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New dad Bayron finally nails big one

First Posted 01:31:35 02/12/2010


Filed Under: Golf, Jay Bayron, ICTSI-Canlubang



Jay Bayron ended a three-year wait for a major accomplishment when he bagged Player of the Year honors in the ICTSI-Philippine Golf Tour with a final leg victory at Canlubang recently.

The victory capped the 31-year-old Bayron’s superb season where he turned in four runner-up finishes before humbling a star-studded field, including Frankie Miñoza, Juvic Pagunsan and Dutch Guido Van der Velk to finally capture a victory in the Aboitiz Invitational in Cebu last August.

Still, it took him one more victory—at the ICTSI Canlubang Invitational—to dislodge Pagunsan from the top of the heap and snatch the Order of Merit crown.

“It was a dream come true, becoming the year’s top player,” said Bayron, adding he gained inspiration from the birth of his first child early in the year.

“I really played inspired all season since we also waited for three years for our first child,” added Bayron, who won a bonus prize of P50,000 for winning the OOM crown plus a U-Boat watch worth P120,000.

The Orchard Golf and Country Club in Dasmariñas, Cavite was also named the circuit’s top course with former Hong Kong Am champion Dante Becierra winning the top amateur honors and an iPod Touch 4G.

Bayron hit the P1 million mark at the close of the 13-stage circuit sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc., finishing with P1,010,317 and beating Pagunsan, a two-leg winner who wound up P945,812.

Artemio Murakami ended up third with P787,810 followed by three-leg winner Marvin Dumandan (P771,973), ICTSI-Forest Hills champion Mars Pucay (P668,017), Tony Lascuña (P618,464), ICTSI-Malarayat winner Elmer Salvador (P610,844), Orchard leg champion Benjie Magada (P557,300), Ferdie Aunzo (P498,664) and Del Monte leg winner Cassius Casas (P486,000).

“I’ll try to stay in shape in the off-season and go for it again next year,” said Bayron.



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