THE ASCENSION OF ZENON
Zenon’s ascension to the zenith of SWAG standings and capture the top qualifier plum can be attributed to the time and tested formula of practice, practice and more practice. He came to the golf course a day earlier than anyone and played a look-see round, taking valuable notes along the way. At 9am on game day, he was by his lonesome warming up; pummeling range balls, blasting out of sand traps and reading and putting across the greens. The shadow of the next swagger did not appear until 2 hours later.
It is worth noting that Zenon’s cart mate at Patriot Hills, Ferdie U, and Mac Fojas at Great Bear both carded 5 under net scores. Coincidence? Not. Mac unabashedly stated that he would not have scored a 79 if not for Zenon’s notes and course management example.
So, all ye contenders, book your practice rounds at Wild Turkey and Ballyowen. Do what Zenon does and you just might come out with your best results. 8 and 7 under pars are not impossible. You can’t argue against Zenon’s ascension. Kaya, mag practice na kayo!!!
RORY BORROWS ZENON’S PLAYBOOK
Just like Zenon who won back to back tournaments, Tour IX and X (Patriot Hills and Great Bear), sandwiched by another great result at PICO, returning world number one Rory also won back-to-back tournaments (British Open and PGA) and took the WGC (Firestone) event between the two major wins. Zenon and Rory both return to tournament weekend play on August 23 and 24. Rory will be at Barclays at Ridgewood GC in Paramus while Zenon will be at Crystal springs. As volunteer marshals at the Barclays, Jojo Sanchez and I will have the chance to see Rory in action August 21 and 22 from inside the ropes. Then on Aug 23 and 24, we will closely monitor the Zenon phenomenon at the SWAG championships. Whose magical streak would continue? Rory’s? Zenons? Smart money is on BOTH. Abangan!
SWAG CELEBRATIONS 2nd to NONE
Ed Amaba’s calderetta, paella con Lechon (courtesy of Raul E), and Mac’s tender juicy salpicao, pork and ribs bbq, con todo mongo, mechado, tahjong, mais at ukoy – what more can you ask for. Nada! Thank you Ed, Mac, Raul, and Doc Lito A (Remy/Double Black) from the bottom of our fulfilled stomachs! And livers! Sa uulitin.
FROM 42 OVER to 4 UNDER
How can you shoot 42 over par on your first tournament, then post 4 under par 32 on the front nine of your 10th and final game to win jueteng first place honors ($25 worth), Gerry Deniega says, an investment of $1750 did the trick. That is how much it cost him in green fees and driving range costs to complete a storied turn around of his golf game in 4 months. Gerry did not miss a single SWAG tournament. 10 out of 10. Perfect attendance. That is the definition of commitment guys. Unable to play in the championships due to prior commitment, watch out for Gerry D in 2015. Already a swag major winner in 2005, he is definitely going to contend in 2015, now that he has committed to playing the game again after a few years of furlough.
ABOVE WAIST GANG
In its trial year of implementation, the low waist gang list of members provides an interesting and revealing insight. 24 of 38 swaggers graced this list and contributed to the coffers of our after game celebrations. Only 14 of the 38 members have managed to avoid the dreaded list by playing well enough to not land on the bottom 4 performers of each tournament. Who will remain unscathed after the last two games? Here is the list of the above waist gang: Romy F, Leo B, Lino E, Reggie, Mac, Ed, Dino, G Gguillera, Orly, Beda, Noel, Ding, Ferdie and Zenon. Kudos to all of you. Keep your belts tightened above the waist!