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December 18, 2014

Paul Sang and Bing Lapus dished out top forms and bested a huge field to clinch the overall low gross and low net crowns, respectively, in the Manila Southwoods’ Chairman’s Charity Cup at Southwoods’ Legends and Masters courses in Carmona, Cavite recently.

Sang, a 2-handicapper, carded a one-over par 73 to pocket the overall low gross title while Lapus, a 17-handicapper, put in an impressive four-over 76 and ran away with the overall net plum at 59 in the 18-hole tournament held in honor of the club’s chairman Bob Sobrepeña and backed by title sponsor Whealth Inc. (Mega Fiber).

Theody Pascual shot a gross 74 for a net 69 worth 39 points under the Modified Stableford scoring system as he nipped Danny Samaniego, who had 38 points from a gross 81, for the Division I crown while Ryan Abdon turned in a gross 79 worth 37 points and finished third in the event backed by Mitsubishi Motors Phils. Corp./Diamond Motors Corp., Royal Caribbean/Baron Travel, Mit Air Sales Center, Netforce International, Inc., Agrexplore Corp., Turf Company and Warbird Security and Investigation Agency as Platinum presentors.

Rusty Bayani took the Division 2 crown with 43 points from a gross 79 while Christian Calso and Harry Gonzalez fired 40 and 36 points from grosses of 87 and 102 to annex the Division 3 and 4 titles, respectively, in the event supported by San Miguel Purefoods, Rudy Project, Resorts World Manila and Sweet Spot Sports and Golf Equipment, Inc. as Gold sponsors and Edward Marcs Phils., Inc. as the lone Silver sponsor.

Mentz Deguito and Bernie Bernardo shared the seniors division honors with the former scoring 44 points from a gross 76 to rule Division I and the latter copping the Division II crown with 43 points from a gross 90.

December 18, 2014

Rory McIlroy has added to his trophy collection for 2014 by picking up the European Tour Golfer of the Year award.

The world number one from Northern Ireland, 25, won the BMW PGA Championship before back-to-back majors success at the Open and US PGA.

McIlroy also won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational as he topped the Race to Dubai standings and helped Europe to a Ryder Cup victory at Gleneagles.

"Hopefully I can have more years like this and win the award again," he said.

McIlroy, who also won the award in 2012, added: "To be named the European Tour's Golfer of the Year for a second time is a huge honour and one I am extremely proud of.

Rory McIlroy celebrated his first Open victory at Hoylake in July

Rory McIlroy celebrated his first Open Championship victory at Hoylake in July

"If I had won any one of those four titles it would have been a good year, but to win all four, to win The Race to Dubai, and to be part of another fantastic European victory in the Ryder Cup, means it is a great one.

"This award is a very nice way to round off the year. The European Tour has always been good to me, so it is always special to be recognised in this way."

McIlroy led the way in earnings on the US PGA Tour, becoming the first player to top the money lists on both side of the Atlantic in the same season on two occasions.

Having been named Golfer of the Month in May, July and August, he was unanimously voted the top player for 2014 and he becomes the youngest multiple winner of the coveted award.

McIlroy won the Race to Dubai crown by a dominant 2,168,410 points from Henrik Stenson, the 2013 Golfer of the Year.

Nine-times major winner Gary Player praised the achievements of McIlroy, who was runner-up in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards on Sunday

The South Africa tweeted: "Congratulations on your phenomenal year and our player and personality of 2014. Now for the Grand Slam."

November 14, 2014

The 9th Highlands Ladies Cup slated Nov. 22 at Midlands will not only showcase the competitive side of the field but also serve as a fund-raiser for the Sisters of Mary boys and girls town center in Silang, Cavite.

The Tagaytay Highlands Ladies Chapter, organizer of the annual event, has been assisting the Sisters of Mary with the mission of education for employment, the last few years as part of its social commitment to help the underprivileged youth fulfill their dreams by way of allotting part of the proceeds of the event for the center.

Around 200 players are expected to see action in the 18-hole tournament to be played under the System 36 scoring format with top prizes at stake in various categories, including the centerpiece ladies division, and in the raffle draw during awards rites.

Registration is ongoing. Fee is pegged at P3,500 for members and P4,000 for non-members, inclusive of green fee, cart and lunch.

CATS Motors, exclusive distributor of Mercedes Benz, is one the event’s major sponsors.

Joining CATS Motors as Platinum sponsors are Security Bank, W Group, Inc. and San Miguel Corp. while Pilipinas Shell is a Gold sponsor.

Bingo Bonanza, Comworks and Petron Corp. are the Silver sponsors while Burlington Socks, Capt. Bum Chil Heo, Concrete Masters, Kaiser Int’l. Health Group, Regent Travel and Universal Robina Corp. make up the list of Bronze sponsors.

Felix Ang, president of CATS Motors, exclusive distributor of Mercedes Benz in the country, and Willie Ocier, vice president of Belle Corp. will make the ceremonials drives to kick off the event.

The tournament, supported by Splendido Taal Golf Club, will have a shotgun start at 8 a.m., according to THLC president Rosalind Wee.

Aside from the ladies championship, also up for grabs are the low gross and net titles along with the men’s Classes A, B and C and the seniors crowns.

November 14, 2014


Ryder Cup

Denmark has pulled out of the contest to host the 2022 Ryder Cup, leaving six European nations in contention.

Austria, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Turkey have said they intend to submit a formal bid.

Turkey entered the contest after initially suggesting it would wait until 2026 to build a course.

Formal submissions of official bids must be made by 30 April 2015, with the host nation and venue expected to be named in autumn 2015.

Europe and the United States contest the Ryder Cup every two years, alternatively home and away.

Europe won this year's event at Gleneagles in Scotland, their eighth victory in the last 10 tournaments.

The tournament will be held in Minnesota in 2016, Paris in 2018 and Wisconsin in 2020.

September 02, 2014

Miguel Tabuena and Charles Hong confirmed their participation in the rich ICTSI Pilipinas Invitational beginning tomorrow at Manila Southwoods’ Legends course in Carmona, Cavite, each gunning for a second victory in the third of four P3.5-million events lined up on the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour.

Miguel Tabuena

Miguel Tabuena

Tabuena ruled the ICTSI Manila Masters at Eastridge last June, besting a star-studded cast to win by three over Elmer Salvador despite a closing 74, while Hong closed out with a 65 and a 68 to edge young Micah Shin by one at the ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic last April.

With another whopping P650,000 up for grabs in the 72-hole championship, Tabuena and Hong hope to re-display the form they showed in winning two of the four richest tournaments on the local circuit and get another shot at the juicy pot and at the same time boost their respective bids in the Order of Merit.

“I’m playing well and feeling confident with my game,” said Tabuena, in third behind Tony Lascuna and Salvador in the current OOM race. He tied for eighth with Jhonnel Ababa in last week’s Aboitiz Invitational at Riviera’s Couples layout.

Hong, fourth in the OOM standings, didn’t see action last week as he resumed his campaign in the Japan Tour qualifier where he shot an even par in the final day to finish two-under for the tournament.

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