Philippine team braces for second WAGC World Finals appearance
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.
WAGI 2017 Division 1 champion Tonito Payumo (left), Mark Leviste and Oliver Gan (right).