THE country’s senior pros take center stage today when as they slug it out for top honors side-by-side with the amateurs in the “Play with the Masters” golf tournament at the Villamor Golf Club.
Many-time Masters champion Robert Pactolerin banners the field that includes the likes of Mario Siodina, Caloy Nival and Mario Manubay, who dominated the local golf scene during their prime, along with the other golfing seniors aged 50-and above.
The 18-hole tournament also features the amateur division in both the men’s and ladies categories where participants will get the rare chance to play and learn from the former masters of the game. Tee-off is 6 a.m. with one pro and three amateurs making up each flight.
The event, organized by the Senior Professional Golfers Association of the Philippines and backed by Ellesse, RMN Media and Marketing Ventures, Seven Echo, Serve Well, Lubestraders Corp., distributor of Shell Oil and GCAP Ventures Philippines, is also being staged to raise funds for the training and upgrading of the senior pros’ teaching skills.
The amateur side 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.
Cash prizes plus gift items will be staked in the centerpiece seniors pro division while trophies and prizes will be up for grabs in the amateur side.