Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Aboitiz Cebu Country Club Invitational

Yesterday, I attended by invitation, the press conference of the first ever Aboitiz Invitational. It was held in Acacia - Narra Conference Room of Cebu Country Club (CCC). Whether you're into golf or not, read along- you might want to grab the opportunity of witnessing a professional tournament that will be taking place within the month.
The Philippine Golf Tour (PGT) is a professional golfing organization established by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. (PGTI) to advance the state of professional golf in the Philippines and to promote the country as a major golfing destination for international tournaments. It is currently joined by over 100 Professional Golfers.

The Aboitiz Invitational will fire off next week. It will be held at the Cebu Country Club. It is the 10th leg of PGT where the biggest names of Philippine golf will gather.

 “Aboitiz is coming in as title sponsor and has committed to infuse P2.5 million into PGT as title sponsor. Without them, the Cebu leg would have not been  possible. We look forward to a long term partnership with the Aboitiz Group,” says Colo Ventosa, General Manager of Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
“We are very excited with this event. Hopefully this is the start for Cebu becoming a regular stop of the tour,” Ventosa said.

Sebastian Lacson, Chief Reputation Officer of Aboitiz Equity Ventures talked about the reason why some countries keep on winning on all sorts of sports. "It is not about the limitations of our physical aspects but the genuine support of its people." he said. "The Filipinos have to be supportive on athletic prowess and athletic conquest in order for us to reach the top in the field of sports." he added.

Sebastian expressed his gratitude on the much awaited event for this is the first time in nine years that a major golf event is set to take place at the Cebu Country Club. The last golf event held in CCC was the annual Philippine Airlines (PAL) Interclub golf tournament in 2001. "We are so proud and thankful for having Aboitiz Equity Ventures associate with the Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc." he said. He assured that everyone will love the show and that there will be full attendance of the pros.

August 9 - Golf Clinic
August10 - Professional Tournament
August 12-13 - Tournament

The press conference was graced by the presence of 21-year-old Tonlits Asistio, the youngest pro in the country today, as well as three-time tour winner Marvin Dumandan of Davao City.

Asistio, who is currently ranked number 22 in the order of merit, turned professional only last March after competing in the Pal Interclub.

Dumandan shared some of his thoughts and experiences on playing golf. "Marami na akong nalaroan na places at golf courses. Mahirap siya talaga." Dumandan said. "Akala ng iba ang swerte at relax lang ako pero 'yong biyahe pag may tournaments-talagang nakakatakot. Kailangan talaga mag gastos at importante na physically ang mentally ready ka." he added.

He stressed out that everything should be given notice when you play Golf and that money is not a barrier to indulge yourself in such sport. He thanked the media for promoting Golf events and tournaments. "Sa media, kung wala kayo, walang makakaalam na may tournaments dito at doon kaya maraming salamat sa tulong niyong ipaalam sa ibang tao na may mga events at tournaments na ganito." he said.

Again, I am inviting everyone to miss not this oppurtunity to witness firegolfers display their skills honed for years to make it in tournaments such as the First Aboitiz Cebu Country Club Invitational.

The event is open to public and free! Be there when it happens! It's for free Invite your friends and family too! Enjoy yourself in the Cebu Country Club's well-maintained terrains and interior fixtures on the given dates.

See you there!

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