At 100, ZGCC to host historical golf tourney PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 September 2011 17:07

If Zamboanga Golf and Country Club (ZGCC) is a person, it would be too old and weak already. But it’s not. In its 100th birthday, this Mindanao’s premier golf course is still very vibrant, dynamic, and as stunning as ever.

And to celebrate the centennial anniversary of its establishment, the officers and men of ZGCC will throw the grandest and biggest tournament in the history of golf in Zamboanga City, if not in the entire country.

“This tournament is in itself a historical event as we are holding it in time for the celebration of the centennial anniversary of the club,” said Mr. Leonardo Rey D. Vasquez, president of ZGCC.

Vasquez said that more than 200 golfers from different major golf clubs all over the country will converge in this City for a two-day historical sporting event, which will run from 17-18th of this month.

“We have participants from as far as the cities of Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Dumaguete, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Ozamis, and of course Zamboanga,” he revealed.
This golf tournament, according to one of the ZGCC directors Mr. Butch Blanco, is also “a very good avenue to promote tourism in Zamboanga City.” 
“This is the right time to also showcase our beautiful City and what it can offer,” he added.

In less than a month before the City’s grandest festival “Fiesta Pilar,” this is the right time where visitors especially those from outside the City can roam around and tour historical and beautiful spots in the City such as the famous Fort Pilar Shrine, Pasonanca Park, the Yakan Village, Zamboanga Barter Trade Center and many more.
A data from the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) revealed that Zamboanga golf course was founded on June 1910. A year after that, the club was formally organized with Major General John J. Pershing as its founding president.

Gen. Pershing was the concurrent governor general of then Moro Province. It was the period when the country was under the American occupation.

Though the construction of this beautiful sport facility was realized during war time, its symbolism revealed its opposite since this golf course has been a venue for fostering sportsmanship and culture of camaraderie among the golf enthusiasts. And that culture has remained and has been nurtured up to this time.

According to Blanco, aside from observing the 100th year of the club, the holding of this golf tournament dubbed as: “Celebrar Cien Años de Golf,” is to actually “foster camaraderie through sports.”

And to also build teamwork among the different clubs, he said that the format of the game will be “team play,” where team with highest points will be declared winner. The teams will be further identified by classes – A to C – according to the number of players, in accordance with the standard rules in playing golf.

As a grand sporting event, winners can also expect very attractive cash prizes. Blanco revealed that more than one million pesos are at stake in this tournament.

An 18-hole ZGCC, describes by GolPh as one of the best in Mindanao, is located in a 16-hectare lot in Calarian Village, about five kilometers from downtown Zamboanga. NSCB information describes the ZGCC’s course as having a “fine layout with winding fairways, dogleg situations, and good green planted to Tifton 228.”

It added that the bunkers of this majestic golf course have the unique pinkish sand from Sta. Cruz Island, a tourism destination famous for its powdery pink sand and beautiful corals. 

In addition, golfers playing at ZGCC can enjoy the panoramic view of the beautiful Basilan Strait, which is simply breathtaking. GolfPh added that playing in its course is a “golfing paradise.”

Among the amenities of the club are its tee houses, very comfortable locker rooms and shower facilities, club restaurant serving delicious foods, and function rooms. The location of the course is surrounded by different beach resorts such as the beach park, La Vista del Mar and Arcillas Beach Resort.

The scenic ZGCC and Zamboanga Golf and Beach Park is maintained and operated by the Philippine Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA; formerly Philippine Tourism Authority). 

The holding of “Celebrar Cien Años de Golf” is made possible by ZGCC, Pogi Boys of Davao City, TIEZA, City Government of Zamboanga, Department of Tourism, JMJ, DMCI, Universal Canning Corp., Budgetwise, Resort’s World Manila, Standard Insurance, Brent Hospital, Oishi, Philippine Airlines, Samsung, Cherry Mobile, Mr. Tony Calabria, Cong. Erbie Fabian Fabian, , Landbank of the Philippines, and Development Bank of the Philippines. 

This historical golf tournament is organized by ZGCC led by its officers: Mr. Vasquez (President), Mr. Henry Ratag (Vice President), Mr. Edward Balagapo (Secretary), Mr. Joenas Suaso (Treasurer), Mr. Joseph Dy (Auditor), and Board of Directors: Mr. Patrick Lee, Mr. Raymond Padayhag, Mr. Blanco, Mr. Romy Urian, and Mr. Noel Arquiza. (Zamboanga Golf and Country Club)