BAGUIO CITY – Four brand new Toyota cars will be up for grabs in the 69th Fil-Am Invitational Golf Tournament at the Baguio Country Club and Camp John Hay golf courses that will officially start today (Nov. 28).
Holes number 10 and 18 will be the designated holes at BCC and CJH, respectively, that nets a Toyota Rush for the hole-in-one maker, declared co-chairs Anthony de Leon and Tim Allen during a press conference at the CJH golf club.
The two said that said holes measure about 170 yards and have been the designated holes for years.
Two other cars, Toyota Wigo, will be for the raffle during the awards night slated on Dec. 6 and 15 for the seniors and regular division, respectively.
Practice rounds will start for the Regular F and G flights as well as the seniors and new division super senior today. A captain’s meeting is also scheduled to finalize the line-up of teams as well as to give each captain a run-down of the tournament rules.
Some 91 seniors team are ready for action on Dec. 1 as secretariat head Roanne Galicia say that the number went up from last year’s 69.
The super seniors is open to players 70 years and older where co-host John Hay will be fielding a team.
Luisita’s is expected to defend it’s crown in the premiere Fil Championship flight with Manila Southwoods and Megafiber as the biggest challengers.
Luisita is expected to be bannered by former pro Eddie Bagtas, while Tommy Manotoc is expected to anchor Southwoods in the five to play, four to count tournament by San Miguel.
Luisita is also defending in the Fil-Am Championship fight.
Meanwhile, practice rounds for the regular Championship, A to E flights will be Dec. 7 with the tournament proper to start on Dec. 10.
The Carmona, Cavite based Southwoods will return to defend its crown, hoping too to earn the team’s 17th title since 1997, when the team debuted and became the tournament’s most dominant team ever.
Yutu Katsuragawa is expected to return after a year’s absence the team which will miss Joo Hyung Kim, last year’s individual champion, who turned pro.
Allen said that they are expecting another Japanese player for Southwoods which they yet have to identify.
Southwoods will miss Luigi Paolo Wong, who is from nearby La Trinidad, who moved to Royal Northwoods.