By Junex Doronio
TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite — Sending a message that there are no sacred cows under his administration, Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla on Wednesday announced the indefinite closure of an elite golf course, of which his family are members of its club, for conducting an unauthorized tournament in violation of mass gatherings in sporting events.
The governor disclosed that last week, 91 members of the Sherwood Hills Golf Club along Governor’s Drive in this city conducted an unauthorized “tournament” in the guise of a “Member’s Day” event.
“The members tried to circumvent the rules by claiming that there were no trophies, awards, scorecards nor prizes. They made it appear that only token gifts were provided to the participants,” Remulla said on his Facebook post.
The governor issued an executive order on Tuesday, September 22, stating the indefinite closure of the Sherwood Hills Golf course for violating the rule of the Inter-Agency Task Force Task Force (IATF) on mass gatherings that exceeds 50 percent of its supposed attendance.
He further bared that the participants played in a “Shot-Gun” format to begin play.
The governor reminded that IATF prohibits mass gatherings in sporting events beyond the 50% rule. He added that spectators in all non-contact sports and exercises shall be prohibited, thus organized play is not allowed under quarantine.
“The claim of the club that no tournament was conducted was clearly disingenuous and dishonest because of the organizational efforts made to conduct the same,” Remulla said.
He also expressed belief that the intent of the organizers from the beginning was to conduct a tournament but was disguised at the last minute in order to evade sanctions.
“My family has substantial current real estate holdings in the development of the golf course. I personally used to frequent the club to enjoy its amenities but have not played since the pandemic started,” the governor candidly admitted.
Remulla, however, clarified that the club management did not ask for “special considerations” despite their relationship and proximity.