Abdon dedicates overall Mabuhay Miles win to recently-departed wife
Abdon dedicates overall Mabuhay Miles win to wife
DASMARINAS--Playing in his first tournament since the demise of his wife, senior campaigner Ryan Abdon made it matter on Monday by gunning down an eagle and two birdies for a System 36 net four-under-par 68 to win the overall title in the blockbuster Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Miles Elite invitational golf tournament.
The 67-year-old, playing out of Manila , holed his third shot on the par-5 second hole of the Palmer layout--his first in the shotgun start event--coming out of from about 20 yards using a 54-degree wedge for what proved to be the difference in the centerpiece division.
And after the awarding of the trophy and the 140,000 flier miles that went with it, Abdon couldn't help but be emotional since he cannot share this win with his wife, Amy, who passed on Sept. 12 after a two-month battle with liver cancer.
"This is for her," Abdon, who also won the Class A plum at Eagle Ridge several years back," said. "At the start of the round, since this is the first time I played a tournament since her passing, I whispered a prayer and told her that I would win this for her."
The tournament was held for the first time in five and it couldn't have had a more popular winner than Abdon, who owns a landfill business in Cebu where he flies to a lot, hence his yearly invitation to the exclusive 18-hole tournament.
"We are deeply honored to see you all here today," PAL president Capt. Stanley Ng said before the start of the awarding ceremonies. "I wish to thank all of you not only for playing, but also for sticking to us even during the pandemic."
That eagle also was worth another , even as Edmund Yee, the former Glowing Goldie for University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP, ran away with the Seniors' title after shooting a gross 79 for a 71.
Jose Emmanuel Angeles walked away with the low gross trophy after shooting a 70. The victory was worth for Angeles.
Vicente Solon fired a net 68 to win the Class A championship over Jesus Romero, who nipped Arnold Corporal via a countback with five birdies after both had returned 69s.
Former Far Eastern U basketball star Jens Knuttel had three birdies in shooting a 70, nipping Alex Revilla for the Class B crown via a countback. Eric Lim settled for third also after losing in the tiebreaker to Revilla, who had two seven pars.
Richie Santos, an executive of the Cinderella chain of companies, was the Class C champion after shooting a gross 78 for a 69 at the Player layout, nipping Ariel , who fired a 70. Edwin Ermita was third also with a 70.
The organizing Mabuhay Miles division of the country's flag carrier made sure that the "Reviving Legends" edition of the event would be a success as food and drinks overflowed with the players serenated by Mel Villenas and the AMP Band and the sultry Renee .
MASTERCARD, ASIAN JOURNAL, OKADA MANILA
PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK
CONVERGE, ANANTARA RESORTS, NEWPORT WORLD RESORTS, MODALA RESORT, 357 BORACAY, MICROWINE LIQUOR SHOP
And participations from:
ASIA BREWERY INC, TANDUAY INC, CINDERELLA, HAROLDS HOTEL, HERTZ, ACACIA HOTEL, ATC HEALTHCARE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION, SINGEL AEROSPACE INC, MANDARIN SKY, ALVEO
REMERO BANANA CHIPS, KAULAYAW COFFEE
Ryan Abdon (second from left) raises the overall championship trophy of the Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Miles Elite invitational golf tournament held Monday at The Orchard. Capt. Stanley K. Ng (left) the PAL president and COO, Atty. Carlos Luis Fernandez the PAL Executive Vice President and General Counsel, and Renee were on hand to award Abdon his trophy.