The first day of the CNMI's premier golf event, the 17th Annual Tournament of Champions, kicks off tomorrow with about 200 players from the CNMI, Guam, Korea, and Guam.
“Many sponsors have stepped up their generosity this year to contribute to more than $300,000 in possible prizes for this weekend's event, making this one of the biggest Tournament of Champions in its 17-year history,” said tournament director Ben Babauta.
“In fact, Microl Toyota recently confirmed that it is donating a brand new 2013 Toyota Venza as a hole-in-one prize, adding to the other vehicles already donated by Triple J and Joeten Motors for hole-in-one prizes,” added Babauta.
The 17th Tournament of Champions will be played at the Laolao Bay Golf Resort's east and west courses tomorrow, Aug. 4, and Sunday, Aug. 5.
Hundreds of thousands worth of possible prizes include hole-in-one prizes valued at $50,000 on both the east and west courses courtesy of AON Insurance, and another $20,000 hole-in-one prize from Bank of Hawaii. Other hole-in-one prizes include a 2012 Ford Fiesta from Joeten Motors and a 2013 Hyundai Elantra from Triple J Motors.
Saipan Laolao Golf Resort is also offering one year of free golf as another hole-in-one prize, and 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.
In addition, 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.
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.
Registration for the two-day tournament is $175, which includes a lunch banquet on the second day. Please register before 12pm today, Aug. 3, 2012, by submitting registration form and registration fee at 2nd Floor DFS Galleria or at Saipan Laolao Bay Golf Resort. For more information about the event, contact Ben Babauta at 483-2563 or Marida Pensader at 236-2530.