NZPBC Cup, a golf tournament with a cause

The annual NZPBC (New Zealand Philippines Business Council) Cup was held on 11th November 2018. There was no better way to hold this year’s NZPBC Cup than at the picturesque Howick Golf Course. It was a breezy Sunday morning with light rains when 44 players from all over Auckland gathered to compete for this year’s cup. The breeze and light rains didn’t produce what was expected but instead, it brought an intense competition heat amongst golfers.
After 18 holes, each golfer was treated with complimentary drinks and food platter to share with their mates while they talked about every shot they made during the round. This is the 19th hole where every golfer bond with each other and talk about what else --- GOLF.
NZPBC Chairman Mr. Lito Banal talked about SCOT (Street Children and Orphans Trust) Foundation while waiting for the official report for this year’s winners. Lito shared his heart-warming experience with a family SCOT Foundation supports. He personally witnessed the struggle of a child who helps his family earn extra money to feed the family and at times has to missed school because of this reason. Lito was also blown away by the generosity of the family by buying him a fizzy drink served in a plastic bag with a straw. It was not the generosity of the family that struck Lito the most but the resiliency of getting out of their way to buy a fizzy drink. NZPBC partnered PGC (Pinoy Golf Club) Auckland to support SCOT Foundation in this tournament. The fund raising in this event raised $330. With this amount, we will be able to support 17 children for a month.
The golfers who came up on top for Division 1 were Tom Edwards with a stableford score of 43 (Champion), Alex Ferrera scored 41 (1st Runner-up) and Alex David scored 40 (2nd Runner-up). The winners for Division 2 were Yong Lee with a stableford score of 43 (Champion), Anton Garrido scored 41 (1st Runner-up), and Iain Thompson scored 39(2nd Runner-up). Other winners were Gabby Lansi for lowest gross who posted a gross score of 73, Ed Viterbo (Hole no. 9) and Nick Smith (Hole no. 15) for nearest to the pin and Mike Dutton for longest drive.
Indeed it was a successful event measured by any means. The tournament produced an intense competition, a venue for camaraderie and supported a worthy cause! These were all made possible through the generosity of the tournament sponsors: Planet Earth Travel, Kiwi Roofing, Forman Building System, Konnect Fastening, Carters Glenfield, Placemakers Helensville, Quality Restaurants Group c/o Ed Viterbo, JM Butchery & Foods, Mr. Andy Lu.
PGC Auckland would like to invite everyone for the Auto Mechanics Golf Classic on 16th December at Redwood Golf Park. For registration and inquiries please contact Elmer Galang at elmergalang67@gmail.com. CP: 02102685042