Fil-Taga Golfers Association pioneer Mike Cruz showed everyone how it’s done after topping the club’s 2021 Turkey Shootout last Nov. 20 at the Kingfisher Golf Links in Talafofo.
The 72-year-old owner of NorthPac Construction shot a net score of 73 to win the $100 cash prize plus the cooked ham set that came along with it.
Coming in second was Ed Varias, who was two shots off Cruz’s pace with a net 75 and settled for the $50 runner-up purse, while Freddie Cataluna, last year’s winner with a net 68, completed the Top 3 with his net 76 and went home with a cooked ham set. Varias incidentally also won the November Ace of Fil-Taga since Cruz already won last September.
Dan Ganacias (net 76), Bert Suda (net 76), Henry Bautista (net 77), Will Maui (net 77), Ronnie Santos (net 82), and Ruben Avendano (85) also took home either a cooked ham set or cooked turkey set.
In the par 3 competition, Varias, Cataluna, and Ganacias took the win.
Cruz, who first fell in love with the sport in 1988, said he didn’t really do anything extraordinary during the Turkey Shoot and he just got lucky that the rest of the field had a bad day swinging the club.
The Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija in the Philippines native said he was actually surprised to take the victory in the Thanksgiving tournament.
One of the original founders of the club that was established in 1993 thanked Fil-Taga officials and tourney organizers for holding the competition.
Fil-Taga would also like to thank members Tony Cabrera and Jess Yumul for the additional ham and turkey sets that were used as prizes for the 2021 Turkey Shoot. Fil-Taga’s December Ace is set on Dec. 18 at a still undetermined venue.