Gilbert Cabataña of LF Logistics bagged the coveted Golfer of the Year Award in the Business in Golf Tournament 2016 played last Friday at Alta Vista Golf and Country Club in Pardo, Cebu City.
Cabataña won the award, which was at stake for all company representatives or alternates to the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), who participated in the 18-hole tournament.
The overall lowest gross honors went to Avelino ‘Jun’ Zambo, Jr. with 74 strokes while lowest net honors went to Mark Warren Go with 44 points in the Modified Stableford Scoring System.
The tournament used a new format this year. It remained a four-man team event, but instead of four individual scores being added up for the team total, each team was divided into two best-ball pairs.
Cabataña scored a total of 38 points in the tournament with nines of 21 and 17 edging tournament chairman and Vanex Trading player Nimrod Quiñones, the representative of PSIS-7, in the countback.
Zambo also won via countback by besting Harvey Sytiongsa, Alex Yeo and Gerry Catindoy, who also submitted scores of two-over-par 74. Zambo won by virtue of having the best score in the back nine.
Go also edged Ed Franco of RC Goldline in the countback for the lowest net honors by virtue of a higher score on the back nine.
Black Pearl Security Agency was declared champion of the team event after a re-computation of the best-ball scores. The team scored a total of 95 points and edged Castalloy Technology in the tie breaker.
Black Pearl was composed of the tandems of Baltaire Balangauan and Ted Almario, who combined for 46 points, and that of Olin Seno and Clifford Gaite with 49 points. They edged Castalloy in the tie breaker by virtue of having a better best-ball score for the last six holes of the second pair.
Castalloy was composed of Archie Villa and Ferdie Chua with 46 and Jude Demiar and Tommy Ngo with 49 points and finished as runner-up.
Second runner-up was Green and Grow with 94 points edging Fast Cargo and Hive in the countback.
Green and Grow was composed of the pairs of Rey Sanchez and Glenn Siao with 45 and Mar Selma and Hermes Tangga-an with 49.
Fast Cargo settled for the third runner-up honors also with 94 points. It was composed of the tandems of Allan Osorio and Eugene Espidido (46) and Raul Mabanto and Allan Chiongbian (48).
The ties were broken using the following procedure, first which second team had a better score, if still tied then the better last nine score for the second team and if still tied, the better score for the last six and then the last three holes until the tie was broken.
The event offered a Hyundai Accent for an ace, but there was no hole-in-one achiever.
Melanie Ng, CCCI president and Christian Paro-an, Cebu Business Month 2016 chairman hit the ceremonial drives to officially open the event.