Miguel makes his­tory Di­a­mond Motors golf

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I HAD the rare honor of play­ing golf with Miguel Tabuena on Fri­day. Oc­ca­sion was the 17th Di­a­mond Motors In­vi­ta­tion­als at the Manila Golf Club in­side plush Forbes Park, Makati City.

You just don’t get to play that eas­ily at MGC, whose equiv­a­lent in stature and, yes, snooti­ness is Au­gusta Na­tional in Au­gusta, Ge­or­gia. Au­gusta is, of course, home of the Masters, the world’s most pres­ti­gious event.

My grat­i­tude there­fore goes enor­mously to Ge­orge Blay­lock, Di­a­mond’s top hon­cho, who even so gra­ciously in­cluded me in his flight that also in­cluded Mat­suhiro Oshikiri, the jolly pres­i­dent of Mit­subishi Motors Philip­pines.

And also to my dear old friend Art Bal­madrid, who re­minded me force­fully that I shouldn’t miss the event as it also af­forded me the chance to see dear buddy Froi Dy­tian­quin again. Thanks, Art.

At the Manila Golf Club, you walk vir­tu­ally on rich man’s land. Rodeo Drive. Fifth Av­enue.

How many celebri­ties—big shots in show biz in­cluded—had been re­jected mem­ber­ship there, de­spite the scream­ing color of their money?

I don’t know if their rule of al­low­ing a non­mem­ber to play there only once a week is still in ef­fect. If yes, I don’t give a hoot. Why, a share cost­ing P40 mil­lion gives Club mem­bers all that right to be ex­clu­sive.

And name me a Club that has a sep­a­rate locker room for its guests? And first class at that, mind you.

But ex­clu­siv­ity and all, Ge­orge, Oshikiri-san, Miguel and I had fun.

Miguel was a thrill to watch in the flesh. Just one word to de­scribe his game on Fri­day: Bril­liant.

One ea­gle. Should have been two—the sec­ond ea­gle from 25 feet lipped out. Six birdies. Parred the rest for a 63. Blue tees, just inches away from the gold tees.

In the award­ing cer­e­mony, Ge­orge said of Miguel: “I’m happy to an­nounce that Miguel Tabuena is now a Di­a­mond Motors en­dorser. And to­day, Miguel’s 8-un­der-par 63 had set a new record for the re­designed course.”

The old course had a best of 61 fired by Rudy Labares.

Tabuena, who plays this week in the Pana­sonic Open in Ibaraki, Ja­pan, is al­ready the proud owner of two Philip­pine Open crowns. He won his first when he was only 21 in 2015 and the sec­ond only last month.

So young and Tabuena, con­ceal­ing his youth with a mous­tache, is up there al­ready—vir­tu­ally. Soon the Masters?

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