A seniors golf tournament, aptly dubbed “Play with the Masters” and put up by the many-time Philippine Masters champion no less, will be held on Oct. 23 in what has long been considered been considered as the home of The Masters – Villamor Golf Club.
Senior Professional Golfers Association of the Philippines (SPGA) president Robert Pactolerin, who dominated PH golf during his prime with multiple PH Masters crowns stacked in his trophy cabinet, is spearheading the staging of the 18-hole tournament open to all senior pros 50-years-old-and-above which will also feature the rising and leading amateur players in the men’s and ladies ranks.
Cash prizes plus gift items will be up for grabs in the centerpiece seniors pro division while trophies and prizes will be staked in the amateur side of the event backed by Ellesse, RMN Media and Marketing Ventures, Seven Echo, Serve Well and GCAP Ventures Philippines.
Entry fee is P3,500 for the amateurs, inclusive of green fee, caddie and meal. For tickets and reservations, call Robert at 0977-139-8071 or Ben at 0956-812-0099.
Proceeds of the tournament will be used to fund the training and upgrading of the senior pros’ teaching skills.
Aside from Pactolerin, who last won on the Philippine Golf Tour in Bacolod in 2011, others seeing action in the event aimed at helping the country’s senior pros are Mario Siodina, Caloy Nival and Mario Manubay, who like Pactolerin is a former Philippine Open champion.
Meanwhile, the amateur category will have two categories – the regular 54-years-old-and-below and the seniors 55-years-old-and-above to be classified under Classes A, B and C to be played under the System 36 scoring format.
The top three finishers, along with those in women’s play, will receive trophies and merchandise items.
Tee-off is at 6 a.m. with one pro and three amateurs making up each flight.