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Clubs, ranges brace for ‘Yuka fever’



Top golf clubs expect a significant surge in player turnouts in the next few days, weeks or months as the “Yuka fever” heightens following Yuka Saso’s historic major title run in the US Women’s Open in San Francisco last Sunday.

The government’s recent decision, easing up restrictions for the minors to play golf, is also seen to further boost the sport, considered as the game in pandemic, and lure more and more players, young and old alike, to the various clubs and driving ranges.

“Yuka’s awesome performance will surely inspire young Filipinas to go for their dreams,” said Jerome Delariarte, golf director of the Manila Southwoods, one of the most frequented venues of golfers of all classes and status for its well-kept range and top swing coaches and instructors.

“Her humble and gracious personality does make her a great role model for our juniors.”

Erwin Vinluan, director of golf operations of Wack Wack Golf and Country Club, another topnotch venue for young and weekend golfers, said Saso’s triumph sparked the popularity of the sport.
“We do expect a surge of players and the ones who want to pick up the sport due to Yuka’s victory,” Vinluan said.

“Not only to the young golfers but also to our regular members. Her win only proved that Filipinos can win and succeed in international play.”

Vinluan also took notice of Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ latest directive, allowing the minors to finally play, saying: “This will really boost the sport in terms of drawing new, young players.”

He also noted that a number of members halted play then rushed to the clubhouse upon learning that Saso had figured in a playoff and others delayed their tee-off times to watch the ICTSI-backed ace’s historic win.

“I’m hoping that juniors get inspired by Yuka’s win and start playing golf,” said Bobby Chico, general manager of the posh Splendido Taal Golf Club in Tagaytay while the Ayala Greenfield in Laguna is also bracing for a wave of players in the coming weeks, according to general manager Buddy Resureccion.