Philip­pine team braces for sec­ond WAGC World Fi­nals ap­pear­ance

Manila Times - - Golf - BY JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID

THE Philip­pine team will launch its sec­ond cam­paign in the pres­ti­gious World Am­a­teur Golfers Cham­pi­onship ( WAGC) World Fi­nals slated on Oc­to­ber 20 to 28 in Jo­hor, Malaysia.

“Right now, the other coun­tries know not to take us lightly be­cause of what hap­pened last year,” World Am­a­teur Golfers In­vi­ta­tional (WAGI) Di­vi­sion 1 cham­pion Tony Payumo told The Mani­laTimes.

The PH Team earned the cov­eted

- tic­i­pa­tion in the WAGC World Fi­nals last year af­ter dis­play­ing high level of sports­man­ship. Payumo took home three awards in­clud­ing an in­di­vid­ual cham­pi­onship crown.

Philip­pine golfers will now again test their met­tle in the meet against par­tic­i­pants from 45 other coun­tries.

“It is an honor to rep­re­sent the coun­try again. But we will be con­ser­va­tive and ag­gres­sive at the same time since the course is not fa­mil­iar to us. How­ever, we will play our best once we stepped in the golf course,” added Payumo, 45.

Be­sides Payumo, the other Filipinos com­pet­ing in the tour­na­ment are Blake Go, Vicky Her­rera, Ariel Van­guardia, Ted Arce­nas, Kirby Co and Mark Le­viste.

“WAGC and WAGI is the ul­ti­mate

golfers and skill lev­els. It is an op­por­tu­nity for us, am­a­teur golfers, to ex­pe­ri­ence that Olympic-type set­ting that only pro­fes­sional golfers ex­pe­ri­ence,” said for­mer Batan­gas vice-gov­er­nor Mark Le­viste.

Mean­while, last year’s WAGI Di­vi­sion 1 third placer Oliver Gan will be the WAGC team cap­tain af­ter top­ping the Na­tional Fi­nals.

iden­ti­cal 77s to claim the top hon­ors last month at the Sum­mit Point Golf and Coun­try Club in Batan­gas City.

The 35-year old Gan will be sup­ported by An­to­nio Pas­cua (Di­vi­sion 2 cham­pion), Joven Pa­pio (Div. 3), Eric Si (Div. 4) and Danilo Odeste (Div 5) in the Cham­pi­onship di­vi­sion.

“I am re­ally happy that I was able to get the cham­pi­onship. This is mem­o­rable for me,” said

the Philip­pine Sports In­sti­tute for Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion.

Play­ers will vie for ti­tles in the cham­pi­onship, in­vi­ta­tional, in­di­vid­ual and team events.

The Cham­pi­onship Team Com­pe­ti­tion com­bines the best four

na­tional team whereas the In­vi­ta­tional counts the com­bined to­tal score of both team mem­bers.

Le­viste, mean­while, calls for the sup­port of Filipino com­mu­nity in Malaysia dur­ing the week-long tour­na­ment.

“We are ask­ing for your prayers and sup­port — from our Filipino kababayan ( coun­try­men) in Malaysia — to go out and sup­port our team,” he con­cluded.

WAGC world fi­nals qual­i­fiers pose with their tro­phies dur­ing the award­ing cer­e­mony held on Septem­ber 14 at the Sum­mit Point Golf and Coun­try Club.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

WAGI 2017 Di­vi­sion 1 cham­pion Tonito Payumo (left), Mark Le­viste and Oliver Gan (right).

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