This year marks another milestone for FAME as it celebrates a decade of summer suns and green palmer courses, a decade of hopeful and winning shots & moments, a decade of competition and camaraderie. Yes, the FAME Annual Golf Invitational Tournament just turned ten and what better way to celebrate this special anniversary tournament than to bring it to the home of the Philippine Golf Open Championships – the Wack Wack Golf & Country Club, located in Mandaluyong Manila. Held last 20 March 2014, the tournament was again a success as it drew more than a hundred participants joining the event, the second-biggest for this particular tournament.
Despite the challenge of playing at the country’s most famous golf orchard, for which the players got excited about, the tournament proved a championship battle. After hours of a thrilling once in a lifetime golf experience, some players were recognized for their exceptional performance and the winners were proclaimed.
Men’s Division
Mr. Tony Josue of Wilhelmsen Ships Service Phils. Inc. bested all other opponents in the Class-A Division thus claimed the top title, followed by Capt. Tsutomu Harada of Grace Marine & Shipping Corp. and Mr. Noel Felicia of Seahorse for the 1st and 2nd Runner-up respectively. For the Class-B Division, it was a special day for Capt. Victor S. Del Prado of Klaveness Maritime Agency, Inc. who was celebrating his birthday on that day to be up for the top spot while Mr. Procis Aquino of Great Seas Mariners came in second and Mr. Koichi Sakimura of Philippine Standard Shipmanagement Inc. in third. Mr. Jonathan Palma of Bibby Ship Management Philippines Inc. won the Champion award for the Class-C Division. Mr. Rey Amper of Megapaint Corporation was 1st Runner-up and Engr. Sammuel T. Lim of Great Southern Maritime Service Corp. hang on for the 2nd Runner-up place. Veteran player and Hall of FAMEr awardee, Capt. Teodoro B. Quijano of Barko International Inc. bagged his first champion award in the Class-D Division. Mr. Erwin Pobre of C.S.C Manila, Inc. was at close second and Capt. Reynaldo D. Casareo of Cargo Safeway, Inc. secured the third spot.
Women’s Division
First timer Ms. Lyn Aquino of Great Seas Mariners hit it big time with the top award win. 1st Runner-up went to Ms. Carmen Rebusi of IMS Philippines Maritime Corp. and Ms. Lenore M.V.M Quijano of Barko International Inc. claimed the 2nd Runner-up spot.
Sponsor’s Division
Mr. James Christian Ricohermoso Sagrada Corazon Medical & Allied Services, the youngest player in the tournament proved that skills don’t come with age as he won the champion award. 1st and 2nd Runner-up awards went to Mr. Arthur Vincent Chung of BDO Unibank, INC. and Mr. Alfonso Adrian Ocampo AVOCAMPO ATR/KIMENG Insurance Broker respectively.
Special Awards / Side Contests
Mr. Simon Heo of Eaglestar Crewmanagement Corp. champed the Low Net award and Mr. Jones Tulod of TSM Shipping (Phil.) Inc. won the Low Gross title.
Other winners includeMr. James Christian Ricohermoso (Sagrada Corazon Medical & Allied Services) - Nearest to the Pin, Mr. Tony Josue (Wilhelmsen Ships Service) - Longest Drive, Mr. Procis Aquino (Great Seas Mariners) - Accurate Drive, and Jerricho Briones (Eaglestar Crewmanagement Corp.) - Most Promising Player.
Mr. Jones Tulod(TSM shipping (Phils.) Inc.), Mr. Jimmy Boado(GraceMarine & Shipping Corp.), Mr. Ricky Loyola (Vestland Maritime Corp.), Mr. Raymond Silvestre (Maritime Golf Association of the Phils.), Capt. Tetsuya Suzuki (IMS Philippines Maritime Corp.), Mr. Jonathan Palma (Bibby Ship Management Philippines Inc.), Mr. Dexter Cervantes (AVOCAMPO ATR/KIMENG Insurance Broker), Mr. Jon Judan (Southfield Agencies, Inc.), Mr. L.K Wong (Virjen Shipping Corporation), Mr. Francis Hong (Parola Maritime agency Corp.)individually victorious for the 2 on 2 Putts. Mr. Honorio Casalme of Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc. won the Putting Contest.
FAME Ryder Cup Winners
The Philippine Team (Mr. Jones Tulod - TSM Shipping (Phil.) Inc., Mr. Honorio Casalme - Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc., Mr. Simon Heo - Eaglestar Crewmanagement Corp.) is still not ready to give up the title as they went for three (3) consecutive years now as champions. The Japanese Team (Capt. Tsutomu Harada - Grace Marine & Shipping Corp., Mr. Tetsuya Suzuki – IMS Philippines Maritime Corp., Capt. Tetsuya Hakozaki - Philippine-Japan Manning Consultative Council, Inc. (PJMCC) retained their stand as 1st Runner-up and the International Team (Mr. Rene Daniel Kruideneir – TEEKAY Phils., Mr. Kjell Hjartnes – CF Sharp Crew Management Inc., Mr. Frank Hagelstein – Globe Master Marine Agency, Inc.) held the spot of 2nd Runner up.
Hall of FAMErs (Decade Players)
FAME also acknowledged this year’s Hall of FAMErs (Decade Players) who have played in FAME’s annual golf tournament for ten (10) consecutive years now namely Dr. Jose Emmanuel Gonzales (Bibby Ship Management Philippines, Inc.), Mr. Alfredo T. Mendoza (MMSPhil Maritime Services Inc.), C/E Efren Robles (ASP Crew Management Services Inc.) and Capt. Teodoro B. Quijano (Barko International Inc.).
Adding more excitement to the event, exciting and fabulous freebies and raffle prizes were also given away courtesy of FAME and sponsors. Here is the list of the winners of raffle prizes: Golf Matt - Mr. Beda L. Melgar (Mariners & Allied Transport Employees Union (MATEU) and Atty. Arturo T. Del Rosario, Jr. (Del Rosario Pandiphil, Inc.), Golf Sunday Bag - Mr. Manuel David (Western Shipping Southeast Asia, Inc.), Duffle Bags - Mr. Francis K.S. Hong (Parola Maritime Agency Corp.), Mr. Tony Josue (Wilhelmsen Ships Service) and Mr. Domingo Estera (Cargo Safeway, Inc.), Mountain Bike (Courtesy of Sagrada Corazon Medical Clinic) - Mr. Ireneo Cariño III (TORM Singapore PTE Ltd.), Bagio Country Club Gift Certificate - Mr. Mike Dumangeng (Great Seas Mariners, Mr. Jerricho N. Briones (Eaglestar Crewmanagement Corp.), Mr. Mariano V. Araneta, Jr. (Island Overseas Transport Corp.), Capt. Tsutomu Harada (Grace Marine & Shipping Corp.), Mr. Abiel S. Bugas (Ventis Maritime Corporation) and Mr. Elmer Agbanglo (MMSPhil Maritime Services Inc.), Golf Drivers and Hybrids- Mr. Victor D. Dumagoso (Pacific Ocean Manning, Inc.), Ms. Carmen B. Rebusi (IMS Philippines Maritime Corp.), Mr. Arthur Vincent D. Chung (BDO Unibank, Inc.) and Capt. Emmanuel L. Regio (Island Overseas Transport Corp.), Golf Bag - Mr. Koichi Sakimura (Philippine Standard Shipmanagement Inc.), SM Gift Certificate (Courtesy of BDO) - Mr. Mariano V. Araneta, Jr. (Island Overseas Transport Corp.) and Mr. Tetsuya Hakozaki (Philippine-Japan Manning Consultative Council, Inc. (PJMCC), BELO Gift Certificates - Mr. Chris O'Day (American Bureau of Shipping (Guest)), Mr. Guilbert B. Llamado (Milmar Crewing), Atty.  Julius A. Yano (Del Rosario Pandiphil, Inc.), Mr. Benjamin M. Katipunan, Jr. (MST Marine Services (Phils), Inc.) and Mr. Rick Loyola (Vestland Maritime Corp.), TIMEX Watches - Mr. Eduardo L. Cabanatan Jr. (Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc.), Capt. Armando Ricohermoso (Sagrada Corazon Medical & Allied Services) and Mr. Masahiro Kiyota (Matagumpay Maritime, Inc.), Nike Golf VRs Covert Bag (Pacsports’ Longest Drive Winner) - Mr. James Rico Hermoso (Sagrada Corazon Medical & Allied Services) and Tourstage GR Bag (Pacsports’ Longest Drive Winner) - Mr. Michael M. Rogado (TORM Shipping Phils Inc.).
Of course, this event would not be possible and successful without the sponsors: Over-all Sponsor - Banco De Oro Unibank, Inc., Minor Sponsors- Smart Communications, Inc. and Baguio Country Club, Hole-in-One Sponsors - Toyota Otis, Inc. and Club Car Inc., Hole Sponsors - NYK-Fil Ship Management, Inc., Eagle Star Crew Management Corp. / Parola Maritime Agency Corp., Philippine-Japan Manning Consultative Council, Inc. (PJMCC), Associated Marine Officers & Seamen's Union of the Phils. (AMOSUP), Multinational Maritime Inc./MMSPHIL Maritime Services Inc., AVOCAMPO / ATR KIMENG Insurance Broker, New Simulator Center of the Phils., Inc., Mariners' & Allied Transport Employees Union (MATEU), Del Rosario Pandiphil, Inc., C.F. Sharp Crew Management, Inc., Fiesta Tours and Travel Corp.,
Philippine Standard Shipmanagement Inc., Philippine Association of Maritime Training Centers, Inc. (PAMTCI), Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP), All-Japan Seamen's Union Manila Welfare Office (PHIL.) Corp. (AJSU), OSM Maritime Services, Inc., Philippine Interisland Shipping Association (PISA), Western Shipping Southeast Asia Inc., Philippine, Seafarers' Union (PSU), Bibby Ship Management Phils., Inc., Cargo Safeway, Inc., Island Overseas Transport Corp., Great Southern Maritime Services Corp., Globe Master Marine Agency, Inc., International Seamen's Mutual Labor Association (ISLA), Abosta Shipmanagement, Corp., Intermodal Shipping, Inc., COMPASS Training Center, Baliwag Navigation, Inc., Pandiman Philippines, Inc., Maritime Golf Association of the Philippines (MGAP), Special Sponsors - Newtrends International Corporation / TIMEX, Philippine Association of Manning Agencies and Ship Managers Inc. (PAMAS), Physician Diagnostic Services, Inc., Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines (ISP) and Sagrada Corazon Medical & Allied Services.
Special thanks to the FAME Golf Tournament Committee headed by Mr, Simon Heo, Special Projects & Events Committee headed by Engr. Sammuel T. Lim and the Board of Directors headed by Capt. Emmanuel L. Regio, President for their expertise and selfless dedication in making this tournament a continuous success.
Finally, FAME would like to thank all the players, guests, and our beloved sponsors for the continuous support and for participating in this year’s tournament.