One hundred junior golfers from across the country will play the first-ever Oliver Gan Junior Golf Scholarship 2022 Invitational Tournament on Sunday, August 21 at Riviera Golf Club in Silang, Cavite.

Olivier Gan

Gan, a former adviser for golf at the Games and Amusements Board (GAB), said his main reason for organizing the tournament was the development of junior golfers from Xavier School and De La Salle University – his two alma mothers.

“We always want to help the development of their golfers. But at the same time, it’s my way of helping the development of junior golf in our country. As a former junior golfer, we want to see them excel in tournaments here and abroad,” Gan said.

Some of the best Filipino players in junior golf are expected to compete including Celine Abalos, Stevie Umali, Zach Villoraman, Elysse Co, Mika Arroyo, Zach Castro, Monique Arroyo, Tyler Zamuco, Patrick Tambaque and Riane Maliksi.

Gan-Gaisano sisters Nicole and Stephanie, Bree Macasaet, Gabriele See, Anya Cedo, Juliana Ong, Martina Oben, Rafael Ley, Armand Copok, Venice Tiamsic and Shinichi Suzuki will also join the tournament which starts at 10 a.m.

According to Gan, the said event also serves as a qualifying match for the upcoming Thailand Junior Golf Championship after the Thai Golf Association personally offered him places for the competition.

“After this first tournament, we will see if we can have another one to see who would be included (in the team) or who would qualify, because we want to send the best team, the best players possible,” said Gan, a former program manager for NCR at the Philippine Sports Institute (PSI), a branch of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

Gan said the event, which offers free tournament fees to all participating golfers, would not be possible without the event’s primary funder, Riviera Golf Club President Norman Legaspi.

Participants are limited to 100 junior golfers, but Han Gaisano-Gan, who is part of the organizing team, said other interested players have the opportunity to participate in the second part of the tournament.

“In fact, when we hit 100, we told others who wanted to join that they could always join the next one. Due to the turnout of attendees, it’s likely we’ll have a second event,” said Gaisano-Gan.