By NIMROD NL QUIÑONES
“Swing your golf clubs and spread the word of God.”
This is the primary goal of the 1st Shepherd’s Cup golf tournament, which tees off Friday at the rolling par-72 layout of Alta Vista Golf and Country Club in Pardo, Cebu City.
The tournament is open to both members and non-members of the club with an entry fee of Php 3,000. This is a joint project of the Word Broadcasting Corp. and the Archdiocese of Cebu.
No less than Archbishop Jose Palma has been invited by the main organizer, Fr. Bobby Ebisa, to hit the ceremonial drive.
There will be trophies for the top three finishers of Classes A, B, C, and the ladies division and also the players with the overall lowest gross, lowest net, and the champions of the seniors (55 to 69 years old) and the super seniors (70 above) divisions.
The System-36 handicapping format will be used.
In this format, each player starts the round with a handicap of 36 strokes. As each hole is played, the player earns corresponding points for his or her score. A par or better is worth two points, bogey is one, and zero for double-bogey or worse. The total points earned will be deducted from the original handicap of 36 to determine the player’s system-36 handicap for the round.
There will also be prizes for nearest to the pin on hole No. 6 and the most accurate drive on No. 11.
A Hyundai i10 is put on the line for a hole-in-one on No. 8 and No. 15. In case more than one player scores and ace, the prize will have to be equally shared.
Major backers of the tournament are University of San Carlos, Hyundai, Duros Development Corp., and International Pharmaceuticals Inc.
The proceeds of the event will be for the benefit of the radio programs of the Archdiocese of Cebu aired over dyRF.
The awards dinner and ceremony will be held at the Alta Vista ballroom at 6 p.m. of the tournament day.
The ticket also covers the golf cart. Players will only be paying for their caddy and insurance at the registration counter of the club.