Eric, Norman are Fil-Taga’s November ‘turkey’ winners


Eric Mandell and Norman Tenorio went home with a turkey each last Sunday, Nov. 15, but more importantly earned the Fil-Taga November Ace of the Month in the A and B divisions after the golf association’s monthly tournament at the Marianas Country Club.

Mandell actually finished second behind Greg Castro for the A Division’s November Ace and Turkey Shoo, but he booked a spot on Fil-Taga’s yearend tournament since the latter already secured a berth.

A birdie at the par-5 No. 3 hole gave Mandell a 1-under 35 at the front but he slowed down at the back with a 2-over 38 for a gross score of 73.

Mandell—whose bogeys in No. 11, 13, and 16, spoiled a birdie in the par-4 17—finished with a 4-under 68 net thanks to his five handicap.

Castro, who has a 13 handicap, was one stroke up with a 5-under 67 net and a gross score of 80 built on rounds of 41 and 39.

Castro was the lowest net score winner in the A Division after that 67 to bag the $100 cash prize and a turkey in time for Thanksgiving Day next Thursday, Nov. 26. Mandell also received a turkey for his effort.

Tenorio won the November B Division Ace of the Month after a net score of 6-under 66. He had rounds of 44 for an 88 gross but his 22 handicap gave him that 66 to also receive $100 cash prize and a turkey.

Tony Cabrera also got a turkey following a runner-up finish behind Tenorio after a 2-under 70. He finished with a 92 gross after a pair of 46s but ended up with that 70 based on his 22 handicap.

Palik Thomson led the list of the par-3 winners in No. 6, while Adony Matutino, Lito Mendoza, and Cabrera equaled his feat in No. 8, 12, and 16, respectively. They also went home with $100 and a turkey each.

Larry Pascual shot nearest to the fairway flag in No. 7, while Bae Hak Chon was the winner with the accurate drive in No. 14. Jacinto Ramones had the longest drive at the 517-yard No. 15 and Paul Bea was the surprise winner.

They all receive gift certificates from Marianas Country Club.

Vic Roman and Randy Tudela (A and B, January); Jhun Ortiz and Raffy Piamonte (A and B, February); Ernie Lopez (March); Bea (April); Pascual and Dandito Breboneria (A and B, May); William Retardo (June); Freddie Cataluna and Ruben Avendano (A and B, July); Greg Castro (August); Nestor Siruelo (September) and Rene Batallones (October) have also earned berths to the Fil-Taga Ace of the Year.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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