Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Coscolluela high on RP Olympic golf bets

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Coscolluela high on RP Olympic golf bets
by rick olivares

National Golf Association of the Philippines (NGAP) President Caloy Coscolluela believes that when the country’s Olympic bets take the greens for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, we have a chance just like anyone else.

“You could be top-ranked or not at all, but the sport gives everyone an equal chance to win it,” said the long time director of the country’s golf association. “It’s a four-day tournament so you just go out there and perform.”

Coscolluela bared that so far, 21-year old Miguel Luis Tabuena, who recently won his first Philippine Sportswriters Association Sportsman of the Year for 2015 after he picked up his first championship during the Philippine Open is a shoo-in for an Olympic berth.

“Miguel Tabuena is very sure of getting that precious Olympic slot,” said Cosculluela. “Angelo Que could also make it pending his performance in the next few months."

"We do not choose the players,” clarified the NGAP boss. “But the International Golf Federation (IGF) chooses the players based on the rankings. Based on their system, only the top 60 for both men and women’s divisions will go to the Olympics.”

The youthful Tabuena has nine professional wins including one in the Asian Tour. Last February 1, he finished at fourth spot along with South Korea’s Song Young-Han in the $1-Million Singapore Open. 

The 37-year old Que is a 13-year pro golfer with four professional wins including three in the Asian circuit. 

Tabuena is currently ranked #37 by the IGF while Que is at #52.

“The final Olympic berths won’t be known until July 11,” added Coscolluela. “Miguel looks very good. Angelo is fine as well but he will have to maintain or improve his position just to solidify that spot for Rio. All I can say is, when we get there (Rio), we have a good chance. I have a good feeling about our chances."

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