Rector’s Cup resumes with large turnout of golfers; Team Medicine & Surgery makes a comeback

The fifth edition of the Rector’s Cup: Thomasian Alumni Golf Tournament drew in 211 alumni golfers and guests to join the advocacy of funding the University’s student-athletes, who compete in national and international sports events. The tournament, organized by the Office of Alumni Relations (OAR), was held at the Forest Hills Golf & Country Club in Antipolo, Rizal, on February 6, 2023.

This year’s tourney reinvigorated the solidarity and loyalty of the alumni to the University after the two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Sponsors such as Wilcon Depot, DivinaLaw, DATEM, Inc., and Shinagawa Lasik & Aesthetics also rejoined and guaranteed their commitment to the cause. The full day event saw the dedication of the community that brought in the largest turnout of golfers since the tournament’s inception.
Tournament Chairman Dr. Ian Laurel highlighted the series’ distinction from others where different college teams host the competition every year, saying that “This fosters the engagement and participation of all alumni, making it more exciting, bigger, more vibrant, and more relevant each and every year.” He also admired the Rector’s support and leadership, inspiring them to continue with the advocacy.
A fellowship banquet and awarding ceremonies followed the morning of golf and was graced by the presence of UST Vice Rector Rev. Fr. Isaias D. Tiongco, O.P., and IPEA Director and Regent Rev. Fr. Rodel S. Cansancio, O.P.
Ten teams which consisted of different colleges and a high school department competed over the coveted perpetual championship trophy created by Ar. Ramon Orlina.
The teams of Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Pharmacy tied at 571 points. However, the Pharmacy team clinched the third runner-up title with nine birdies in Team Event while the Engineering team only birdied two, placing them at the fourth.
The first time podium finisher Faculty of Arts and Letters team unexpectedly sealed its second runner-up finish with 568 points.
A great upset has met the College of Science as their team committed a couple of errors garnering them 562 points, which took them a few steps back from defending the crown. Meanwhile, the Rector’s Cup 3 champions Faculty of Medicine & Surgery team made a comeback with only 557 points, which secured the top spot for this year’s event.
For the sixth Rector’s Cup, the College of Architecture will host the competition headed

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