Article by Liz Sunga

Over the past weekend, student athletes from all over Southeast Asia participated in the IASAS golf championships which took place at Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club, here in the Philippines. With golf carts parked on hills near different holes and the hot sun beating down, it was evident that every athlete and coach was excited to see the teams play their hearts out for the final time this season. Although it was very quiet throughout the course, the tension in the air could be felt on the third day of the tournament with match plays determining the final rankings of the teams.

Before anything, here’s a quick lesson on how golf works. Among the numerous holes and the confusing scoring system, the game of golf can, at first glance, seem like a lot to take in. However, simply put, the aim of golf is to get the ball into the hole in as little shots, or strokes, as possible. The lower your score, the closer you are to the top of the rankings.

This year, the ISM boys bagged bronze for the second year in a row, with an overall matchplay score of 5-1 against JIS and with sophomore Martin A. winning 6th place overall and the all tournament award. The girls, on the other hand, won a very close fourth against ISB, who won 4-2. Junior Subin S., captain of the girls’ golf team happily notes, however, that the results this year have shown the team’s vast improvement over the last few years. She is very optimistic for the future of the team. “Since we are more experienced with [the intensity of the] game, it is definitely possible for us to medal next year,” she says. “I am looking forward to have good team like this year and for better achievement!”

Additionally, junior Seo Young O. notes, “This year, I really felt like we were able to play so well because each of us were backed up by such a supportive team, so I guess although the sport itself is played alone, it really helps to have encouragement.”

Witnessing the immense amount of patience and skill each golfer must have to compete, and getting to understand some of its complex rules and regulations, it’s safe to say that golf truly justifies itself as a challenging sport and an anticipated IASAS event. Congratulations again to our IASAS Bearcat golf teams!

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