6th Philippine Maritime Golf Tournament draws more than 70 enthusiasts

PISA chairman and president Carlo Leonio awarding the lowest gross, overall champion to former Commissioner Ralph Lantion.
PISA chairman and president Carlo Leonio awarding the lowest gross, overall champion to former Commissioner Ralph Lantion.

More than 70 players from different member sectors of the Philippine Inter-island Shipping Association (PISA), their business partners and associates, friends and supporters in the maritime industry and government participated at the recent 6th Philippine Maritime Golf Tournament held at the Santa Elena Golf Course in Sta. Rosa, Laguna., south of Manila

The tournament was opened with a ceremonial tee-off by Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) general manager Atty. Juan Sta. Ana and PISA president Carlo Leonio. Leonio of Petrolift later led the awarding ceremonies.

Other special guests were former Supreme Court Justice and ex-Comelec chairman Justice Jose Melo, former Transport Undersecretary and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board chairman Tom Lantion, and former Commissioner Ralph Lantion.

Major sponsors were Lexus, Manila North Harbor Port, Inc and Petrolift Classed Carriers Inc.

The hole-in-one prize worth more than P2 million was a CT 200h Lexus, which unfortunately no one won.

Prizes raffled off included 32-inch LCD TVs, cellular phones from Smart, Pioneer Home Theater systems, overnight accommodations courtesy of Manila Diamond Hotel, golf bags and golf balls, portable DVDs, and other home appliances.

Declared overall tournament champion was Ralph Lantion who garnered the lowest gross of 74 while first runner-up was Boy Leonio with the second lowest gross of 78.

Jimbo Iñigo of Petrolift scored a net 71 and won by 10 pars to break a three-way tie to clinch the Class A division championship honors over Epie Espaldon, who won by 7 pars and Jovy Cadungog who won by 8 bogeys as first and second runners-up, respectively.

Other division champions were Justice Melo, with a net 72 in Class B, Raymond Silvestre of International Container Terminal Services, Inc (ICTSI) scored a net 73 and won by 3 pars to break the tie with Rick Araneta of Maincoat to win as first and second runners-up, respectively. Vince Medina of Chevron with a net 76 was the Class C champion, Rommel Ibuna of Philharbor scored a net 78 and won by 7 bogeys to break the tie with Peter Co of Petrolift with 6 bogeys to win as first and second runners-up, respectively.

Class D Ladies Division was won by Harbor Star players led by Maricar Bella as champion with Virginia May Bella as first runner up.

Special awards went to Carlo Leonio for the longest drive (207 yards), Rico Cavestany of Herma Shipping for the most accurate drive (20 inches), and Jovy Cadungog for nearest to the pin (1 pin 39 inches).

Other event sponsors were: Negros Navigation-ATS Consolidated Inc, Malampaya Joint Venture, Oceanic Container Lines Inc, Solid Shipping Lines Company, Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corporation, ICTSI, Globe Telecom Inc, Asian Terminals Inc, Harbor Star Shipping Services, TURBO-NED, Business Mirror, PortCalls, NMC Container Lines, Inc, Lorenzo Shipping Corporation, Magsaysay Transport and Logistics, Sun Cruises, Moreta Shipping Lines, Inc, Herma Shipping and Transport Corp, Transbulk Carriers Corp, DelNet International, Philharbor Ferries and Port Services Inc, Keppel Philippines Marine, Pioneer Insurance and Surety Corp, American Bureau of Shipping, Det Norske Veritas, Association of International Shipping Lines, Oroport Cargo Handling, Lighterage Association of the Philippines, Fast Cargo, Hapag Lloyd, PLDT-SME, Maincoat, Asia Port, Port Limit Shipping Agency, Juton, PETRON, Uni-ship, Inter-island Deep Sea Fishing Association, Porttaloy, Jason Electronics, Orient Register Inc, Tugmaster, and Star Terminal.