FOR nearly two years, amateur golf tournaments were left out due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but as protocols relaxed and with the approval of the local government unit in the city of Baguio and the Interagency Working Group on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, the Fil-Am Golf Invitational made a successful comeback last week.

Fil-Am’s executive committee submitted a proposal to Baguio City, IATF and the Philippine National Golf Association (NGAP) earlier this year, but only got the go-ahead in October. , giving organizers just one month to prepare for the four one-day events in the country’s summer capital.

“They all waited for the Covid-19 alert level to drop. And when it happened, that’s when we got the green light, ”said Robert John Sobrepeña, President of Camp John Hay (CJH), co-host with the Baguio Country Club (BCC) of the golfer Fil-Am.

During the 71st edition, the Fil-Am was played in a semi-bubble to ensure the health and safety of participants.

“Our staff and those involved in CJH and BCC are fully vaccinated and have also undergone antigen testing, this has protected everyone,” Sobrepeña said. “This is in line with LGU guidelines. The good news is, it worked.

Sobrepeña said the Fil-Am executive committee hopes the tournament will return to normal in 2022.

“We hope to have a better situation next year so that we can attract more participants,” he said, noting that only 288 players have participated this year, far from the traditional 1,300 spectators that Fil-Am has attracted. every year in the meadow. -The Covid era to earn the reputation of the largest amateur golf tournament in the world and a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.