By Cris Maralit
BALTIMORE, Md. Long-hitting Lindley Hora tamed the Oakmont Green golf course with an impressive five-over par 77 to capture top overall honors in the fifth annual First Act, Inc. golf tournament last July 23.
Hora, who carried an 11-handicap while playing regularly at the Filipino American Golf Association league, negotiated the par-72 Oakmont layout in 38-39 to clinch the men’s division championship and lowest scoring honors.
He strung together three consecutive pars to open his round, bogeyed the next two holes, but charged back with four more successive pars outward at two-over 38. He then punctuated his back nine with three more pars on the 10th, 13th and 15th holes and a birdie on the 16th for an inward 39. That eventually translated into a net 70 under the Callaway handicap scoring format used for the tournament.
Under the Callaway handicap scoring format, a one-time handicap is applied based actually upon a player’s score for the event, and when most of the competitors do not have established handicaps. The “adjusted gross” is calculated by applying the double-par control to all holes.
The “adjusted gross” is then applied to a pre-established table to determine the Callaway handicap entitlement. The worst holes on the score then identified to determine the Callaway handicap that will eventually determine the net score for the round.
First runner-up was Steve Romanoff, who had a net 71 from his round of 91 (48-43). Julius Brigoli, Mike Anderson and Toan Tran completed the top five finishers as they came through with identical net 73s. Brigoli got the upper hand for his better aggregate on the lower handicap holes.
Ed Reyes stamped his class in the seniors’ division with a net 70 from his day’s second-best 81 for his first-place win. The smooth-swinging Reyes played true to form and breezed through his round with ease despite the sweltering midday sun. He had a three-over par 39 going out with pars on the first, second, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh holes. Another couple of pars on the 10th and 11th holes somehow cushioned his string of bogeys going in with a 42.
Kenneth Dolores, another FAGA mainstay, finished first runner-up with a net 71 from his round of 87. He had nines of 45-42 for his round.
Brothers Renie and Rudy Manalo, who came all the way from New Jersey and Virginia, finished second and third runner-up, respectively, with identical net 73s. German Silverio captured the fourth runner-up trophy with his net 74.
It was, however, an all-American sweep for the group of Barb Solberg, Joyce Todd, Karen Brown and Kathy Thacker as they captured the top four places in the women’s division. Solberg, who also won the women’s longest drive award, had a net 71 from her round of 92. Todd had a net 72, while Brown and Thacker finished with net 76 and 78, respectively.
Sunny Padgette prevented a complete sweep by the Americans by winning the nearest to the pin award.
Other special awards winners were Almar Garcia, men’s longest drive; Brigoli, men’s nearest to the pin; Jun Reyes, seniors longest drive; and Jun Jovellanos, seniors closest to the pin.
Meanwhile, special plaques of recognition for their continuous support and active efforts to help promote the tournament and invite participants were awarded to FAGA, Ronnie Soriano, Joey de Grano, Rudy Manalo, Renie Manalo and Upper Chesapeake Golf Association.
The rest of the men’s field included Eric Consuegra, Brian Hunter, Jim Padgette, Erwin Lacanienta, Albert Manalo, Jan Andrei Dujale, Henry Moguet, Gary Santois, Willard Riparip, Bong Lorenzana, Boni Olay, Chau Tran, Nick Kahn, Anthony Hernandez, Robert Balagot, Dennis Lujan, Gilbert Reyes, Renie Coballes, Dick Marcelino, Rolly Escobar, Jessie Dagdag and Ray McCoy.
The other senior players in the field were Soriano, De Grano, Ted Paglinauan, Ed Beltran, Ed Singca, Gil Verzosa, Osmar Radam, Andy Dujale, Ed Abeya, Joe Nepomuceno and Rolly Alegado.
It was a slightly breezy morning that offered ideal scoring condition when the 51-man field teed off in a shotgun start at 7:30 AM. The round progressed, however, under sweltering heat and players had to continually rehydrate to keep their game going.
The tournament, now on its fifth straight year, is for the benefit of First Act’s program in the visual and performing arts for Filipino-American youth in Baltimore, as well as the Wounded Warrior Project, Inc.