The Masonic Districts of Region X in Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro and Camiguin will host the 2nd Grand Master’s Open Golf Tournament at the Pueblo de Oro Golf and Country Club championship golf course on January 20-22, 2023.

According to VW Alex Saldana, Golf Tournament Chairman and Masonic District Region X Grand Lecturer, they will use a Modified Stableford Scoring Format that  involves scoring points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole.

Good play earns points and poor play takes away points. Unlike traditional scoring methods where the aim is to have the lowest score, the objective in a Modified Stableford is to have the highest score.

The number of points awarded on each hole is determined based on the comparison of the number of strokes to par. An eagle scores 5 pts., birdie 3 pts., par 2 pts., bogey 1 pt., net of handicap.

The strategy in Modified Stableford format rewards risk-taking on the golf course. For instance, if the golfer is facing a carry over water that he normally wouldn’t try, the Modified Stableford format presents an incentive to go for it.

The Barracuda Championship at Old Greenwood Golf Course at Tahoe Mountain Club in Truckee, the only event on the US PGA TOUR featuring the Modified Stableford scoring format.

Saldana said the tournament is open for all interested golfers but  limited to a maximum of 200 participants, first-come, first-served. Registration fee is P3,500.00 which entitles the registrant to a  free Boston Bag.

Among the main awards to be won are Lowest Gross; Lowest Net; Champion, 1st and 2nd Runners up in the Men’s Division Class ABDC; and Champion and 1st Runner up in the Women’s Division.

Special Awards to me given out include Allan Sagrado’s Best in Group  Uniform & Best in Individual Attire; Nissan’s Longest Drive (Hole No. 3), Vibere’s Most Accurate Drive (Hole No. 3) and Vibere’s Nearest to the pin (all Par 3s).

Hole-in-one prizes are the following: P100K cash by VW Gov. Peter M. Unabia, PDDGM + P25K by VW Eugene M. Unabia, PDDGM, for Hole No. 3; Yamaha Mio Fazzio by Bro. Ray Gica + P25K cash by VW Eugene M. Unabia, PDDGM for Hole No. 6; Club Car Golf Cart Tempo 2 Electric by Pioneer Insurance + P25K Cash by VW Eugene M. Unabia, PDDGM for  Hole No. 11; and Home Solar Package by Greenergy + P25K Cash by VW Eugene M. Unabia, PDDGM for Hole No. 13. Only white tees qualify for the Hole-in-One prizes.

The 18-hole, par-72 Pueblo de Oro Golf Course in the only world-class, all-weather championship golf course in Cagayan de Oro City.

Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, Pueblo Golf is the first and only world-class, all-weather championship golf course in the area. It is the only golf course in the Visayas and Mindanao ranked among the Top 5 in the country by Golfing Philippines and among the top 10 by Inquirer Golf Magazine. A majestic driving range, clubhouse, tee houses and practice putting greens complete the golf course facilities.

Being an all-weather golf course, it is playable the whole year round. It is also environmentally sound, featuring five inter-connected lakes from which recycled water is drawn to water the course to conserve water.

Pueblo Golf has played host to a number of major tournaments such as the PAL Interclub, the Rotary International Foundation golf tournament, the Southern Ladies Club, among others.

Awards Night will be held at 6:00PM on Sunday, 22 January 2023 at the Pueblo Golf Clubhouse now managed by Fairways by Frankees.

The organizers headed by VW Alex Saldana acknowledges the invaluable support of the following brethren who made this tournament possible: District Deputy Grand Master (Misamis Oriental & Camiguin) VW Raul Cinco,  District Deputy Grand Master (Misamis Oriental & Camiguin) VW Rael Yap, and most especially, Grand Master MW Johnny T. Pimentel of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines.


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