Twenty Filipino junior golfers earned their slot in the ENAGIC Junior Championship Asia after posting wins in the inaugural Philippine qualifiers last December 2 at the Southlink Golf Clun in Las Pinas City.
Jolo Magcalayo will be leading the charge for the Philippines along with Kayla Nocum, Miguel Ilas, and Sam Dizon, who topped their respective age category that earned them free plane tickets for the Asia qualifiers in March 2018 in Okinawa, Japan.
The four top players will join sixteen other Philippine representatives in the prestigious event for junior golfers aged 12 to 18.
Magcalayo and Aidric Chan carded an identical even-par 72s to pushed for a sudden death playoff on the par-5 hole no. 18. Magcalayo took home the trophy in the Boys 15-18 division with an eagle from the greenside bunker.
Nocum, on the other hand, doubled her last hole during the regulation to drop into a tie with Mikha Fortuna as they submitted a three-over par 75 scores during the second playoff in the tournament. Fortuna pulled her drive to the left of tight hole no. 10 fairway to hobble with a double bogey with Nocum calmly scoring a par to win the crown in the Girls 15 to 18 division.
Sam Dizon and Laurea Duque pulled another play-off as they both finished an even-par 72 with the former winning on the first hole of regulation in the Girls 14 and below category.
Miguel Ilaw, meanwhile, avoided a possible sudden death by punching the only sub-par score with two-under 70 and five strokes clear of his nearest pursuer.
“We are happy with the event. The turnout is impressive, the track is tough and the competition is high level with the number of kids having already played for the Philippines’ senior teams. We are excited to see how the Philippines will do in Okinawa,” said ENAGIC Asia representative Tony Meechai.
Besides the aforementioned players, other Filipino ENAGIC qualifiers are Luis Castro, Carl Corpus and Santino Gatmaytan (Boys 15-18); Nicole Abelar, Sofia Chabon and Sofia Legaspi (Girls 15-18), Zachary Castro, Joaquin Hernandez, Sean Jean Ramos and Tae Soo Kim (Boys 14 and below); Burbery ZHang, Juliene Borlongan and Maria Rafaela Singson (Girls 14 and below).
The ENAGIC Junior Championship Asia will be joined by players from Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia Indonesia, and the Philippines. The top girl and boy winners in the Japan qualifiers will earn a slot and a free airfare ticket to the 2018 ENAGIC Junior Championship in Los Angeles, California next year.