THE 14th Canlubang Amateur Open next week will double as the qualifying rounds for the Philippine Amateur Match Play championship.
Reigning men’s and boy’s national champion Rupert Zaragosa is one of the early entrants in the 54-hole event teeing off Oct. 9 at the South course of the sprawling golf complex in Laguna.
The tie-up with the National Golf Association of the Philippines increases the prestige of the Cangolf Am, which has been won by some of the country’s brightest stars such as Juvic Pagunsan an Jhonnel Ababa.
Only the top 16 men and eight women advance to the match play stage set a week later.
Entries are still being accepted. All divisions, save for the Open where Zaragosa will be playing, will use the handicap system of scoring.
Only handicap indices coming from the NGAP and the Unified National Handicapping System for the month of September will be accepted. Inquiries can be coursed through (02) 8976887, (049) 5491363 or through Canlubang firstname.lastname@example.org
The event, as well as the match play championship presented by Petron that will be played for three days starting Oct. 14, is being presented by the MVP Sports Foundation as part of the PLDT Amateur Golf Tour.
Zaragosa was second to Korean expat Kim In-jae by three strokes last year when it was played at the tree-lined North layout, with another former Cangolf Sugar Baron in the PAL Interclub, Joey Huerva, winding up third.