Alex Tudela and Eun Ae Chang were hailed winners of the Senior and Ladies flights, respectively, of Docomo Pacific's 3rd Annual Golf Classic held last Saturday at Kingfisher Golf Links in Talafofo.
Tudela bested a stout Senior class of 41 entrants, while Chang squeaked out a win over a Ladies field of 20.
Tudela finished his round with a raw 77 that worked into a field-low net score of 60 after his 8-handicap and nine high-low deductions were factored.
He narrowly edged out runner-up George Moses by just a stroke. Moses scratched a round of 82 that turned into a net 60 after his 12-handicap and nine high-low deductions were calculated into his net count.
Juan Pan Guerrero came out on the short end of a tiebreaker with Moses and settled for third place. Guerrero carded a 91 that was trimmed down to a 61 after factoring his 21-handicap and nine high-low deduction.
Chang, meanwhile, finished her round with a gross 94 that was shaved down to a 59 net total after her 25-handicap and 10 high-low deduction adjustments were taken into account.
She held off runner-up Yuni Park by a stroke, while Sherlyn Jones' 87 gross filtered into a 63 net that narrowly beat out Matilde Hocog via scorecard tiebreaker.
In other results, Sen. Pete Reyes (R-Saipan) bested 22 other B Flight golfers with a gross tally of 85 that worked into a 59 net score.
Young up-and-comer Luther Taylor edged out Diego Benavente in a tight battle for second place.
Both golfers grossed an 86 and both held identical handicap and high-low factors of 15 and 10. However, Taylor seized second prize after four playoff holes.
Ernest Sablan topped the 19-player C Flight with an 84 gross total that was trimmed down to a 50 net score.
Eleven-year-old Jun Suk Kim came out on top of a nice battle for second place over veteran Joe Itibus.
Kim jotted down an 88 and came out with a 54-net score that mirrored Itubus, and although the latter held a stronger stroke play total of 84, Kim came out on the topside of the tiebreaker.
In addition, closest to the pin winners included Senior golfer Eli Benaventure in hole No. 6 (2'10”), B Flight's Shinya Miyamoto in hole No. 8 (5'10”), B Flight's Leo M Ganacias in hole No. 12 (14'5”), and C Flight's Colin Reyes in hole No. 15 (4'1”). The side pot winners each received $100.
All first place winners won $300, while $200 went to the runners-up and $100 to third placers. A total of 135 golfers turned out for the tourney, which was held to raise funds for the Marianas Tourism Education Council's MY Wave youth program.
The My Wave program is a voluntary program organized by teachers that educates students about the importance of tourism to the local economy.
MY Wave is an acronym that stands for: Marianas-Youth-Welcome-All-Visitors-Enthusiastically.
Tourism is the main source of revenue for the CNMI and MTEC's goal is to prepare future generations who want to enter into the industry and begin fruitful careers.
Notably, Docomo president and CEO Jay Shedd, general manager James Nelson, and newly-hired CTO Atsunori Kubota were also on hand to present the prizes to the winners.
The trio addressed the crowd and announced future plans of improving its services after recently acquiring Marianas Cable Vision.
Although there were no hole-in-one winners over the weekend a multitude of raffle prizes, provided by 36 different sponsors, were handed out during the awards banquet held after the tournament.