PH Seniors Am gets going at Aguinaldo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
WITH THICKER roughs and faster greens, the relatively short but tight Camp Aguinaldo layout looms as a great test for a star-studded field teeing off today in the NGAP-Globe Philippine Seniors Amateur championship.
The biggest names in the ranks, including former champions Francis Gaston and Rolly Viray, are entered in the 54-hole tournament, and Viray doesn’t see anyone breaking par over the par-68, tree-lined course.
“I think something in the vicinity of 8- or 9-over would be enough (to win it),” Viray, the 2005 champion who also serves as golf manager of Canlubang, said after his final practice round.
“It’s a very tough course and it will punish errant shots off the tees.”
Gaston is another notable in the field together with Dave Hernandez, mainstays of the rock-solid Luisita and Canlubang squads, respectively, in the PAL Interclub.
Other members of those two squads like Minying Maravilla, Rudy Amata and Lino Magpantay of Luisita, and Mari Hechanova, Bing Bunye and Tony Olives of Canlubang are also in the field, making it a wide-open race for the championship.
Several other divisions are also set to tee off, with former President Fidel V. Ramos seeing action in the Super Senior category. Musong R. Castillo