THE Junior Golf Foundation of the Philippines (JGFP), headed by former jungolf champion Oliver Gan, will continue its trailblazing ways this weekend.
For the first time in its history, the JGFP will hold the Islandwide Cup tournament in three venues on Sunday, Sept. 17 to accommodate the growing number of participants.
“We want to give everybody a chance to play. We want to be inclusive,” said Gan, who noted the growing interest in the sport since assuming the leadership of the junior golf foundation.
Gan said Grades 1 to 3 students will play at the Riviera Sports Club in Silang, Cavite, Grades 4 to 9 players will see action at Club Intramuros in Manila while Grades 10 to 12 participants will compete at the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club in General Trias, Cavite.
The JGFP attracted a total of 160 participants in the Mimosa Junior Open last weekend with more unable to join because of limited spots.
This time, Gan said the JGFP wants more players to take part, thus the decision to hold the event in three venues that will also host the JGFP Interschools Championships starting next month.
“Sunday’s tournament will serve as a warm-up event for Interschools players,” said Gan, who also served as consultant for both the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) under Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez and Games and Amusements Board (GAB) under Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra.
The Islandwide Cup will form one of the bases for the selection of players who will be sent to at least three international events this year.
Islandwide, which is one of the major backers of the JGFP, is a Philippine-based company that supplies various ingredients and additives to the food, personal care, pharmaceutical, veterinary, and feeds industries.