Fijian golfer Daven Naidu of Minchinbury won the 20th PAL Kalayaan Cup golf tournament held at the prestigious Macquarie Links International Golf Club last month.
The tournament was held in conjunction with the 117th anniversary celebration of the proclamation of Philippine Independence. His unbeatable score of 43 points under the stableford scoring system using his handicap of 23 from ParE Golf Social Club gave him the edge over the rest of the 117 participants.
He was awarded the championship trophy, a return ticket to Manila courtesy of Philippine Airlines and the privilege to engrave his name on the perpetual trophy. He also received the symbolic RP flag motif jacket for his win.
“It was a great day for me. I didn’t expect to win but guess I was lucky. Didn’t have a clue that I was in the running to win as there were so many other great players” said an ecstatic Daven.
In her message, Philippine Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis stressed on the value of ‘Kalayaan’ as she highlighted the theme of this year’s celebration ‘Tagumpay sa Pagbabagong Nasimulan, Abot-Kamay na ng Bayan’ (Triumphs through reforms, within nation’s reach). She acknowledged the support of golfers from other Asian countries, congratulated Fil-oz golf club and thanked sponsors, particularly the national flag carrier, PAL.
This writer, as Fil-oz president, acknowledged the support of various sponsors, particularly Ian Robinson, PAL Country Manager, Aris Ortanez, Marketing director of AICL/AIH Higher Education, Delfin Posada of LBC, Liz Angeles of Megaworld and R.O. Biala Pty. Ltd.
We also expressed appreciation to the different Social golf clubs presidents, namely Sutti Sutontanyakorn of Thai Golf Association; Rey Garcia of Golf ParE Social club, Ariel Pattugalan of Filcom Sports Club of Canberra, Ralph Posadas of Jokers, Dinky Baso of Indonesian Golf Association, Vangie Leones of West Sydney Golf and Prescy Keogh for inviting her Australian friends from NSW, Avondale, Concord, Moore Park and Hurstville Golf clubs. Other groups were Pogi, Divotees, Fairgolf, and Puro Golf clubs.
Thanks also to Jodie Kelly, Event Manager of Macquarie Links Int’l Golf Club for the use of the course and to the chef for cooking the sumptuous Filipino food lunch.
Donald Lopez, founding president of Filoz and responsible for starting the Philippine Independence Day Cup in 1996 was acknowledged along with Glenn Tahimic, the Rules and Tabulation committee head for many years. Buddy Zabat was also cited for negotiating the availability of the course.
Appreciation were extended to Mike Garcia, former PAL Sydney Manager for initiating the prize of return airfares to Manila and for his role in paving the way for golfers from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to participate in the annual PAL Interclub Golf tournament in the Philippines.
ConGen Louis presided over cutting of the cake for the 20th anniversary of the Kalayaan Cup, assisted by yours truly, Ian Robinson, Mike Garcia and Mr. Lopez.
Major sponsors were LBC, AICL/AIH Education, Megaworld and R.O. Biala Pty Ltd. Aside from financial assistance AIH Higher Education supplied 20 umbrellas. Toti Umali donated cash to subsidise cost of trophies for the lady winners.
Other sponsors were Viva Travel Action, Pabico Fast Food, Sizzling Fillo, Fiesta Blacktown, Merit Awards trophies and Bhajune Hair & Makeup.