Sunday, September 13, 2009

14th Philippine International Golf Show

Thousands of golf aficionados trooped to the SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia last September 4-6, 2009 for the three-day exhibit of the world’s biggest brands at the 14th Philippine International Golf Show. The event was made possible by the efforts of Butch Halaguena and Raymund Atendido—both from the Golf Distributors Association of The Philippines (GDAP).

Local distributors of the major brands such as Adam’s Golf, Callaway Golf, Dunlop, Maruman, Mizuno, Nike Golf, PING, Tourstage, Titleist and Wilson have banded together to guarantee the usual price slashdowns that visitors look forward to on top of interesting side-events.

Jungolfers Philippe Winsett-Palanca and Clare Amelia Legaspi were recognized for their achievements during the opening ceremonies where DOTC Secretary and National Golf Association of the Philippines president Leandro Mendoza was the guest of honor.

Palanca won the US Kids Golf European Championship in Scotland last June while Legaspi recently won the 2009 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships in Florida and the US Kids World Championships in North California.

A Kia Urban Crossover worth P1.1 million was at stake as a prize for the highlights event called the hole-in-one competition. The competition was held in a 150-yard par 3 using one of the most accurate and realistic Golf Simulators in the world today, courtesy of Urban Golf. Urban Golf and Kia tied up for a special contest at Spyglass at Pebble Beach.

Players landing closest to the pin during the qualifying round on the first two days and until 5 p.m. of Day 3 advanced to the final round on the last day at 7 p.m. The first to make a hole-in-one during the qualifying round won a business class ticket to the US courtesy of Delta and Northwest Airlines.

Leading the roster of exhibitors were GDAP members Acro Industrial Development & Construction Corp., Aetna Enterprises, Besa’s Shoes Inc., Electrobus Consolidated Inc., Gainer’s Marketing Corp., GolfPro International Ltd., Great Depot, Kart Plaza, Master Sports Corp., Pacsports Phils. Inc., Raymundo’s Trophies & Sculptures, RMA Trading, Transview Golf Philippines Inc., WS Sports Inc. and YAMAHA Golf Car.

Other exhibitors were Asiatraders Corp., Ayala Land Sales Inc., Belle Corporation, Canyon Woods, Days Hotel, Dynamic Sports Corp., Federal Land, Inc., GG & A Clubshares Brokers, Inc., Golf King, Golf PH, HealthMate Innovations, Inc., Igri Clark Industry, Madison Retailers, Inc., Medasia Philippines, Inc., MEERA Enterprises, New Smart Formulae Trading Corp., One Tiger Trading, Pagcor, Pauline’s Group Inc., Philippine Tourism Authority, Rafer Group Inc., Rudy Project Phils, Serendra Inc., SMX, Sports, Entertainment, Events Management Inc. (SEEMI), Sta. Lucia Land, Inc., Sun Valley Golf & Development Inc., The Art of Golf, Thunderbird Resorts and Urban Golf Makati.

Show hours were from 10am to 8m. Admission to the show was free. Also, 3 seminar topics were discussed on September 5 between 1-4 p.m. Resource speakers were Mr. Chong Ken Foo and Mr. Jun Cedo.

The Beaufort (Filinvest Development Corp.) supported the event as a silver sponsor. Hole-in-one sponsors were Columbian Autocar Corporation, Delta, Northwest Airlines and Urban Golf Makati and SkyTeam.

Media partners were A Round of Golf, Business World, Inquirer Golf, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Jam 88.3, Wave 89.1, Magic 89.9, 99.5 RT, Max 103.5 and 105.1 Crossover. Registration Systems Provider was BCS Systems and Technologies Inc., Event Manager was Fairs and More and Official Caterer was Italiannis.

The Golf Distributors Association of the Philippines may be reached thru (632) 372-3935 loc. 105, fax (632) 372-4374 or (632) 373-4153, or e-mail


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