Local golfers who will be teeing off at this weekend's Tournament of Champions will be joined by players from Japan, Korea, and Guam to heighten the event's excitement.
“The anticipation continues to build for this year's tournament, especially with many off-island players arriving this week to join us,” said Ben Babauta, tournament director. “We have confirmed that 10 players will be joining us from Japan, one from Korea, and 30 from Guam. There will also be players flying in from Rota and Tinian for the tournament.”
“The Tournament of Champions is well known in the region, and its popularity continues to grow every year,” Babauta added.
According to him, more than 200 golfers are expected for the 17th Tournament of Champions, which will be played at the Laolao Bay Golf Resort's east and west courses on Aug. 4 and 5.
Babauta emphasized that the two-day event is bigger and better than ever with exciting hole-in-one prizes and the chance to win thousands of dollars in possible prizes. The TOC tournament fee is $175.
First place winners in the Men's Championship, A, B, C, Senior and Super Senior Flights will each receive $500 cash, $400 for second, $300 for third, a digital camera to fourth, and $100 DFS gift certificate for fifth place.
The Ladies Low Gross champion will receive $500, $400 for second, and $300 for third place. The first, second, and third place winners of the Ladies Low Net will receive a trophy.
Over $300,000 worth of prizes is at stake in the two-day tournament, including hole-in-one prizes worth $50,000 on both the east and west courses courtesy of AON Insurance. The Bank of Hawaii also confirmed that it is sponsoring another hole-in-one prize of $20,000. Other hole-in-one prizes include a 2012 Ford Fiesta from Joeten Motors, a 2013 Hyundai Elantra from Triple J Motors, and a 2013 Toyota Venza from Microl Toyota.
Additionally, Saipan Laolao Golf & Resort is offering one year of free golf as another hole-in-one prize, while Delta Airlines is also contributing business class airfares to the U.S. mainland as yet an additional hole-in-one prize. The tournament will also be featuring $1,000 cash prizes for closest to pin competitions.
Since its inception, TOC has given over $500,000 to the Saipan Beautification Fund which has gone directly to the improvements of the tree-lined traffic medians that stretch from Garapan to the former Palm Resort Saipan, as well as the revitalization of the Garapan special district. In addition, TOC also contributed funds for the Paseo de Marianas, the lighting of the Saipan Beach Pathway, and most recently the beautification of the Port to Park pathway.
For more information about sponsorship opportunities for the 2012 TOC, contact Babauta at 483-2563 or Marida Pensader at 236-2530. (PR)