Congratulations go out to De La Salle High School senior Justin Pagila, who shot a course record 9-under par 62 at the Diablo Country Club in Alamo, California.
The talented Filipino-American finished in first place at the 29th De La Salle Invitational this past Tuesday. The competition at the sought-after layout included players from 23 teams.
Pagila, who will attend the United States Military Academy in the fall, became only one of three golfers to post the score at the course in its 99-year-old history.
Playing from the tips, he had seven birdies for the round and finished it in grand style with a chip-in eagle on 18 that sealed the win and enabled him to tie the long-held record.
The official yardage for Blackhawk’s Diablo is 6,255 yards but it is assumed that there would be another 200 yards added to the back tees. The course is credited with an up-to-date rating of 72.4 and a slope of 135. It has hosted numerous qualifying rounds for the U.S. Senior Open.
Pagila enjoys a No. 29 junior ranking for the class of 2013, but with his most recent outing it should be closer to cracking the Top-20.
If his game transforms even more while in West Point then perhaps down the road the golfing public, and Filipinos all over the world, will see him teeing it up alongside the best the PGA Tour has to offer.
No matter what, this is a Pinoy on the fast track to success and one to be saluted.Balkman gets dreads in a knot
As many of you’ve heard or seen by now US basketball player Renaldo Balkman went ballistic last Friday night with a verbal and physical tirade at a Philippines Basketball Association (PBA) game between the Petron Blaze Boosters and Alaska Aces. As a result of the tantrum, which included Balkman wrapping his hands around the neck of teammate Arwind Santos, the import has been banned from ever participating again in the Philippines’ professional league. He also was fined P250,000.With less than 30 seconds to go in the fourth quarter, and the Boosters down by seven points, the 6-foot-6 big man known more for his physical brand of defensive play than anything else comes off the lower right block for a pass from his teammate. He grabs the ball just below the left elbow of the lane, faces up on his defender gives a drop step with his right foot then dribbles to his left, where he fakes a reverse after the defender draws down then spins back for a left-handed shot attempt which falls short of the rim. He wants some culpability from the ref, which he gets none of and consequentially drives him off the deep end, shoving teammates away as they attempt to stop him and even pushing the coach away. Santos got shoved and retaliated with a shove of his own (never a good idea when someone is that incensed).
Not to go Zapruder, but when you slow the clip down it looks like Balkman was fouled at least one time, either during the approach, attempt or follow through. But by no means does that justify his actions. All I can say to this young man who was born in one of New York City’s five boroughs, Staten Island (Shaolin), and attended North Carolina prep school the Laurinburg Institute is act like a professional: foul, or no foul.
Balkman, if you can believe it, was drafted by the New York Knicks in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft. Then-Knicks GM Isiah Thomas tried to sell the decision by claiming the young player out of the University of South Carolina possessed a similar skill set to that of Hall of Fame forward Dennis Rodman and the player formerly known as Ron Artest, who now goes by the name Metta World Peace.
Looking back on it now, those were some Sage-like comments from Zeke, who has been known to pick some his own battles.
Circulating that summer were rumors that Thomas had either sabotaged the pick (who knows why he and Dolan did anything?) or made a deal with Balkman’s agent, who at the time was Leon Rose.Regardless of the circumstances, Balkman proved to be a serviceable player during his seven years in the NBA but a legit first rounder, I think not. Let’s put it this way: there was a reason why he was so far off the radar for practically every GM and scout – he’s a journeyman that relies on hustle and effort, and is good enough to contribute about five points or so in maybe 15 minutes per night.
The Saint Mary’s College men’s basketball team will be nervous for most of Selection Sunday until about 3 o’clock pacific time, which is when the Gaels are set to find out their fate, and whether the West Coast Conference second-place team led by the guard combination of senior Matthew Dellavadova and junior Stephen Holt, a Filipino-American from Portland, Oregon, will make this year’s NCAA Tournament.
I see them squeaking in as a nine or ten seed but getting matched up against what is sure to be a brutally tough opponent, one that just like them are lucky to be there and playing to see the next day. They have a good shot at winning their first round game but anything after that is a crap shoot.
The upcoming tournament has all the makings of perhaps being the most topsy-turvy Big Dance yet.
Holt, who has struggled at times during the regular season finding his offensive rhythm (especially from long range), turned in an excellent game against the No. 1 ranked team in the country last week, when the Gaels faced conference foe Gonzaga in the championship game of the WCC Tournament.An honorable mention all-conference player for the second straight year, Holt logged 39 minutes in the Gaels 51-65 loss to the Bulldogs at the Orleansd Arena in Las Vegas. He was the team’s only guy on the court with a hot hand. The 6-foot-4 Pinoy scored 19 points to go along with his 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. (From Gameplan)
Alarmed by China's extensive reclamation in reefs in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), four influential U.S. Senate leaders have called for "specific actions" to slow down or to stop Beijing's "aggressive" moves in the disputed areas.
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, urged America to come up with a comprehensive U.S. strategy for addressing China's increasingly assertive conduct in maritime areas at the expense of smaller Southeast Asian claimants, including the Philippines.
In a letter to State Secretary John Kerry and Defense Secretary Ash Carter, the senators warned that the simultaneous reclamation and building activities at different sites could place "longstanding interests of the United States, as well as our allies and partners, stand at considerable risk."
MILPITAS (Silicon Valley, CA) – The father of 17-year old Christian Rasner, who was assaulted March 19 at a mall by unidentified assailants and had to be put in induced coma, told his son is in stable condition but is certainly not out of the woods yet.
A 78-year-old Filipina from Magna, Utah, who lives in a low-income apartment complex for seniors, hit a $10.7 million slot machine jackpot at the Westgate Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday (March 14).