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By Ric de Vera
March 22, 2018


The state of New South Wales (NSW) won for the third time the 24th Fil-Aussie Interstate Friendship golf tournament held for four days in Manila on March 13-16, 2018. There were 35 strong contingents from Sydney captained by Arnold Villamayor who garnered 703 points under the ‘seven to play, five to count’ team scoring method.

NSW was awarded the monumental trophy plus P10,000 cash prize for their fantastic team efforts. “Am so happy that for the third time in a row the most coveted monumental trophy was handed to us” said Arnold Villamayor, the captain of NSW team.

The Australian Capital Territory captained by Phonz May (in lieu of Luke Revet) came second with total accumulated points of 700. “This is the first time that we almost made it to the top by losing only 3 points on the last day”. Said an ecstatic Ariel Pattugalan, the president of Filcom Sports of ACT and the host of this years series.

Individual over-all champion was Nor Hugo from Victoria followed by Hem Chandra from ACT as runner up. These winners received monumental trophies and cash prizes of P3,000 and P1,000 respectively, for their exceptional efforts.

This year’s tournament major sponsors were: Philippine Department of Tourism, Sydney office under the auspices of Norjamin delos Reyes, Tourism Attache for Australia & New Zealand and Megaworld International care of Liz Angeles, Country Manager for Australia.

The Fil-Aussie Interstate Friendship golf cup which is now composed of almost 100 golfers coming from all over states and territories in Australia has been held in Manila annually for the past fourteen (14) years. The venues were carefully selected four (4) championship, top rated and privately owned golf courses. For the first time the group played Mt Malarayat (Makulot & Lobo course), Summit Point, the Riviera (Langer course) and Canlubang Golf & Country club – North course. Six (6) golfers from Wellington, New Zealand headed by Archie Milo also participated after their stent at the 71st PAL Interclub in Bacolod City.

All Fil-Aussie golfers together with their friends are invited to join again next year’s tournament which is the silver jubilee and represent their very own state or territory. For more information, you may call Ric de Vera on 0416-466-351 or email at ric.devera1243@yahoo.com.au. Please check our FB named Fil-Aussie Interstate Friendship Golf.


Meanwhile, Fil-Oz Sydney Seniors Team had a breakthrough by winning as second runner up in Friendship division of the 71st PAL Interclub golf tournament held in Bacolod City on February 26 to March 5, 2018. This is the first win in seventeen (17) years that Fil-Oz Sydney Seniors has been participating in this oldest, well organised and well attended golf tournament in the Philippines today. “We were lucky to have won for the first time after so many years” said team captain Carlos Perez.

Team members were Gaddee Soriano, Bert Bugayong, Ruben Bugnosen, Roger delos Reyes, Ed Noche, Tony Salalila and Alex del Prado.

On the other hand, the Fil-Oz Sydney Men’s Regular team captained by this writer played the following week on March 6-12, 2018 had to contend with 11th place out of 21 teams under the Friendship division. Team members were Edwin Albances, Raul Luna, Nelson Catig, Nep Palomo, Alvin Rebulado, Leo Santiago, Romy Morales, Jimmy Morales, Ed Montero & Simon Thomas.

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