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Biggest JGFP tilt kicks off in Davao

DAVAO CITY — More than a hundred junior golfers from Mindanao will see action in the JGFP Davao Championships starting Thursday at the Apo Golf and Country Club.

The age brackets for the 5 to 12 years old will be played on Thursday and Friday, while participants in the 13 to 18 years old categories will see action on Saturday and Sunday.

Under the new board, this is the first time that the JGFP will conduct a tournament of this magnitude at Apo Golf, or since its first and only event here back in 2014.

“We are very excited to have a real grassroots development for golf. After this Davao meet, we will also be doing a similar event in Cagayan de Oro City later this month,” said JGFP chairman Tommy Manotoc.

JGFP president Olver Gan shares the same sentiment, hoping to discover new talents.

“We hope to discover new talents at the grassroots level, which is the mission of JGFP,” said Gan, a former golf consultant at the Games and Amusement Board.

“With the number of participants that we have, it’s already a success not only for the JGFP, but for the golfers because they will have a solid competition,” added Gan, who has invited Davao City Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte to grace the event.

The region has produced a number of successful world class golfers over the years, including Apo’s own Tony Lascuna, Cassius Casas, Elmer Saban, Elmer Salvador, Jay Bayron, Jhonnel Ababa, national team member Elee Bisera and rising star Edison Tabalin.

As part of its support to the grassroots programs of the JGFP, the management of Apo Golf has prepared the course with the set up of the fairways and greens.

Gan also expressed his gratitude to Apo Golf board, led by its president Leo Magno, for allowing the golf course as home of the JGFP in Mindanao.
The tee times and pairings:

10:30 a.m. (girls’ 6-and-under) — Stephanie Gan, Soleil Lanne Molde, Samantha Ibarra
10:40 a.m. (boys’ 6-and-under) — Isheidel Revilleza, Joaquin Andres Perez, Ethan Tiancolago
10:50 a.m. (boys’ 6-and-under) — Ethan Franco Lago, Lucas de Guzman
11:00 a.m. (girls’ 7-8) — Eliana Mendoza, Rafella Adrienne Batican, Jaimie Salazar
11:10 a.m. (boys’ 7-8) — James Benedict Rolida, Rory Isiah Bisera, Shiloh Plete

11:20 a.m. (boys’ 7-8) — Stephen Travis Ausin, Jeremiah Ordanza, Joseph Adrian Tangtatco, Alonzo Rutuerto
11:30 a.m.. (girls’ 7-8) — Athena Batican, Kylie Cebrian, Atasha Elize Naranjo, Merryl Angel Salvador
11:40 a.m. (girls’ 9-10) — Adrianna Rancines, Arianna Coleen Ang, Althea Setter Villaber
11:50 a.m. (boys’ 9-10) — Mico Deltheo Woo, Jared Saban, Laurence Saban
12:00 p.m. (boys’ 9-10) — Steve William Ibarra, Mano Senador, Franco Qui

10:30 a.m. (girls’ 9-10) — Brittany Pauline Tamayo, Jay Molde Solana, Gia Bullecer, Kim Baroquillo
10:40 a.m. (boys’ 9-10) — Ralph Rian Batican, Ken Eduard Guillermo, Vito Sarines
10:50 a.m. (boys’ 9-10) — Ramjen Ababa, Prince Earljohn Bisera, Jehu Ordianza, Eduardo Mandahuyan
11:00 a.m. (girls’ 11-12) — Izabella Rancines, Johanna Uyking, Nicole Gan
11:10 a.m. (girls’ 11-12) — Lisa Sarines, Mona Sarines, Aki Wacan, Alexie Isabella Gabi
11:20 a.m. (boys’ 11-12) — Gio Pasquil, Jacob Gomez, Blademher Estologa, Dexter Equi
11:30 p.m. (girls’ 11-12) — Isabella Tabanas, Sophia Hillary Bulado, Mary Rose Wacan
11:40 p.m. (boys’ 11-12) — David James Teves, Earl Aladin, Santi Rabat
11:50 p.m. (boys’ 11-12) — Jack Daniel Nagayo, Heaven Ababa, John Miggy Orfila
12:00 p.m. (boys’ 11-12) — George Wacan, Chiz John Wacan, John Carl Fiel

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