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Clash of the titans


By Chupsie Medina
Philippine Daily Inquirer

NOTHING AND nothing could keep all those who aspired to matter in the country’s highly competitive motoring industry from converging at Tat Pilipinas in San Pedro, Laguna, last Tuesday, November 16, for the First Philippine Automotive Golf Cup. Differences, even idiosyncrasies, were set aside on this auspicious day.

“I didn’t know that golf could bring all of you together,” addressed Philippine Daily Inquirer chairman Marixi Prieto during the awarding ceremonies to the 115 tournament participants, including 19 chief executive officers representing the power blocks of the industry’s vehicle manufacturers, assemblers, luxury car importers, dealers, suppliers and contractors.

Even mega busy tycoons like Alfred Ty, Felix Ang and Pepito Alvarez, found time to drop in to fill their lungs with fresh country air as well as share some light talk with competitors, friends and associates in the business.

Though he didn’t make it to the game proper, Robert Coyuito Jr. lent support, arriving in style with his chopper.

It does help that everyone in the Philippine motoring industry is just standing in wait for the clock to strike the end of year chime before passing out congratulatory pats for chalking surprisingly banner year results despite economic uncertainties and a tougher competitive environment.

This year’s auto industry sales is poised to break the existing record with most, if not all, of the major players reporting sharp increases.

Despite the charmed statistics, 2010 had not been a walk in the park as far as the global industry leaders are concerned. Worldwide, GM had to face the fall-out of its financial bail-out in the US and its consequent restructuring. The formidable Toyota empire too had its share of uncomfortable moments, starting with the shrinking demand for vehicles across developed countries, and later compounded by safety recalls on accelerator and brake problems.

Even the local industry found reason for discord. The lifting of trade restrictions under AFTA were superimposed by new treaties aimed at mitigating perceived shifts in competitiveness, but which supposedly only built additional trade barriers and further uneven playing fields. Shifting interests as a result had led to shifting allegiances.

But enough of the serious stuff. PAGC, at least for the day, gave the industry players an opportunity to forget the daily work grind. In the team play for example, Team Toyota, with its artillery of nine corporate executives, gallantly bowed to Team Ford’s foursome made up of Edmund Yee, Anthony Cheng, Andrei Borromeo and Ryan Lorenzo.

In the individual play, Hyundai’s Leo San Juan carded the overall lowest net, besting by only a fraction of a point Ford’s Edmund Yee who happily accepted honors as Class A champion. The best in Class B was Toyota’s Rommel Gutierrez, while BMW’s Bong Santos grabbed Class C honors.

And to the envy of all, Nissan’s Ronald Olit accomplished that elusive ace on the short, 160-yard third hole with the unlikliest of clubs- a driver.

For an occasional golfer who had to be dragged in to play at the last minute, a flapping golf shoe could not compete with the widest of smiles that came with winning two-not one-golf carts donated by motorsports czar Johnny Tan through his Kart Plaza Manufacturing firm and Club Car.

Pilipinas Shell co-presented the tournament. Lucerne, Sledgers through the Primer Group, Batangas Racing Circuit were the major sponsors while Bosch, Philippine Airlines, Print Town, Red Rock Travel, Winter Pine, Sea Air, Club 357 Boracay and GEC were minor sponsors. The other sponsors were Johnnie Walker, Concept One, Goodyear, Automobile Association of the Philippines, Boracay Sands, Coca Cola, Club 357, Penk Ching of Pastry Bin, Sun Valley Suites, Primal Enterprises, Fuentes Manila, Master Sports, Riz Golf Trophies, Xenon Bulbs, Mothers Detailing, Tuason Racing School and Antonio’s.

 

Golfing execs joining Philippine Automotive Cup at Tat Filipinas


By Charles E. Buban
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—They were able to shake the car industry out of the doldrums, an extraordinary feat considering that car sales have remained uninspired for the past several years.

By launching more appealing car models—with better performing engines and more inspired designs—coupled with a more aggressive marketing strategy, the country’s car companies have succeeded in wooing back buyers.

Lots of them, in fact.

For the first time in more than a decade, this year’s domestic car sales are poised to exceed the 1996 sales figure of 162,000 units—a pre-Asian crisis high.

To acknowledge this feat, the Philippine Daily Inquirer Motoring section and Inquirer Golf Monthly magazine together with major backer Pilipinas Shell have decided that it’s time to salute the irrepressible car executives and the other industry partners and treat them to a game of golf that they will not easily forget.

The First Philippine Automotive Golf Cup, which will be held at the TAT Filipinas Golf Club in San Pedro, Laguna, on November 16 will certainly be an excellent reason for them to take time out from their busy schedule.

After all, almost everyone in the local automotive business will be there—the big bosses behind the Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Foton, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Isuzu, Kia, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, MINI Cooper, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, UMC, Toyota, and Volvo brands in the Philippines—and it would be exciting to know who among them will turn out to be the most skilled—or the luckiest—in the game of golf.

“I believe every executive needs interludes of quiet and rest as he or she thinks through what has been going on in his or her office. Golf events such as this offer us a chance to clear away some of the stresses at work,” said Isuzu Motor Philippines SVP Arthur Balmadrid who will be playing along with the automaker’s Japanese executives.

Balmadrid added the First Philippine Automotive Golf Cup is a perfect event to link up with their colleagues in the automotive industry most of whom enjoy their weekends by heading to their favorite golf courses.

“While we try to outdo each other in the hope of posting the best car sales figure, we are fellow partners all working to make the Philippine car industry return to profitability,” he said.

Balmadrid is also excited about the game’s venue describing TAT Filipinas Golf Club “as one of the finest and most challenging golf courses in the country.”

Designed by world renowned Japanese architect Inoue Seiichi, the championship 18-hole, par 72 course puts sustainability at its heart considering that it conserves water way much better than the rest as well as uses nitrogen fertilizer way below the prescribed limits.

Such sustainability efforts bodes well for the players of the November 16 event considering these automotive executive also puts sustainability at the heart of their respective company’s operations as well as car products.

What the Inquirer Motoring and Inquirer Golf Monthly prepared should prove exciting for the participants.

The First Philippine Automotive Golf Cup will be awarded to the team (made up of car executives) which will score the lowest in a four-to-play, three-to-count format.

The event will also feature a separate individual competition among all the invited guests.

Of course not only the car executives will be able to enjoy the game as their invited teammates (dealers and suppliers) will also be able to play in the Open category.

The First Philippine Automotive Golf Cup, which is presented by Pilipinas Shell and supported by Lucerne, The Primer Group/Travel Club and Johnny Tan as major sponsors and Bosch, Philippine Airlines and Red Rock Travel as minor sponsors will give the winning teams travel packages, golf carts and many more.

Hole-in-one prizes include a Yamaha cart and a Club Car.

Among the sponsors are Print Town Group of Companies, Hinge Inquirer Publications, Home Depot, The Bellevue Manila, Winterpine, Club 357, Boracay Sands, Johnnie Walker, Concept One, Master Sports Corp., and the Autohub Group.

 

ICTSI jungolf tees off at TAT Filipinas


MANILA, Philippines - One hundred forty-six players from 22 Metro Manila schools are competing in the first ICTSI Inter School Golf Championships set to kick off today at the rolling TAT Filipinas Golf Club in San Pedro, Laguna.

The big field will play in two batches over four Sundays with today’s group playing its second round on Nov. 7 at the Philippine Navy Golf Club course. The second group is scheduled to play on Oct. 24 at TAT Filipinas and Nov. 14 at the Philippine Navy.

The Inter School series is still part of the year-round talent development program being initiated by the Junior Golf Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. with the full backing of the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) and other sponsors.

Philippine Airlines, PanCake House Group, Terriyaki Boy and Sizzlin Pepper are major sponsors. Other sponsors are Smart, Inquirer Golf, Friends of JGFP, Dynamics Sports and Pioneer Insurance.

Participating schools are Acacia School, Ateneo de Manila University, Assumption College, Beacon International, Brent International, DLSU Canlubang, DLSU Taft, College of St. Benilde, Dela Salle Zobel, Marist School, Integrated Montessori School, Kennedy School International, La Salle Greenhills, Morning Dew Montessori, St. Paul’s College, Southville International, The Masters Academy, Sacred Heart, St. Francis of Assisi, School of the Holy Spirit and Xavier School.

Entries will be classified according to the following: Midgets 1 (boys Grade 5-7), Midgets 2 (Boys Grade 2-4), Seniors (boys college) Girls 1 (high school and college), Girls 2 (Grade 2-7), Juniors (boys high school).

They will be competing for the team and individual honors with corresponding points that will qualify them for the grand finals on January next year.

Philstar.com

 

Inter-School Golf Tourney Starts this Sunday


MANILA, Philippines — One hundred forty-six players from 22 Metro Manila schools are competing in the 1st ICTSI Inter School Golf Championships set  to kick off this Sunday at the rolling TAT Filipinas Golf Club in San Pedro, Laguna.

The big field will play in two batches over four Sundays with today’s group playing its second round on Nov. 7 at the Philippine Navy Golf Club course. The second group is scheduled to play on Oct. 24 at TAT Filipinas and November 14 at the Philippine Navy.

The Inter School series is still part of the year-round talent development program being initiated by the Junior Golf Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. with the full backing of the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) and other sponsors.

Philippine Airlines, PanCake House Group, Terriyaki Boy and Sizzlin Pepper are major sponsors. Other sponsors are Smart, Inquirer Golf, Friends of JGFP, Dynamics Sports and Pioneer Insurance.

Participating schools are Acacia School, Ateneo de Manila University, Assumption College, Beacon International, Brent International, DLSU Canlubang, DLSU Taft, College of St. Benilde, Dela Salle Zobel, Marist School, Integrated Montessori School, Kennedy School International, La Salle Greenhills, Morning Dew Montessori, St. Paul’s College, Southville International, The Masters Academy, Sacred Heart, St. Francis of Assisi, School of the Holy Spirit,  and Xavier School.

Manila Bulletin

 

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Celestino completes wire-to-wire win


Lawrence Celestino booked a seat at the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final via a wire-to-wire victory in the second Faldo Series Philippines Championship at TAT Filipinas Golf Club in San Pedro, Laguna recently.

After taking the first-round lead, Celestino matched par then scored a 75 in the final round to finish at 223 for a three-stroke win over Agustin Mata.

Mata claimed the boys’ 16-under title and will join Celestino at the Grand Finals in China to be hosted by Nick Faldo at Mission Hill Golf Club next March.

Princess Superal, 13, topped the girls’ category to claim the third and final automatic qualifying spot at Mission Hills.
She posted a 235 total, five strokes ahead of Mia Legaspi, for her third straight triumph since reigning in her age-group in the Asia-Pacific meet in Bangalore, India.

More than 50 joined the Philippine qualifying at TAT Filipinas but last year’s winner Jobim Carlos was not among them after opting to play in Singapore along with the other members of the ICTSI pool.

The Faldo Series served as the seventh leg of the ICTSI Jungolf Summer Circuit organized by the Junior Golf Foundation of the Philippines which is also sponsored by Philippine Airlines, Pancake House Group, Teriyaki Boy and Sizzilin Pepper as major sponsors. The other sponsors are Dynamic Sports and Leisure Corp., McDonald’s, Smart, Golf Depot, and Pioneer Insurance.

Underwritten by six-time Major winner Faldo, the Faldo Series Asia is supported by major partners ISPS, Mission Hills and The R&A as well as official golf wear partner Alpine Creations. It is also endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Federation (APGC).

Manila Bulletin

 

Celestino to lead RP bets in Faldo Series final


Lawrence Celestino will lead the country’s campaign in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final after winning the Philippine leg at the TAT Filipinas Golf Club in San Pedro, Laguna.

The 18-yar-old Celestino didn’t start out well with a four-over 76 on opening day but rebounded in the next two round to complete a three-shot win over Augustin Mata in the second Faldo Series Philippine Championship.

His rounds of 75 and 72, together with the 76, gave him a 223 total enough to earn for him a slot in the boys’ Under-21 division in the grand final set at the Mission Hills in China on March 2011.

Despite the runner-up finish of the 16-year-old Mata, he is still going to China as he topped the boys’ 16-and-under division.

Princess Superal engineered a romp in the girls’ category, shooting a 235 to beat Mia Legaspi by five and claim the third and final automatic spot. The 13-year-old, who won in the 31st Asia-Pacific Junior Golf Championships in India two weeks ago, will have her second chance to win in international competition at Mission Hills.

Last year’s winner Jobim Carlos was unable to defend his title due to a last minute international call up, however more than 50 other talented young golfers from The Philippines and further afield, boys and girls aged 12 to 21.

JVP/Adrian Flores, GMANews.TV

 

Celestino captures Faldo Series jungolf crown


TEEN GOLFER LAWRENCE CELESTINO captured the Faldo Series Philippines Championship crown after finishing with a 223 tally for a three-shot win over Agustin Mata recently at the Tat Filipinas Golf Club in San Pedro, Laguna.

Both Celestino and Mata, who claimed the Under-16 title with a 226, also earned berths in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final at the Mission Hills Golf Club in China.

The 18-year-old Celestino, playing out of Eagle Ridge, showed his class on Day 2 with an even-par round of 72 before cruising to a 75 in the third and final round.

Princess Superal also ruled the girls’ category to claim the third and final automatic qualifying spot at Mission Hills.

The 13-year-old Superal posted a 235 aggregate, five ahead of Mia Legaspi, for her third straight win since topping her age-group in the Asia-Pacific meet in Bangalore, India.

The Faldo Series served as the seventh leg of the ICTSI Jungolf Summer Circuit organized by the Junior Golf Foundation of the Philippines.

More than 50 jungolfers saw action in the Philippine qualifying at Tat Filipinas, located 30 minutes drive from Manila.

Last year’s winner Jobim Carlos, though, skipped the tournament after opting to play in Singapore along with the other members of the ICTSI pool.

The tournament is also endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Federation.

Inquirer Sports

 


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