Former Philippine Junior Golf (jungolf) champion Oliver Gan emerged as the top vote-getter following the long-delayed election of the organization held Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Orchard Golf and Country Club in Dasmarinas, Cavite.

Gan, former program officer for NCR at the Philippine Sports Institute (PSI) – a branch under the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) – received 143 votes as his Team OGAN or Outstanding Golfers Achievement Nationwide took the first eight positions for the 14 elected directors.

The board of the Junior Golf Foundation of the Philippines (JGFP) is composed of 15 trustees, including the chairman emeritus, which is a permanent position. Gan said the position of chairman emeritus has been scratched, although Gerry  Handog – formerly chairman emeritus – will be the chairman.

The 15 trustees will elect the JGFP president.

“We’re very happy with the results of course, but now it’s time to work. There is much work to be done at the JGFP,” said Gan, a one time golf advisor at the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) under then chairman Baham Mitra.

“We fully understand that it’s an uphill challenge with the new board of directors, particularly for the incoming president which the board will elect. But we are up to the challenge, and as I’ve mentioned, we want change and improvement. That’s what we intend to do,” he added.

Gan, currently vice president for sports of the Xavier School alumni board, has been vocal in his bid to lead the JGFP.

Also earning spots at the JGFP board from Team OGAN are Mariel Macasaet (142), Aurelio Gomez (140), Ely Saludar (138), Baltaire Balanguan (137), Jun Cedo (137), AJ Adivisio (134) and Lue de Guzman (131).

Joining them are from Team PLAY of former JGFP chief Nicky Ng, including Charlie Go (110), Mandaluyong City Vice Mayor Menchie Abalos (106), Victor Aliwas (100), Mark Roasca (100) and Marc Young (99).

Ng failed to accumulate enough votes (91) to keep her position in the JGFP board.

Gan has said that the main reason he decided to seek a position in the JGFP board is his desire to give back to golf and help in the development of the junior golfers in the country.

“We want to help and we also want to improve the quality (of junior golf) so we can produce junior golfers who can compete for titles in international events,” said Gan, whose support system during the proxy voting is led by his wife Han Gaisano Gan.

Source: Manila Bulletin (