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MCG eyes biggest amateur golf tourney in Clark

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MABALACAT CITY — Mayor Crisostomo “Cris” Garbo has set his eyes on hosting what he considers the biggest amateur invitational golf tournament, “the first-ever,” in Clark.

This, Garbo broached during the Metro Clark Advisory Council (MCAC) meeting on Aug. 30.

Dubbed the “Metro Clark Invitational Golf,” the tournament is aimed to promote Mabalacat City and the other Metro Clark areas of Angeles City and Porac in Pampanga and Tarlac City, Bamban, and Capas in Tarlac, said Garbo. 

Some 2,500 players from the Philippines and other countries like USA, Australia, and South Africa are targeted to participate, he added. 

“Aside from boosting tourism, we want to show how beautiful and secure our place is before local and international players,” the mayor noted.  

With the planned tournament in September next year, the tourism industry will be getting a boost, particularly passenger traffic as Garbo expects golfers to utilize the Clark International Airport for domestic and international flights. He also sees a surge in hotel occupancy, restaurant patronage, and tour packages in the area.

Slated a few months after Clark’s hosting of MICECON next year, the Metro Clark Invitational Golf, will be patterned after prestigious golf tournaments in the country like the PAL Interclub and the Fil-Am Invitational Golf Tournament.

The mayor added that negotiations for the Metro Clark Invitation Golf with Mimosa, Sun Valley, and Korea Country Club golf courses are ongoing.

Clark Development Corp. president and CEO Atty. Agnes VST Devanadera and MCAC mayors welcomed the planned sporting event. Press release

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