Arguably the youngest participant in the Northern Marianas College Foundation’s 14th Annual Golf Tournament, junior golfer Edward Lee packs a powerful strike that rivals those decades beyond his age group.
The 13-year-old Lee ruled the Championship Flight of the tournament held on the east course of the Laolao Bay Golf & Resort last Saturday after shooting a 5-over par 77. He fired a 39 on the front nine and a 38 on the back to prevail against six other golfers in his division.
Ryan Kim, who came in at second place with his 7-over par 79, recorded a 42 on the front nine and a 37 on the back. He beat Daryl Poe through the scorecard tiebreak. Poe matched Kim’s score after carding a 43 on the front nine and 36 on the back.
A Flight first placer Soo Lim Sung came up with a 10-over par 82, logging 39 on the front nine and 43 on the back to beat Frank Sablan. Sablan posted a 12-over par 84, recording a 45 on the front nine and 39 on the back. Dave Largent rounded out the Top 3 after scoring a 14-over par 86, built around his 39 on the front nine and 47 on the back.
In the B Flight, Kwom Oh Tae fired an 8-over par 80 with his 40s on both nines to rule the field. Benjamin Maborang was ranked second with his 12-over par 84 and 42s on both nines. Third placer Daniel Quitugua hit a 13-over par 85, scoring a 43 on the front nine and 42 on the back.
C Flight winners were led by champion and former CNMI governor Juan N. Babauta, who came up with a 13-over par 85. He beat second placer Luis Cepeda in scorecard tiebreak. Babauta scored 41 in his first nine holes and 44 in his last, while Cepeda made a 43 on the front nine and 42 on the back. Third placer John Compton got a 15-over par 87, with a 42 on the front nine and 45 on the back.
Seniors’ Flight was no slouch as Joe “Kamikaze” Camacho led the pack with 4-over par 76 after posting a pair of 38s. He beat hole-in-one winner Jang Hyew Duck, who after sinking the par-3, 130 yard hole No. 6, ended up with a 5-over par 77 (40 on the front nine and 37 on the back). Joung Park came in at third with his 6-over par 78—37 on the front nine and 41 for the back.
Meanwhile, in the Ladies Flight, Chang Hee Yoo topped the Low Gross category with her 9-over par 81, while Shiori Onoue was the Low Net winner.
The champion in each flight went home with $500 cash, while the second and third finishers got $300 and $200, respectively.