by Will Tigley
Two local Filipino golfers made the world stage this year, representing Canada in the Audi Quattro Cup World Finals 2018 in Kitzbuhel, Austria.
The chance to compete was a dream for Fred Molina and Leo Casuga.
“It was a very humbling and the best experience of our lives to compete in Austria and to represent Canada,” says Molina.
The journey to Austria started with a tournament in July with Molina getting invited to participate in the Audi Royal Oak Quattro Cup in Bearspaw. Inviting Casuga to be his partner, the duo ended up qualifying for Audi Quattro Cup Nationals in Morell, Prince Edward Island in August. It was their success at Nationals that got Molina and Casuga the chance to compete in the international cup on September 23 to 27.
Molina is still amazed that he and Casuga were the champions chosen to go to Austria. They were among 43 other pairs representing nations from across the world. In the end, Molina and Casuga placed 5th in the A Division of the competition.
“It was fun in Canada, but definitely more difficult in Austria,” says Molina. “There were some very good European players.”
A trip of a lifetime, the chance for Molina and Casuga to compete was paid for by the Audi Quattro Cup. Molina made sure he took time while overseas to stay an extra week in Austria with his wife.
The experience has given Molina a taste of what international competition has to offer.
“If we get invited again, we’ll do it,” says Molina.