More than 200 Thomasian alumni golf players and sponsors took part in the fourth Rector’s Cup to raise funds for the benefit of Thomasian student-athletes. The tournament, organized by the Office of Alumni Relations (OAR) in collaboration with the UST Alumni Association, Inc., was held at The Orchard Golf and Country Club in Dasmariñas, Cavite on June 10, 2019.
The annual Rector’s Cup was first organized by the OAR in 2016. The tournament has proven to be a helpful vehicle to support the developmental program and competitions of UST student-athletes while at the same time, reinforcing camaraderie, solidarity, and friendship among its alumni working toward a common goal.
This year’s tournament was made doubly special because it was held in memory of its great contributor, the late UST In-house Civil Engineer Engr. Lawrence K. Pangan. From the previous year’s 27-hole course of Sta. Elena Golf and Country Estate in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, it was transferred to the two 18-hole courses of the Orchard to accommodate more golfers who participated in the event. The full day event saw the alumni come together over a meaningful morning of golf.
The day continued on with a banquet and fellowship graced by the UST Rector Vey Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P. The ceremony was hosted by Tournament Chairman Dr. Adrian Paolo Laurel and College of Commerce Team Captain Eduardo Nepomuceno. In the afternoon, awards were given and lucky prizes were drawn. Winners of the major raffle draw took home prizes courtesy of sponsors and partners such as Shinagawa Lasik & Aesthetics, Skynet Travel Corporation, and Allpoints Travel Services, Inc.
The top players and special awardees received glass plaques inspired by the Orlina championship trophy. The top scorer for the Palmer course was Dr. Marc Reyes of the Faculty of Pharmacy team garnering 52 points and while the Player course top scorer was College of Science’s Ronald Cruz with 48 points. The over-all individual top scorer was Dr. Gerry Gonzales of College of Science with 53 points. The Science team also had the most number of players in this year’s tournament making them garner a whopping 357 points, thus dethroning the Faculty of Medicine as the champion of the Rector’s Cup last year. Still, the Faculty of Medicine managed a podium finish placing third in the tournament with 334 points. The Faculty of Engineering placed second with 344 points.
Before the ceremony ended, Tournament Director Fernando and Tournament Chair Laurel announced that the next Rector’s Cup host is the College of Science, this year’s champion. For the fifth edition of the tournament, Team Captain Dr. Elvis Llarena promised to have a larger golfer population and to raise more funds for the student-athletes.