MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine duo of Hubert Lim and Tootsie de Jesus successfully defended the country's championship in the 12th Jack Nicklaus International Invitational (JNII), which was held recently at the New Albany Country Club, just outside of Columbus, Ohio on the Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course.
Known as the Tournament of Champions, the international finals of the JNII bring together the winners of national events held over the past 12 months in select countries.
This year, teams from five countries advanced to play in the 36-hole international final sponsored by the Nicklaus Companies.
Lim and de Jesus finished with a net 6-under score, enough to hold off a valiant effort from the all-woman Korean team of Jeung Sik Kim and Jin Hee Park, who played the second day at 5-under.
The Koreans had been hoping to become the first female team to win the Tournament of Champions, but the Filipinos held on for the country's fourth title in the event.
"I'm mentally drained," de Jesus admitted after their win.
"The Koreans were like a machine," added Lim. "We couldn't put them away. The emotions that you feel at this event, and the friendships that you make around the work makes this an awesome experience."
The JNII is a two-person team competition for recreational players of all skill levels who get to experience competitive golf in a relaxed, social atmosphere that promotes camaraderie and interest in the game.
Players who enter national JNII events get to play top courses in tournament-like conditions, and a chance to win great prizes – including an expense-paid VIP trip to play for their country in the Tournament of Champions and watch the Memorial Tournament.
National events for the 13th edition of the JNII have already begun, with the final Tournament of Champions slated for late May 2019.
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