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November 29, 2013

The Most Prestigious Amateur Golf Tournament in the World

Golfing in the City of Pines, surrounded by the scent of pine trees and fresh air, is an activity I would never get tired of. As such, we at Camp John Hay endeavor to share this gift to as many golfers as we can. This is why we welcomed, as we always have, the opportunity to co-host this year’s Fil-Am Invitational Golf Tournament. We are doing so with the help of the Baguio Country Club (BCC) and our main sponsor San Miguel Corporation. It is now on its 64th year and is continuing as I write this post. It is slated to end next week on the 7th of December.

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The Fil-Am Invitational Golf Event is the biggest, most popular, and prestigious amateur golf tournament in the world. It was originally envisioned in 1949 by Filipino actor and senator Rogelio dela Rosa and then-United States Army Commander of Camp John Hay Archie Black. It was created to foster friendly competitions among Filipinos and the visiting American military forces that come up to Baguio to relax.

From there, it grew to what it is today: on it’s 64th anniversary with more than 1,200 golfers from the Asia Pacific Rim, the United States, Canada and other countries who compete in friendly competition for 4 days of great golf. In 2004, during the event’s 55th year, it introduced the senior’s side, which is open to men 55 years and older.

Today, the 64th Fil-Am committee, headed by interim Camp John Hay Golf Club General Manager Heinrich Maulbecker and BCC Resident Manager Shin Paul Chan, has worked with the various committees for the staging of yet another successful Fil-Am Invitational golf event.

It is with great pride that I note that this sports gathering afforded us the opportunity to open up new networks between new friends and acquaintances from the different corners of the globe. Much of the discussions over a meal or a beverage went far beyond just ordinary ‘shop talk’ into topics that provided insights into ‘who’ and ‘what we are’.

Even as the event continues, I would like to credit our Honorable Mayor Mauricio Domogan and the City of Baguio who have continued to support this great event for so many years. It has truly contributed to ‘Sports Tourism’ in Baguio City with direct and indirect benefits particularly in the area of tourism and many other opportunities.

 

 

Photo credit: Golf Academy – Truro and Penwith College

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