NZPBC and PGC Hold Historic Golf Tournament for 2016

(written by Mr. Roy Boquiron PGC’s ex-President and Director of Sir William Properties, Ltd. - NZPBC Corporate Member)

The 2016 New Zealand Philippine Business Council (NZPBC) Cup, Pinoy Golfers’ Club of Auckland Inc. (PGC)’S November tourney in association with Philippine Airlines (PAL), was another smash hit attended by almost 70 golfers of varying skills and strengths. PGC President, Donovan “The Champ” Mendoza was ecstatic with the turnout of the tournament, and this was echoed by Ms. Didi Virata, PAL’s District Sales manager. The major sponsor – NZPBC was led by the indefatigable Chairman Mr. Lito Banal with Directors Ed Viterbo, Rene Pascual and NZPBC Cup Project Director, Nick Salas.

Venue of the tournament this year was the beauteous Royal Grange Golf Club, site of more than 4 National Open Championships. The course was in stunning shape and condition. The quality of the course since it merged with Royal Auckland was short of perfection. The weather was excellent and some golfers took advantage of the nice weather and broke 80 off the stick. Ethan Daculan shoot 76 and won the Lowest Gross Score for the day. The winners of the tournament are the following:

Champion - 1st Division Men’s – Victor Cagayat – 39 stableford points. Shoot 79 off the stick.
1st Runner-Up – 1st Division Men’s – Alex David – 38 stableford points. Shoot 87 off the stick.

Champion - 2nd Division Men’s – Ronald Stephenson – 35 stableford points
1st Runner-Up – 2nd Division Men’s – Simon Walker – 34 stableford points

Champion – Ladies Division – Cynthia Boquiron – 34 stableford points
1st Runner-Up – Ladies Division – Agnes Neate – 29 stableford points

Champion – Junior Division – JB Misa – 35 stableford points (won by countback)
1st Runner-Up – Ethan Daculan – 35 stableford points

Men’s Longest Drive winner – Campbell Martin

Men’s Nearest to the Pin winner – Ian Thomson

Ladies Longest Drive winner – Cynthia Boquiron

Ladies Nearest to the Pin winner – Agnes Neate

The traditional NZPBC Cup Champion Jackets were awarded courtesy of NZPBC’s corporate member, FUNTO Sports & Apparel. These were presented to all the Champions by its Directors, Brian and Gladys Sarmiento, who have been sponsoring the exclusive traditional champion jackets in this annual major golfing event. Congratulations to Mr. Ed Viterbo of Quality Restaurant Brands, on his winning bid for the round trip ticket courtesy of Philippine Airlines. Also, thru the generosity of the participating golfers, a successful raffle was done with SCOT Trust Foundation as the beneficiary for the street children and orphans in the Philippines who were the real winners on the day. The SCOT foundation was represented by Nanette Carillo and Mike DeBoer. Funds raised on the 2016 NZPBC Cup will be donated and presented to SCOT Foundation on its Gala Dinner on the 25th Nov at Grasshopper Restaurant at Stamford Plaza, Auckland.

NZPBC would like to acknowledge, first its corporate members – Edith Carpenter of Planet Earth Travel, a very strong New Zealand partner and agent of PAL, Boracay Garden Restaurant, NZ Home Loans Massey, Integral Consulting, WAFSA and also with their representatives present - Lito Banal from Kiwi Roofing, Ed Viterbo from Quality Restaurant Brands, Mitzi Hansen from Bayleys St. Heliers, Lorna Abbott from Sensient Technologies, and Joel Montarde from JM Foods. Media partner for the event is Filipino Migrant News. Also to companies and colleagues who have been supporting this annual event - Ampelite NZ, and the support and participation of Nick Salas of Placemakers Helensville, Iain Thomson of Formans Insulation, and Patrick Fraser of Carters Glenfield. As quoted by NZPBC’s Chairman Lito Banal, "I am quite pleased the way PGC had organized this major annual golfing event, it is just getting better every year. I am really happy with the big following and turnout from the PGC Members and NZPBC golfers with their friends and guests and aside from our sponsors, the constant participation of companies and newcomers alike - to name a few - Naylor Love Construction, Kvella Water, IM Power, Sir William Properties, DATACOM, SKIDS, Ardex NZ, Meadowbank Physiotherapist, etc. The synergy between PGC and NZPBC is working extremely well as both organisations mutually benefit from this relationship. Thank you Pres. Donjie and the rest of the PGC officers, as always, such a dynamic team to work with." PGC’S leadership team – Pres. Donovan Mendoza, VP – Jay Aranas, Treasurer - Cynthia Boquiron and Secretary – Jay Lansi would like to thank NZPBC led by Chairman Lito Banal for their unstinting support to promote the sports of golf amongst the Filipinos and their guests in Auckland.

PGC’s December tournament will be held at the Redwood Park Golf Club on the 18th of December 2016.

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