SOMETIME tomorrow FM Select channel director Larry London will tee off amidst the swaying palms of the Canlubang Country Club to the south of Manila as he defends his title at the Carlsberg Media Golf Classic.
London is obviously not planning to give up his title without a fight as we discovered when trying to get him at his office these past weeks - he seemed to be always away on the golf course, where one of his practising partners was Canton-pop star Alan Tam.
But prior to flying off to the Philippines, London met Carlsberg PR man Derek Currie and Jane Riley of the Hans Andersen Club at its centre in Diamond Hill where London presented his winner's cheque from last year's event to the children's charity.
Golfing media types from all over the region will get things started with a party by the swimming pool of Manila's Century Park Sheraton tonight. But they were very nearly turfed off this exotic setting when at the last minute the hotel planned to host a cocktail for the nubile entrants for the Miss Universe contest.
But it's all been sorted out and the bevy of international beauties will move to a location indoors instead.
On hearing of this we understand some of the golfing media men (led, naturally, by the Hong Kong contingent) grumbled that they wanted to move indoors with the girls as well.
But they were firmly reminded that while in Manila they were to keep their thoughts firmly on their swings rather than the curves of the Miss Universe contestants.