With good reviews and countless raves from Club members through the years, the 19th Belle Cup Golf Tournament has proven to be among the most talked about and much-anticipated golf events in the country.
The tournament that was held on February 20 to 23, 2019 was the biggest in Belle Cup’s history—with a total of 259 two-man teams that played during the four-day event that was held simultaneously at the Tagaytay Highlands and Midlands golf courses.
“It was unexpected, but we noticed an upsurge in the registration weeks prior to the tournament,” said Tagaytay Highlands Golf Director Rhoneil Cousart. “It has always been our mission to give them fun, camaraderie, and a nice competition.”
The annual golf event, which is organized by Belle Corporation and Tagaytay Highlands, culminated in a grand awarding ceremony—an equally fun affair where all participants, sponsors, guests, and Club officers gathered to celebrate the success of the four-day tournament, which kicked off the tournament year. Numerous golf equipment, home appliances, personal gadgets, hotel gift certificates, and Club vouchers were generously given away during another anticipated part of the event—the raffle. All participants also received door prizes.
Jack Niel So and Eddie Tan Jr. emerged as overall champions after generating a net 109 in two days, standing out among almost 600 players who joined the tournament.
The Best Gross Team Champions were Chang Myon Park and Sang Hyun Kim. Zeus Mangubat and Rupert Zaragoza topped Group 1, while Edwin ‘EJ’ Olivarez Jr and Robert Reyes ruled Group 2, and Joseph Sy and Roman Fornelosa dominated Group 3.
The Ladies Division was claimed by champions Katherine Uy and Cherie Castillo. The Sponsors’ Division, on the other hand, was clinched by Raffy Mapua and Arnel Paras.
The biggest Belle Cup Golf Tournament was made possible by its generous sponsors: main presentor, Belle Corporation through the generosity of Club Founder, Mr. Willy N. Ocier; Auto Nation Group for the Mercedes-Benz GLA worth P2.79M (a Hole-in-One prize at the Tagaytay Midlands); Mr. Edwin Gardiola and One Prime Tower, operator of Peugeot Lipa City, for providing a Peugeot 308 worth P1.59M (a Hole-In-One prize at Tagaytay Highlands Golf Course) and Turkish Airlines for flight tickets that were raffled out during the Awarding Ceremony.
The Hole sponsors were—at the Highlands Golf: The Turf Company for a golf cart; Strikeland Group for P100,000 cash prize, Pacsports for a tailor-made golf set; and J Ten for a Cobra F7 Iron Set with a Puma Golf Bag. At the Midlands Golf Hole prizes: Creative Global and Ogawa Massage Chair; the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation for giving away P100,000 worth of free bet certificates; and Mr. Daki Fonacier for providing a hole prize of P100,000.
The tournament also thanks these sponsors: Affiliates that include Pacific Online Systems Corporation, Powerball Gaming, City of Dreams Manila, and SMDC; Partners like W Group, Werdenberg, Golforce, Pacific Union Insurance Company, Bionwater International Corporation, GG&A Club Shares, J Ten,and Pacsports; Fort and Tay for sponsoring Dewars drinks and Tanduay Distillers’ Embassy Whiskey; Monster Energy Drink, Oxford Distribution for providing OKF Original Aloe Vera Drink, and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals for giving away Pocari Sweat.
Other sponsors include City of Dreams, Baron Travel, Eva Airways Corporation, and Kopi Roti for the delicious coffee buns served at the Midlands Golf Course. Raffle Prize partners were: Filhome, G&W Club Shares, GG&A Club Shares, Yamaha, Tee Sports, Bacardi, Asia Traders, Antonio’s Group of Restaurants, Chemical Alloy Corporation and USA 88; and Merisant Sweetener (Equal products). Media partners were Business Mirror and the Inquirer Golf.