Southwoods Invitational set for grand return

Published March 13, 2022, 3:24 PM

by Manila Bulletin Sports

The Southwoods Invitational braces for a grand return in new normal after a two-year hiatus due to pandemic with a maximum number of 400 players all-geared up for action and reunion of sorts at the Masters and Legends courses in Carmona, Cavite.

Unlike in previous editions of Manila Southwoods’ flagship member-guest tournament, the March 16-19 event will be held with restrictions, including sequential tee times and maintaining the wearing of face masks and physical distancing in all four days of the event backed by The Turf Company as title sponsor.

The awards rites and major raffle program will be held via zoom at 5 p.m. on March 19. Tournament winners and sponsors will be invited to attend a photo op and lunch at 10:30 a.m. on March 26.

Backing the event are Platinum sponsors Mitsubishi Motors Phil. Corp./Alpine Motors Corp., Royal Caribbean/Baron Travel, Agrexplore Corp., Abomar Equipment Sales Corp., Sojitz Fuso Phil. Corp., Kilo International Marketing Corp. and HBW Enterprises while The Manor & The Forest Lodge at Camp John Hay and Leads Agricultural Products Corp. head the Gold backers list and Le Chef, Inc., Metro Rail Transit Dev’t. Corp., PGA Clubshares and PNOEZ are the Silver sponsors.

Making up the Bronze sponsors roster are Alpha Quality, Ayala Land Premier, BDO, Camp John Hay Golf Club, Castillo-Laman-Tan-Pantaleon-San Jose Law Offices, Club Leisure Management Corp., Escala Tagaytay Hotel, Federal Maintenance & Management, Inc., Forest Hills Golf & Country Club, G&W Clubshares, GG&A Clubshares, Hernandez Engineering Works, Hydro-Tech Irrigation, Manila Southwoods Manor, Mastech, Inc., Mit-Air, Inc., Smart Probe, Srixon, Puma and Warbird Security & Agency.

The hole-in-one sponsors are Mitsubishi Motors/Alpine Motors, Royal Caribbean/Baron Travel, Sojitz Fuso, The Turf Company (Club Car), Kart Plaza Manufacturing Corp., Gran Sportivo and Mercedes-Benz.

Theody Pascual and Garry Sales bagged the overall gross championship while Dante Maldia and Wilfredo Maldia took the net team honors when the tournament was last played in 2020.

Teams will be allocated sequential tee times with the first set at 6:36 a.m. at Legends and Masters with 100 teams to play a round each of the Jack Nicklaus-designed championship courses.

Play will be Net Stableford Points format with the best ball to be played at the Masters and the aggregate at the Legends.