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Raffle Prizes

Almost every week, there are golf tournaments that the Pinoy Golfer could join and compete, most especially in the military golf courses in Metro Manila. In my experience of more than one year assignment in Camp Aguinaldo (seat of the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Phlipines), the Camp Aguinaldo Golf Course caters to at least 35 Golf Clubs whose members are being spread out from the different professionals, businessmen, doctors, politicians, actors, active & retired military personnel, and other groups of individuals. Most of these Golf Clubs conduct monthly tournaments.

The centerpoint of these tournaments are the raffle prizes that the lucky Pinoy Golfer/s could bring home to make his wife happy as these raffles prizes serve as “gifts” to the woman in the house. These tournaments have a corresponding ticket which amounts to two thousand to two thousand five hundred pesos per piece (P2,000-P2,500). In each ticket, it has a stub for the raffle prizes, a stub for the green fee & caddy fee, and a stub for the snacks & meals at designated snack bars along the golf course. The most important stub in one’s ticket is the raffle prize. The Pinoy Golfer would personally place his stub at the raffle bin/”tambiolo” just to be sure that he is included in the raffle.

I know of so many golfers who have completed their house appliances in their homes, from electric fans to flat irons to refrigirators and TV and air-conditoners. Most of the time for an ordinary tournament, the major prizes would be a 20-inch TV, a 10-cubic inch refrigirator, or an air-con unit (1.5 HP). Sometimes, there are also some minor prizes. In bigger and more prestigious tournaments supported and financed by well-known corporate sponsors, the prize for the “Hole-In-One”, if not taken by a lucky golfer who makes a “hole-in-one” in a designated hole, becomes a Raffle Prize! Most of the prizes in this category are brand-new cars!

I know of so many Pinoy Golfers who would join golf tournaments with the sole purpose of hoping to bring home one of the major raffle prizes.

I will never forget my experiences in so many tournaments where so many times I won Hair Dryer/Blower. It was really funny to be bringing home such items which I can not use because I am bald.

The truth is, raffle prizes in tournaments, is becoming the reason of a golfer-husband to have a valid reason to be out of the house during weekends and free from the guarding eyes of the wife. With a cheap stand electric fan or a flat iron or an oven toaster brought home by the husband could be a satisfaction from the eyes of the wife that her husband really participated in a tournament, it could be otherwise, as the husband could have bought the said item in one of the appliance stores and “wandered around” in other places except at the golf course.

But this “raffle prize” thing is no longer effective “alibi” for the golfer-husband to be away from the wife. My golf friend made a mistake on this. He did not know that his wife removed the Sand Wedge from his Golf Bag before he left for the golf tournament. When my friend returned home with an Oven Toaster as the item he won in the “golf tournament”, the wife asked him how many times did his ball landed on the Sand Trap. Of course, my friend proudly said that he almost landed in all the Sand Traps in the golf course but he luckily managed to bring his ball to the green and was able to save more strokes on his score. Well, my friend was immediately attacked by his wife with his Sand Wedge on her hands.

Moral lesson of the story? Play a legitimate golf tournament and hope to win a raffle prize and never use the tournament as an “alibi”. Be sure to physically check the contents of your golf bag and see if one of your golf clubs is missing.

More golf tournaments to join means more home appliances for the house…and the other houses.

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This is Hole # 5, Par 4 with the Parade Ground of the Philippine Army as “Out of Bounds” (OB) and on the right from the tee-off is the famous Philippine Army Wall Mural where the history of the Philippine Army is depicted on a cement wall.

This is Hole # 1, Par 4 with the left over the fence as “Out of Bounds” (OB) and the right as one-stroke penalty if the ball lands at the driving range (right side) and passing over the trees. There is a lake at a distance of 185 yards from the tee-off area. 

This is Hole # 8, Par 3 with the left side over the fence as “Out of Bounds”. The hole has two small lakes before the green. This is the “signature” hole of the Philippine Army Executive Golf Course.

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In my early years of playing golf, my officer’s rank then was a Major. I can still remember that my classmate, Ernie B, would call me through our landline phone at Headquarters Philippine Army and invite me for a game of golf during Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, being considered as our Athletic and Physical Fitness time/period for all the Officers and Enlisted personnel. Most of the time, our assembly time was 12:00 Noon and we would take a simple lunch at the Clubhouse and we should be driving our first ball at Hole No. 1 before 1:00 PM.

In a group of four players, it is called “four-some”. During these athletic periods, the management of the old Fort Bonifacio Golf and Country Club would strickly impose “four-some” in every “golf flight”. “Golf Flight” means a group of golfers (at least “four-some”) that go together and tee-off on a scheduled time.

My “golf flight” always consists of my friend Ernie B, Jun E, Ebbie P, and myself. Ernie B and Jun E are my classmates in the Philippine Military Academy while Ebbie P is a civilian businessman who is a very close friend of Ernie E. Ebbie P is a handicap 12 golf player when we started playing golf in the early 1990s. The membership of this golf flight was a permanent and we go from one golf course to another during weekends in the military camps and sometimes to golf courses outside Metro Manila.

It was almost 4-5 years that we played golf together and became closer to one another. My golfmates were good in golf, very good in telling golf jokes, and good in talking to the lady caddies and umbrella girls. They were all cigarette smokers! They fart when you are putting on the green. And worse was, they always beat me and I had to lose some money to them.

I could still remember the “always repeated three questions” Ernie B would asked to the lady caddies and umbrella girls whenever we play golf—(1) Who was the former seminarian/priest among us who opted to leave the church? (2) Who was still single among us? and (3) Who was the “playboy” and could easily attract ladies among the four of us? Because I have a flat stomach, very silent but with a smiling face (?), didn’t get angry when I had “bad shots”; and wearing colorful golf shirts; almost always, the lady caddies and umbrella girls always point their fingers to me!!!The caddies and the umbrella girls were all wrong in their answers.

Today, we seldom play in a “golf flight” the way we used to play when we were still with the rank of Majors in the Philippine Army. Ernie B just retired from the active military service last 15 February this year as the Commander of the 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army based in Davao City. Jun E is the present Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines whose retirement was extended up to 09 May 2008. Ebbie P is still playing golf but his business had been delegated to his children. As for me, I will be retiring on my 56th Birthday on 17 May 2008.

Soon, this “golf flight” will be revived again and I am sure those lady caddies and umbrella girls will point their fingers at me again once Ernie B will ask those three questions. I am sure also that these guys will not completely bring home my bet/money. This time will be a “payback time”!  

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This was one of the first few memorable experiences I had when I started to play golf at the golf course. Yes, I hit my caddy with my golf ball at the golf course! It was an embarrassing experience but It was also a learning experience on my part and with golf caddies.

If I can remember right, it was my third time to play golf in a golf course with my classmate/friend, Ernie B and with a civilian male friend who runs a business in Metro Manila. We were playing at the Philippine Navy Golf Course in February (birth month of Ernie B) of 1990. We were at the fairway of Hole #2 and I was hitting my second shot after a nice drive at the center of the fairway. I was using a 4-Iron club for me to be able to bring the ball over a water drainage canal and hopefully praying that my ball will land on the slope before the green. My caddy was about 50 yards away (infront) from me of about 30 degrees on my right side, if I am facing the green. To my surprise, I hit my ball with a “shank” shot and the ball went directly to my caddy! My golf ball hit the upper chest of my caddy and he slowly dropped with his face down to the ground!

I was shocked seeing my caddy hitting the ground and I ran towards him. The other caddies ran also towards him and he was conscious but he was complaining of the pain. We stopped the game and I brought my caddy immediately to the Fort Bonifacio Hospital. I personally supervised his medical check-up and X-ray and I was glad that no bones had been damaged and his breathing and blood pressure were normal. There was a purple-black color on his chest where the ball hit his body. The doctor at the hospital gave him antibiotic & anti-inflammatory tablets. I also gave my caddy additional money for his medication; 500 pesos; and his caddy fee. From the hospital, I brought back the caddy to the Golf Course.

Since then, my friend Ernie B and the rest of my golfmates would tease me and give me the news that my caddy died because of my “shank” ball. Anyway, this unfortunate experience forced me to spend more time at the driving range after office hours up to closing time. Since then, I haven’t experienced any “shanks” in my golf shots!

My caddy at the Philippine Navy Golf Course is still an active caddy at the same golf course and he smiles at me whenever he sees me. My golf buddies no longer remind me about this unfortunate incident.

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Latest Golf Set

I can consider golf as a rich-man’s & old-man’s game where the player is considered to have the resources to use or spend. The golf set being used by the Pinoy Golfer is also one of the center of discussions and talk among golfers in the golf course or at the Clubhouse. If you have the latest model of a certain brand, you are the “best” golfer in the group. You are also the object of envy from the golfers.

Pinoy Golfer has the tendency to buy the Golf Set of the Champion of the Masters Golf, US Open Golf or any PGA Golf Tournament because he believes that the technology of the Golf Set had greatly contributed to his winning the tournament, not knowing that the golf set was professionally “fitted” to the player and spent hundreds of hours with them in the driving range and in the golf course. However, he can still brag to his golfmates that his new golf set is the golf set of a certain professional golfer as the Champion of one of the PGA Championships lately. The more that he will brag on his new Golf Set if it is featured in one of the glossy Golf Magazines as recommended by experts or professional players.

Because of the presence of “copycats” from China, don’t fall the trap of buying these golf sets as it would be a waste of money and you will just lower your status with your golfmates. Golfers would appreciate the latest golf sets bought from the United States of America from your Driver up to your Putter and Golf Bag.

So, if you want to gain respect from your golfmates, you can buy an affordable second-hand golf set which is 1-2 years old and fiitted to your physical built and style of swing. Such golf sets are still new. To be safe, get the Callaway brand from the Driver to its Putter. Lastly, “groove” your swing with your golf set at the driving range and spend so much hour hitting balls with the assistance of a “professional/pro” before using it on the golf course.

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