By Adrian Flores
Baguio—Organizers of the Fil-Am Golf Invitational have dropped their COVID-19 testing requirement but said participants would still need to present proof of vaccinations and boosters.
Fil-Am co-chairpersons Anthony de Leon of Baguio Country Club and Jude Eustaquio of Camp John Hay Golf Club announced the good news in a press conference Wednesday at the spanking new museum at BCC.
However, they said they remain attentive to the virus, including the new variants to ensure safety of the participants. “Players will need to submit proof of full vaccinations and boosters. They cannot play without them,” said De Leon.
“Those who exhibit or manifest symptoms of the coronavirus must undergo RT-PCR tests for confirmation and immediate full disclosure. If in case a player fails to declare his true state of health, it would mean an automatic disqualification,” he added.
For his part, Eustaquio said: “Our health and safety committee is instrumental in crafting a system that we will be following for the three-week event.”
A total of 1,200 golfers comprising 240 teams, both in the seniors and regular divisions, are joining the tournament.