GOLF BUD­DIES

DEREK RAM­SAY & JOHN ESTRADA

YES! (Philippines) - - IN THIS ISSUE - text by jo­ce­lyn t. valle

While work­ing on the 2014 movie The Tro­phy Wife, in which they played broth­ers, John Estrada and Derek Ram­say dis­cov­ered their shared pas­sion for golf. They soon formed a bond that be­came so strong, they started call­ing each other bro—for real.

Last May, the bros teamed up to win in the Philip­pine leg of the Jack Nick­laus In­ter­na­tional In­vi­ta­tional (JNII) golf tour­na­ment for two-per­son teams of recre­ational play­ers world­wide. They went on to rep­re­sent the coun­try in the grand tour­na­ment held the fol­low­ing month, on June 1, in the U.S. state of Ohio, where they emerged as over­all cham­pi­ons.

Derek was on cloud nine at the July 7 open­ing of his fam­ily-owned food park, The Bar­racks, in Ta­gay­tay, when he talked to YES! about his “in­sane” JNII ex­pe­ri­ence. He also spoke glow­ingly of his golf buddy John: “Yeah, ka-vibes ta­laga kami no’n. We know each other’s strengths and weak­nesses in the game. And we work well sa golf, ha, as a team.”•

As win­ners of the Jack Nick­laus In­ter­na­tional In­vi­ta­tional, John Estrada (left) and Derek Ram­say (right) earned the right to meet golf leg­end Jack “Golden Bear” Nick­laus (cen­ter). The meet­ing took place at the Jack Nick­laus Mu­seum in Colum­bus City, Ohio, on June 2, a day af­ter the tour­na­ment.

Ear­lier that day, John and Derek—wear­ing their Golden Bear jack­ets—ac­cepted their award in a cer­e­mony that was also held at the Jack Nick­laus Mu­seum.

The New York Times re­ported John and Derek’s tri­umph that same day on its web­site. Re­porter Karen Crouse noted that John bears a re­sem­blance to the for­mer men’s world num­ber one golfer Ja­son Day, whose mother hap­pens to be a Filip­ina.

“Does your game look like Ja­son Day’s?” Nick­laus was quoted as ask­ing John when the golf leg­end was asked by the press if the ac­tor could por­tray Day in a movie.

John, de­scribed as ap­par­ently over­whelmed by be­ing face to face with one of his and Derek’s idols, could only man­age to say, “No, not re­ally.”

“I was lost for words,” John later told re­porters. Derek ex­plained, “We were like our fans when they meet us.”

The ath­letic pals went to Ohio with their re­spec­tive ro­man­tic part­ners. Derek was with his girl­friend Joanne Vil­l­ablanca, and John, with his wife Priscilla.

The two cou­ples had souvenir shots taken at the Cedar Point amuse­ment park (left), touted as the “Roller Coaster Cap­i­tal of the World,” and at the New Al­bany Coun­try Club (be­low), the com­pe­ti­tion’s venue.

Derek and John stood be­side the Golden Bear tro­phy. “I can’t ex­plain what I’m feel­ing know­ing that our names will be en­graved on this tro­phy for­ever,” Derek said on In­sta­gram. “Rep­re­sent­ing your coun­try is the big­gest dream of any ath­lete. @john_ estrada it was awe­some rep­re­sent­ing the Philip­pines with you bro.”

Team Philip­pines had a groufie with Team In­done­sia’s Pe­dro Li­mardo (cen­ter), who placed sec­ond with his team­mate Ed­win Abeng (not in photo). In an In­sta­gram post, John Estrada de­scribed Pe­dro and Ed­win as “amaz­ing play­ers” and “great golfers.”

The tour­na­ment win­ners led their fel­low play­ers in a meet-and-greet ses­sion with Jack Nick­laus (back to the cam­era).

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