Lanz Uy of TUP and Ateneo De ManiLa University emerged as the biggest winners at the end of the second leg of medal round of the 2019 Philippine Golf Foundation (PGF) School Championship held on November 10 and 17 at the Ayala Greenfield and the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club.
It was a battle of Civil Engineering students for the second leg men’s individual as Uy from Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) beat Jonas Magcalayo of Mapua, 69 (34-35) — 64 (29-35) in the Stableford scoring tournament. Santino Gatmaytan of Ateneo 2 finished third at 59 (27-32) points.
Ateneo’s Aliah Pages won the leg in women’s division with a 44 (25-19) ahead of Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU)’s Samantha Beltran with 37 (18-19) and Ateneo’s Shenly Chua with a 32 (18-14).
Ateneo 2 made the most of their complete lineup to take home the top team prize for the second leg with Gatmaytan, Adrian Romero, Marc Corrales and Alexis Ong checking in with a 165 score (83-82) to lead LPU of Wigwam Tapdasan, Joseph Orbito, Beltran and Min Siho by fifteen at 150 (84-66), Ateneo 1 without the services of Batsti Lorenzo and of Nathan Kawpeng, posted an aggregate score of 146 (88-46).
The Ateneo Women’s Team of Nikki Bruce, Pages and Shenyn Cheng won the women’s title with an 80 (33-47).
Uy made it a double as he won the overall men’s individual championship in the three to play, four to count Stableford scoring format by posting a three-round score of 104 (34-35-35) ahead of Ateneo 1’s Kawpeng with a 91 (34-27-30) and LPU’s Tapdasan with a 89 (33-28-28).
Ateneo 1 topped the overall men’s team competition with a three-day score aggregate of 248 (87-73-88), nipping Ateneo 2 by four at 244 (79-83-82) with LPU at third with 233 (68-81-84).
Bruce topped the overall women’s individual division with a 77 (22-29-26) to tow Ateneo, 138 (45-46-47) to the women’s title.
Action shifts to head-to-head knockout match-up play for the top four college men’s teams today (November 24) and December 1 again at the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club.
A high school invitational division will also play two rounds of stroke play using the Stableford points system with boy’s and girl’s teams from De La Salle Zobel, La Salle Green Hills, Xavier and St, Paul College-Pasig confirming participation.
The team champions of each division will be declared as 2019 PGF School Champions.
The 14th edition of the only collegiate golf league in the Philippines took a new direction by opening the championship to both team and individual golfers whether they are recognized or not by their respective schools as a club or varsity team sport.
The championship this year aims to further push college golf competition in the consciousness of traditional big school leagues like the UAAP and the NCAA by displaying that there is a healthy college level golfing population waiting to be tapped by schools for league tournaments.
The tournament aims to show the leagues and colleges not familiar with the sport that golf is a viable and exciting sport to support.
More than 40 college level players were registered to play representing Ateneo, LPU, University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, TUP and Mapua.