DEREK RAMSAY & JOHN ESTRADA
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).