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.

Friday, April 15, 2016

And the Philippines has two for golf in Rio

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And the Philippines has two for golf in Rio
by rick olivares

The International Golf Federation (IGF) updated their men’s rankings for Olympic Qualification last April 11. And in the list of the 60 participants who will be partaking in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics this August are Miguel Tabuena and Angelo Que.

Tabuena is ranked #36 while Que is listed at #49. The former raised his ranking from #52 from a few months ago to three spots ahead. 

The International Olympic Committee has restricted the IGF to an Olympic field of 60 players each for the men’s and women’s competition. The top 15 players in the world are eligible but are limited to four per country. Beyond the top 15, players are eligible to compete in the Olympics based on their ranking with a maximum of two eligible players from each country that does not have two or more among the top 15.

The golf competition will be played at the newly-built Campo Olimpico de Golfe that is located at the Marapendi Natural Reserve in the Barra da Tijuca and Recreio neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro. The area was established for the preservation of native plants and animals. 

The Rio Summer Games marks the first time in 112 years that golf will be played in the Olympics. The last time golf was played was in 1904 with the United States winning the gold while Canada took the silver, and Great Britain, the bronze. 

The 2016 Olympic Golf Competition is scheduled for August 11-14 and 17-20.

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