Article by Margarita Te

Illustration by Jay Jao

As third season is now in full swing, athletes have been spending the past few weeks practicing arduously for local games, tournaments, and their fast-approaching IASAS tournament. This school year, ISM is fortunate enough to be hosting both golf and badminton. It isn’t uncommon for students to be wondering the following: how, exactly, does IASAS Golf work?

There are many characteristics and features that make golf arguably the most unique sport among all the IASAS sports. Although ISM is this year’s host, the actual tournament will be held at the Mount Malarayat Golf Course, about ninety minutes out of Manila, as the school does not have its own course. Thus, the golfers will stay at the country club at the course for four nights when they fly in on Wednesday, April 5th until they leave after the awards on the Saturday evening. This differs from the usual housing routine as the traveling athletes will only need to be housed by members of the Bearcat community for one night, on that last Saturday night, instead of throughout the duration of the entire event.

In terms of the actual game, golfers from all six participating schools will play three days of 18 holes. Similar to the patterns of other IASAS sports, their performance for each day, both individually and as a group, determines whether or not their respective schools move up the ranks on subsequent days. The first two days of the tournament consist of stroke play, wherein the total number of strokes taken on each hole during a round is counted, and the rankings will be ordered from the lowest scores with the fewest strokes, to the highest. The last day, on the other hand, consists of match play against the six members from the school that are in contention. For instance, the teams in first and second place would compete against each other; the same goes for the teams in third and fourth place, as well as fifth and sixth place. During match play, your final stroke score does not matter, but rather whether or not you had fewer strokes than your opponent on the majority of the 18 holes.

When asked about her experiences at her first golf IASAS last year, sophomore Seo Young  O. said, “It’s more relaxed [in comparison to other IASAS sports]. There’s quite a bit of downtime so you get to bond with your team and meet a lot of new people.”

Sadly, those who aren’t participating won’t be able to travel to the venue to watch due to it being quite far from school, meaning players like Seo Young won’t experience the home crowd advantage. However, knowledge of the course, which will come with practice rounds at Mt. Malarayat throughout the season, will definitely help players prepare for the tournament. Although students back on campus won’t be able to watch, they will be able to stay updated on results via the IASAS website, and will be entertained by the exciting badminton games going on in the HS and MS gyms.

With only about a month to go, the Bearcat community is looking forward to watching the tournament and seeing the Bearcat athletes exhibit all the effort they’ve put into training for the last IASAS season of the year.

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