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Lito Bollas takes RDV Cup 2018

BY RIC DE VERA – Lito Bollas from Oakhurst and a member of Metro Social Golf Club won the inaugural RPhotoRDV's Cup 2018 Winner_o[38833]DV Cup held on December 22, 2018 at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club to celebrate the milestone 75th birthday of this writer.

Lito Bollas scored 42 stableford points using his social handicap of 36 and ran away with the monumental trophy plus $150 cash. “I am thankful for the opportunity to play for the Platinum (Diamond) Cup of Mr. Ric de Vera’s 75th birthday. It is an honour to be the overall champion on this occasion” said a very proud Lito Bollas.

Division winners with their scores and handicaps used were: Ray Rodriguez (41/13 CB) for A; Cesar Bigornia (37/26 CB) for B and Rudy Neri (41/29) for C. These winners were awarded with trophies plus $100 cash prize each for their fantastic efforts.

Division runners up with their scores and handicaps used were: Bernie Balagtas (41/9) for A; Nep Palomo (41/23) for B and Ed Noche (39/29) for C. These runners up were awarded with trophies plus $50 cash prize each.

Feature hole winners on all holes and per division were also awarded cash prize of $5 each.

Hole sponsors were Ferdi Francisco, Arnold Villamayor, Alex del Prado, Nep Palomo, Kate Andres, Dads Morales, Ed Montero, Bob & Vangie Leones and Kalayaan, Inc.

There were 51 golfers who supported this inaugural RDV Cup golf tournament which was initially a “secret” to surprise this writer as celebrant. It was successfully organized by Bob & Vangie Leones with the help of Ed Montero, Alex del Prado & Arnold Villamayor.

The net proceeds of the tournament amounting to $300 would be donated to the Missionaries of Charity in Tondo, Manila in the Philippines.

Before the presentation of awards, Mrs. Emma de Vera, related how this writer started his passion for playing, organizing and hosting golf tournaments not only in Australia and New Zealand but also in the Philippines. She recalled that  during the early years it was only Mr. Glenn Tahimic who used to accompany this writer in in playing at the Oasis Park Hotel Golf classic. It was worth the effort. The rest is history. “Thank you very much to all the golfers, friends and associates for your support to RDV making his golfing journey enjoyable, with all the camaraderie and friendship earned over the years” she finally said.

My sincerest thanks to those who played and supported the inaugural RDV cup 2018. Special appreciation and thanks to Bobby, Vangie, Arnold, Alex and Ed Montero for successfully organizing the event. Thanks to all the hole sponsors. Finally, Congratulations to all the winners and hope you all had a blessed Christmas..