Young PH golf team starts SEA Games campaign


Posted at Jun 08 2015 08:54 PM | Updated as of Jun 09 2015 06:19 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A bunch of youngsters will set out for the golf competitions of the 28th Southeast Asian Games starting on Tuesday at the posh Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.

First out is the men's team, whose players have an average age of 17 -- Dan Emilio Cruz (19); Weiwei Gao (15); Aniceto Hermenegildo Mandanas (15); and Rupert Zaragoza III (17).

The women, who will start their campaign on Wednesday, are even younger: Bianca Isabel Pagdanganan is 17, Lou Danielle Uy is 18, and Harmie Nicole Constantino is only 13.

Despite their youth, all seven golfers underwent tryouts conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines.

Absent is defending women's gold medalist Princess Superal, who missed the tryouts because of commitments abroad. In a message to the team, Superal sent her best wishes.

"I wish the team good luck, and I wished I was there to defend my title and lead the Philippines again to the gold," said Superal, who led a gold medal sweep by the Philippines in women's play at the 2013 Myanmar Games.

The men will play 54 holes, while the women will compete over 36 holes.

Defending champion Thailand overhauled its team, with only veteran Natiphon Srithong returning to the 2015 competition.