Former CNMI junior golfer Leina Kim notched her third straight Ladies Flight win in last weekend's 17th Annual Tournament of Champions at the Laolao Bay Golf Resort.
Kim carded a two-day total of 1-over par 145 to extend her winning run in the Ladies Flight and easily beat 2009 champion Yun Jeong Kim (157). Former Ladies champion Yuko Togawa rounded out the Top 3 with her 158 (78 and 80).
The 20-year-old Leina Kim took a six-stroke lead over Yun Jeong Kim after the opening round, following the former's 1-over par 73 last Saturday. Leina Kim played better in the final round last Sunday, shooting an even par 72 for a 12-stroke win over Yun Jeong Kim, who tallied a 7-over par 79 in the opening round before improving her game a bit in the last round with her 6-over par 78.
Leina Kim's 145 was the best score in the tournament, tying the 145 of five-time Championship Flight winner Louie Sunga of Guam. Leina Kim's 145 in last Sunday's event was also six shots behind her 2011 winning score (139) and four stroke ahead of her score in 2010 (149).
Meanwhile, Emiri Sunga took the Ladies Low net top honors with her two-day total of 146. She beat Young Hee Yoo (147) and Ming Quan (148.6).
In other results, Enoch S. Lim topped the 18-player A Flight with a two-round gross of 154.
Lim actually won first place via the scorecard sudden death over Jae Yeol Jeoung (154), while Suk Eui Ko (160) rounded out the third spot. Tom McKenzie (164) and Lawrence T. Camacho (167) completed the Top 5.
Bong Chun Woo beat 40 other B Flight golfers with his 159. He defeated Jong Ho Lee by only two strokes, while Kenjo Suzuki (164), Azarcon Presciliano (166) and Takao Urasawa (168) rounded out the Top 5 winners.
The C Flight drew the most participants with 63 and it was Franco M. Santos who enjoyed bragging rights over the mob. Santos turned in an impressive 162 over the weekend to graduate into the B Flight next year.
He finished four strokes ahead of runner-up Koji Takeda (168), while Freddy Salavaria (171) edged Ben Jones Jr. (171) for third place after a sudden death scorecard adjustment, and Kazumi Matsumoto (181) settled for fifth place.
Senior Flight's Barry Wilson triumphed over a field of 20 with his 153. He fronted the pack by three strokes, finishing ahead of Frederico P. Flores (156), Toshiyuki Mori (158), Victorino F. Borja (159), and Edward Manibusan (160), who took fifth place via scorecard sudden death win over Rick Kautz.
Steve Balakrishna won the Super Seniors Flight that had 23 golfers. He had a two-round total of 161, two strokes ahead of runner-up Nick Sablan (163). In Koo Lee (164), Dae Young Yoon (168) and Frank Castro (169) completed the Top 5.
The The Top 3 finishers in the various flights (excluding ladies low net) received cash prizes with the champion getting $500, $400 to the runner-up, and $300 to the third placer. Digital cameras and $100 DFS gift cards were given to the fourth and fifth finishers, respectively.