted in developing travel accessories and document cases, choose among the brand’s business case collections including the Montreal and Santa Fe lines. These lines include back-
packs, messenger bags, shoulder bags, sling bags, tote bags, and laptop cases – perfect for the on-the-go business traveler. For the stylish and fashionable leisure traveler, World Traveller offers a number of cool and colorful luggage that are not only well-designed but are highly-durable as well. Choose among the New Orleans, Lexington, New Hampshire, and Seattle. If you’re in search of small tokens, giveaways, or small presents, choose among World Traveller’s countless travel accessories which include tags, straps, scales and universal adaptor, and TSA key locks. Make your loved one’s travels fussfree and organized with World Traveller’s North Dakota collection which offers passport holder, pouches, and organizers. Do things differently this time and give something meaningful and useful to your special someone. Made from the finest materials, World Traveller products have passed rigid industry tests in compliance with the highest quality standards. Not to mention, all World Traveller products are covered with a two-year warranty from the date of purchase. This holiday, go ahead and make your travel buddy or jet-setting loved one happy by gifting him or her with premium and stylish travel products – a unique idea that will surely catch anyone by surprise. World Traveller is available at Flight 001 outlets in Bonifacio High Street, EDSA Shangri-La, SM Lanang, and Northpoint Bacolod. It is also available in The Travel Club and SM Department Stores nationwide. 69
3rd Sherwood Cup
he 3rd SHERWOOD CUP was held on November 10, 2013. It was a fun-filled and family-oriented event held for Sherwood members and guests, as well as Suntrust and Sherwood Hills business partners. Attractive raffle items on top of fabulous door prizes were given away during the event. Breakfast and lunch were served at the Clubhouse, and snacks were made available in the fairways. For the non-golfer participants, fun sports activities were prepared at the Game Room and Mini-Golf Course.
OVERALL GROSS CHAMPION PALTONGAN, HARRY AVENA, ABE ESCALA JOEL
GROUP 2 CHAMPION CHAN, LILY DABAO, THERESE CO, RIO
OVERALL NET CHAMPION ABESAMIS, EDGARDO PUNO, EDWARD CABARRUS, GEORGE
SPONSORS DIVISION DE VERA, REY SERVANO, DAN MACOGUT,REX
GROUP 1 CHAMPION DAEZ, DANIEL MAPUA, MIKE COUSART, RHONIEL
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1st Mayor Thony C. Halili Golf Tournament
he 1st Mayor Thony C. Halili Golf Tournament is a fund raising tournament to raise funds for the purchase of Tanauan City's crime prevention equipment and paraphernalia. The event was so successful that it grossed a little over a million pesos and was able to attract 81 golfers. Members of the organizing committee were the officers of the Tanauan Golf Association headed by its President - Tato Dimayuga, Secretary - Siso Dimapilis, Treasurer - Edsel Opulencia, Advisers - Mayor Manding Maligaya, Kap. Mesio Devina and Engr. Boy Velasco. With the success of the tournament, Mayor Thony promised to have a bigger golf tournament next year with more raffle prizes to give and more dazzling entertainment to show.
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t was a bright and sunny day as the guests arrive to witness the opening of the latest nine hole addition to the Midlands Golf Course. After a dynamic effort to build the Midlands Lucky Nine it has finally opened its course to Club Members and their guests. Overlooking the amazing view of Taal Lake, golfers would find this the best place for a round of golf. Headed by Highlands founder, Mr. Willy Ocier, members and guests’ gather for the beginning of the game. Masters of ceremony, Mr. Dennis Huang, led the party to a warm and pleasant welcoming remark that had set the mood for the whole day. Of course the day will not be complete without photo opportunities. It was fun seeing these familiar faces pose into different shots making the ambience feel more like a friendly challenge. All was set when invited to go into their respective holes to begin and break in to the course like a brand new car. Tee off was at 10 in the morning. There were eight teams consists of four men and one women for each group. The players include Highlands Founder and Chapel OIC for Chapel affairs, Mr. Willy and Mr. Henry Ocier respectively. Making it more personalized, the tournament was joined as well by the Club President, Mr. Jerry Tiu, the Golf Services Manager, Mr. Rizaldy Legaspi and the Club’s Senior Sales Manager, Ms. Michelle Kloo. There were also a few Club Members who actively participated during the launch of the latest Lucky Nine Course. It ended well as golfers found their way relishing the exclusivity of the invitational tournament. Just in time for a group dinner, guests were gathered at the Highlands Steakhouse for the awarding of the day’s game. Guests took the chance to go through the series of events during the day while savoring the luscious dinner buffet and cocktails prepared by one of Tagaytay Highlands’ elite restaurant. In the end, the team of Mr. Henry Ocier secured an overall gross championship while Mr. Roger Go got the nearest to the pin hole at six feet.
Fore by Four
agle Ridge Golf Country Club held their Fore by Four Invitational member-guest golf tournament last November 15 and 16, 2013. The Fore By Four showcases the four 18hole championship courses of Eagle Ridge, one of Asiaâ€™s largest golf complexes. While it takes no less than four days for the other clubs to finish their respective events and needing two shotgun tee-offs per day to accommodate a large field, Eagle Ridge gets it done in two days and just one shotgun start per round. Best Gross Norman / Dye CRUZ , DAN SANGIL , RAYMUND Best Gross Aoki / Faldo LEE , TONG WHA JUNG , KYUNG YOUNG Best Net Norman/Dye VILLANUEVA , RAMIL PARAS , ARNEL Best Net Aoki/Faldo FAYTAREN , RUFINO PANGANIBAN , ARIEL Class A (Modified Stableford) Champion JUMALON , ARNOLD SAMONTAN , RENE Class A (Modified Stableford) 1st Runner Up GOQUINGCO , REX SEVILLA , NESTOR Class A (Modified Stableford) 2nd Runner Up FELIZARTA, DANTE ABDON, RYAN Class B (Modified Stableford) Champion GUTIERREZ , FRANK GUTIERREZ , DANNY Class B (Modified Stableford) Runner Up DEL ROSARIO , RAYMUNDO SY , GERRY Class B (Modified Stableford) 2nd Runner Up MAGHIRANG , BONG CALABIA , JOVEN Class C (Modified Stableford) Champion JAMOLANGUE , MARIO SOBEJANA , TOM Class C (Modified Stableford) Runner Up PARK , JONG SOO LEE , JIN GON
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Class C (Modified Stableford) 2nd Runner Up ACEBU , JUSTO SANTOS , NOEL Class D (Modified Stableford) Champion POSADAS , RAUL MOJICA , ROGER Class D (Modified Stableford) Runner Up ROXAS , RIZALDO SORIANO , VINCENT Class D (Modified Stableford) 2nd Runner Up PAPILLA , REY CONRADO , BAYLON Class Ladies (Modified Stableford) Champion BORJA , CATHY SASO , YUCA Class Ladies (Modified Stableford) Runner Up JUNG , SOON HAK HWANG , YAE SEO Class Ladies (Modified Stableford) 2nd Runner Up HERNANDEZ , EDEN TINIO , LEONCI VALERIE Class Member-Member (Modified Stableford) Champion PANGILINAN, RUPERT MALABANAN, DANILO Class Guest-Guest (System 36) Champion MONTILLA , JUAN CARLOS CABILTES , RODOLFO Class Sponsors (System 36) Champion KWON , KAP YONG LEE , JAE SIN
BangladeshPhilippines Friendship Golf Tournament
angladesh Embassy in Manila is delighted to launch the first ever Bangladesh-Philippines Friendship Golf Tournament last October 4, 2013 at the Southwoods Country Golf Club, Legends Course. The Bangladesh business community in the Philippines sponsored the tournament and are proud to be a part of the tournament extending their goodwill and wishes between the two friendly countries. Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Philippines, Maj. Gen. John Gomes, psc (Retd.) is an active Golfer who plays golf regularly and has made many friends through golf since his arrival here in Manila in October last year. Golf is also gaining momentum in Bangladesh with beautiful Courses located in Dhaka, Chittagong, as well as other places in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is proud of its own Siddiqur Rahman, who is recognized to be a rising star in Asian Golf for winning the Asian Tour - 2010 Brunei Open as well as other Asian Tournaments. The Embassy acknowledged the presence of former President Fidel Ramos as their Chief Guest during the opening ceremony. Ramos visited Bangladesh as the President of Philippines back in 1997 and was a key person in improving the bilateral relations between our two countries. On his invitation Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina had visited the Philippines in 1997. A number of Ambassadors and Members of the Diplomatic Corps are taking part in the tournament. Many officials from the Philippine Government and retired members of the Armed Forces also took part in the tournament. Businessmen and golfing friends of Ambassador Gomes joined the tournament in the grandeur of the Southwoods Legends Golf Course. Ambassador John’s aim is to enhance the trade relations between the two countries focusing on the potentials of exporting and importing goods between the two countries. The Bangladesh community in the Philippines is involved in different businesses with many professionals in ADB, IRRI, IT, Banking, Energy and WHO. ASA Philippines Foundation is active in microfinance sector. Bangladeshi International NGO ‘BRAC’ is active in maintaining about 1600 primary schools in Mindanao under AUSAID program. Through this Golf Tournament the Embassy is also happy to raise a donation to be handed over to the Religious Order of Notre Dame Missionary (Sisters) in Cavite to be used for their charity works for the under privileged.
Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Philippines, Maj. Gen. John Gomes welcoming the guests and participants.
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US Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Harry K. Thomas, Jr. delivering a speech.
Bangladesh Ambassador, Maj. Gen. John Gomes and Golfers alongwith the Former President of the Philippines, Mr. Fidel V. Ramos officiated the Ribbon-Cutting.
Ambassador to US, Japan, Norway, Korea, Pakistan, Timor Leste, Singapore, former Philippine Ambassador to Bangladesh Mr. Bahnarim Guinomla and Philippine Ambassador-designate to Bangladesh, Mr. Vicente Vivenco T. Bandillo also took part. The Philippine Army Chief, Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes, RAdm Amable Tolentino, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Felix R. Ang, President of CATS Group of Companies were also amongst the participants.
Bangladesh Ambassador, Maj. Gen. John Gomes alongwith Former President of the Philippines, His Excellency Fidel V. Ramos, Mr. Abu Md. Shafiqur Rahman of I-MAP, Mr. Ricardo De Roca of Lydia’s Lechon, Former Philippine Ambassador to Bangladesh, Mr. Bahnarim Guinomla, Ms. Jenny of Eastwest Placement Center, Msgr. Seamus Patrick Horgan of the Embassy of Holy See, Mr. Jim Goudsmith of Coffral and Club’s Registration Staff.
US Ambassador, His Excellency Harry K. Thomas, Jr. receives the Most Accurate Drive Trophy from Ambassador-designate of the Philippines to Bangladesh, His Excellency Vicente Vivenco T. Bandillo.
DJ Aerospace Vice President (Operations), Mr. Rashedul A. Chowdhury receives the Over-all Runner Up Champion Trophy from Ambassador-designate of the Philippines to Bangladesh, His Excellency Vicente Vivenco T. Bandillo.
Baguio City Economic Zone Administrator, Atty. Dante M. Quindoza receives the trophy from Ambassador-designate of the Philippines to Bangladesh, His Excellency Vicente Vivenco T. Bandillo.
Mr. Rashedul Chowdhury of DJ Aerospace, Mr. Abu Md. Shafiqur Rahman of I-MAP Web Solutions, Mr. Sheikh Hasibur Rahman Bobby of Century Properties, Engr. A.T.M. Amanullah of East West Placement Center and his wife, Mrs. Rizaline, Ambassador Maj. Gen. John Gomes, Dr. Nafis Ahmed, Mr. Mohammad Rafique of Llabella Corporation alongwith his wife Mrs. Hema and Mr. Sikder Sanjoy, Accounts Officer of Bangladesh Embassy.
Ambassador Maj. Gen. John Gomes looks on as RAdm Amable Tolentino, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs hands over the donation to the Superior General of the congregation of RNDM (Religious Notre Dame of the Mission), Sister Lissy Sebastian along with Sister Shiuly Catherine Gomes.
Bangladesh Ambassador Maj. Gen. John Gomes, alongwith US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr., former Philippine Ambassador to Bangladesh, Mr. Bahnarim Guinomla, Dr. Gregorio Andaman, Jr. President of St. Dominic College of Asia, Mr. Bing Alvarez of PA Alvarez Properties and Development Corp., Superior General Sister Lissy Sebastian and Sister Shiuly Catherine Gomes of RNDM (Religious Notre Dame of the Mission).
Bangladesh Ambassador Maj. Gen. John Gomes with the Charity recipients, Superior General Sister Lissy Sebastian and Sister Shiuly Catherine Gomes of Religious Notre Dame of the Mission (RNDM), Engr. A.T.M. Amanullah of East West Placement Center alongwith his wife Mrs. Rizaline and staff, Dr. Nafis Ahmed and Mr. Sikder Sanjoy, Accounts Officer of Bangladesh Embassy.
Mr. Bing Alvarez and Mr. Jonathan G. Lu of PA Alvarez Properties and Development Corp., were one of the main sponsors of the tournament.
A friend of Ambassador, Dr. Gregorio Andaman, Jr. President of St. Dominic College of Asia, Ambassador of Japan and Mr. Benito Chua of BNC Ingredients Corp. joined the tournament. Both were affiliated sponsors.
Ambassador of Pakistan, Timor Leste, former Philippine Ambassador to Bangladesh, Mr. Bahnarim Guinomla, Philippine Army Chief, Lt. Gen. Noel A. Coballes.
Msgr. Seamus Patrick Horgan of the Embassy of Holy See, Mr. George A. Goquingco and other golfers.