Updated: Nov 28, 2019
Some 62 non-life insurance executives drove all the way to Silang, Cavite on June 14, 2019 to bond together for the 6th PIRA Networking Golf Tournament organized by the Philippine Insurers and Reinsurers Association (PIRA).
The non-life insurance executives included several company presidents, vice presidents and officers/stakeholders, mostly decision makers from non-life insurance companies took time off from their busy schedules to enjoy the fun and camaraderie that the PIRA Networking Golf offered, in celebration of the 65thanniversary of the Association.
PIRA Chairman Allan Santos said the tournament was a "huge success" considering the number of participants and sponsors, and the overall feel it gave to everyone who played. He congratulated the PIRA Team for organizing the event and for making it truly special and memorable.
PIRA Networking Golf Tournament Director Joel Libo-on thanked everybody who joined and promised to even make the event better next year. "We're already getting good at it in terms of organizing. We'd like to make it even better next year," he promised.
For his part, PIRA General Manager Roger Concepcion thanked all the companies that supported the tournament led by Major Sponsors MERIMEN Technologies Philippines, Inc., Maxicare Healthcare Corp., National Reinsurance Corporation of the Philippines (NatRe), Personal Accident Managers Inc., (PAMI) and Stradcom.
He also thanked the Hole Sponsors Asia Reinsurance Brokers (ARB), Computer Professionals Inc. (CPI), Grupo Ceguro Insurance Agency, Inc., Malayan Insurance Company, Inc., The New India Assurance Co., Ltd., NTT Data Philippines, Inc., Pacific Cross Insurance, Inc., Stronghold Insurance Co., Inc., UCPB General Insurance Co., Inc. and 3i Infotech Sdn Bhd.
Single-handicapper Jun Villar of Auto Home Motor Works played an almost flawless game, carding 13 pars and 1 birdie to register the lowest gross score of 75 and emerge as overall champion of the tournament.
Jimmy Reyes of GBG, meanwhile, hit 3 birdies and six pars to register the lowest net of 69 in the System 36 event. He won over Class A champion BJ Cebero who also finished with a net of 69, with 3 birdies but with only 4 pars.
Cebero of Philippines First Insurance ruled the Class A, beating Longest Drive winner Werhner Parrel who logged a net of 71 with 1 birdie and 7 pars. Parrel edged 3rd placer Arturo dela Paz who also finished with a net 71, with 1 birdie but with only 4 pars.
Class B was dominated by Kenichi Nakagawa of BPI/MS Insurance Corp. who made 2 birdies and 2 pars to finish with a net of 71 from a gross of 93.
He was followed by David Mercado Jr. with his net 72 from his birdieless, 4-par round. Third placer for Class B went to Mandy Malabanan who finished with 73 despite scoring a birdie on hole 2.
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For the Class C, the championship was a toss-up between Vir Cruz and Jhun Benedicto who carded identical gross scores of 101 and net cores of 76. A countback showed that Cruz of Milestone Guaranty edged Benedicto in the back nine, earning him the title.
The Class C third place trophy went to Mon Roco who had a gross of 105 and net of 76.
For the Ladies, Joy Bunda was awarded the Champion trophy with a gross of 89 and net of 73.
The tournament also awarded prizes to Fun Holes winners, namely, Longest Putt (Joel Libo-on), Longest Drive (Werhner Parrel), Most Accurate Drive (Nino Lojo), and Nearest to the Pin (Lito Bantayan).