Young Zamboangueña Ashia Nocum tee off in prestigious Putra Cup in Brunei with RP Junior Golf Team PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00

For a poor country that is not known and respected for being a world power, a military might, a manufacturer of cars, mobile phones, airplanes or even appliances, it seems that the field of sports is the one of the bright spots that can bring recognition, honor and pride to Filipinos. Only in sports like boxing, chess, bowling and golf we can stand shoulder to shoulder with richer and bigger countries.

And Pep Talk is beaming with pride that the 14 year old, Ashia Marie Nocum, is off again to bring honor to our country (she played already in the US Golf). Together with the RP Junior Gold Team, they are aiming for the top titles of the Putra Cup, Southeast Asia’s most prestigious golf tournament.

It will be the first time that Ashia will be competing alone abroad.Her parents, Armand and Ann Nocum, were having anxiety last Saturday when they send her off at the airport (the Nocum, who are from Manicahan, Zamboanga City, is now based in Manila).  But they got assurance from the National Golf Association of the Philippines (NGAP) officials to take good care of Ashia well.

Here’s a background on the Putra Cup:

“The Putra Cup (South East Asian Amateur Golf Team Championship) is an international golf championship for amateur teams in Southeast Asia . The organization is now in the hands of the Asean Golf Federation (AGF).

“When Malaysia became independent in 1957, golf became increasingly promoted, among others by Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj , their first prime minister, who also played golf. He donated the Putra Cup.

“The first edition took place in 1961 Participating country teams were then BurmaHong KongIndonesiaMalaysia ,SingaporeThailand and Vietnam . Host was the Royal Selangor Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur . Was at the same club a year later the first Malaysian Open played in 1963 and was the club's designation Royal.

“The tournament continues to play in any other country. In 1989, nine countries participated in 2009, eight (Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) and in 2010 twelve countries (Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar).

“Each team consists of four players, there are four balls, foursomes and singles play. Of each component count the best three of four scores.

“The counterpart to the women the Santi Cup , it exists since 2009, is also a youth tournament (under 18 years), the Lion City Cup, which started in 2004.”

Let’s pray for the winning success of our junior golf team as well for their safety in the 4-day tournament game.

"Save us, we pray, O LORD!O LORD, we pray, give us success!" Psalm 118:25 (ESV)

By: Dante Corteza