200 golfers compete in ZGCC centennial anniv golf tourney PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 18 September 2011 16:59

The Zamboanga Golf and Country Club is celebrating its centennial (100 years)  anniversary with a two-day  golf tournament (September 17-18) being participated by some 200 golfers.

The theme of the celebration is “ Celebrar Cien Años de Golf”.

Zamboanga City Water District manager Chito Vasquez, president of the ZGCC, said the golf tournament is in connection with the 100-year anniversary of the golf course and country club which was officially established in year 1911 by Gen. John “Black Jack” Pershing.

Vasquez said the area was formerly a prison camp before it was converted into the golf course by the American founder and president. He said the players joining in the amateur competition come from as far as Manila, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Ilo-Ilo, Ozamis, Davao, Dipolog and ZamboangaCity.

Vasquez said two players who will make a Hole in One will be awarded with a special prize of P100,000 while the other will be awarded with a 32 inch Panasonic TV.
“But if there is nobody who will be lucky enough to make the hole in one, the Panasonic TV will be raffled during the awarding,” Vasquez said.
He said other prizes include trophies, cell phones, home theater, televisions and other valuable prizes.

Zamboangueño golfing competitors include Congressman Erbie A. Fabian, Danny Nuevo of TIEZA, contractors Eddie Catis, Faizal Hasiman, retired Air Force Col. Antonio
Yanga and others.

The golfers are divided into 48 teams with four players in each team.

Gen. Pershing was the military  Governor of  Mindanao from 1909 to 1914. The area where the golf course was established was formerly a prison camp of the American Regime. It was later was transferred to San Ramon which is now San Ramon Penal Colony.    Gen. Pershing resided at the building which is now occupied by the Bank of the Philippine Islands along Valderosa Street.

Rep. Fabian lauded the ZGCC for hosting the centennial celebration. — Allen Abastillas