PJS hosts its 42nd Golf Tournament with the Unveiling of its New Perpetual Trophy

On February 13, 2023, the Philippines-Japan Society (PJS) held its 42nd Golf Tournament at the Alabang Country Club, Muntinlupa.  With 84 players participating, it broke the record of the highest number of players achieved in 2019 which had a total of 80 players. 

The Ceremonial Tee Shot was done by former Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines, H.E. Toshinao Urabe. Afterwhich, the tournament formally started with a shot-gun start at 6:40 a.m. As in previous years, the tournament was a four-man team Scramble (Best Ball) honesty game. After a fun and interesting game, Team 11 emerged victorious. Its members Emmanuel Barcelon, Fernandel Evangelista, Shinji Kudo, and Noel Ramirez garnered a score of 70. Minus the handicap of 20.9, they got a total score of 49.1. 

With a gross score of 68, a handicap of 16.6, and a net score of 51.4, Team 12 with its members Keiichi Matsunaga, Atsushi Okubo, Takahiro Machiba, and Edwin Umali takes the 1st runner up place. And coming in as the 2nd runners up are Martin Guantes, Hiroshi Nakagawa, Kazuma Nakagomi, and Jonald Vergara with a gross score of 70, a handicap of 18.2, and a net score of 51.8. 

Also receiving recognition are the winners of the fun holes, namely:

Nearest to the Pin: Hole #6- Tetsuro Fujii, 7ft

Nearest to the Pin: Hole #12- John Laurel, 12 ft

Longest Drive: Hole #9- Kian Yang, 361 yards

Longest Drive: Hole #18- Ramon David, 290 yards

At the awards ceremony, Golf Committee Chairman Joseph Uy, Jr. announced his retirement and succession of the chairmanship to Mr. Ramon Abaquin, co-chairman of the committee. Afterwhich, the new championship trophy was presented to the winning team. This new perpetual trophy was made in the 18th century for King George V and was donated to the society by the heirs of the late Joseph K.H. Uy. 

For detailed results and photos of the event, please refer to our Resources.

PJS Members Show Golf Skills at 39th Friendship Tournament

Beating the sunrise, members of the Philippines-Japan Society arrived at the Sta. Elena Golf and Country Club for the 39th PJS Friendship Golf Tournament held last March 15, 2017. Registration started at 5:30 a.m. with a total of 12 teams participating in the tournament’s Scramble format.

The Ceremonial Tee Off kicked off the tournament, after which all the flights proceeded to their duly designated Holes for the shot-gun tee-off.

Emerging as Champions for 2017 was the team of Samson Enriquez, Shuhei Matsushita, Dan Ferreras, and Leslie Umsico with a gross score of 63, less the team handicap 10 for a net score of 53.

The runner-up team consisted of Alex Tan, Takehiro Shimada, Toshiyuki Ishikawa, and Sixto Benedicto which grossed 67 less their team handicap of 13 for a net score of 54, just a point over the Champion Team.

The winning team members will have their names etched on the permanent trophy that is prominently displayed at the PJS head office in Makati. Each winning player however received a commemorative glass trophy.

After the morning games, a buffet lunch was served to the members and non-other than PJS president, Mr. Francis C. Laurel greeted and congratulated the participants and guests of the tournament. Other activities followed in the afternoon such the awarding of winners, a raffle event, and recognition of this year’s generous sponsors.

The Philippines-Japan Friendship Golf Tournament is an annual tradition of the association aimed at fostering friendship and cooperation between Filipinos and Japanese. Players were allowed to form their own teams with at least one Filipino or one Japanese member and a maximum of four players.

The 2017 Golf Tournament Committee was headed by Mr. Joseph “Jun” Uy, Jr., Chairman and Mr. Raymond M. Abaquin, co-Chairman. It is noteworthy that Jun and Raymond are the sons of the former PJS Golf Tournament Chairmen, the late Mr. Joseph K.H. Uy and Amb. Eusebio (Sev) Abaquin.

Related Resources:

Tournament Program
Tournament Rules
Tournament Sponsors
Photo Album