It was a perfect day for what has become one of Saipan’s most anticipated golf tournaments. The Mariana Country Club and the tournament organizers and volunteers welcomed 158 golfers from Saipan, Rota, Tinian, and Guam to the 4th Annual Docomo Pacific Golf Classic.
“It was a welcome surprise to have so many golfers turn out in support of MTEC (Marianas Tourism Education Council) and the tournament,” said Docomo Pacific Saipan general manager James Nelson.
“It was a record-setting day for the tournament with 158 golfers, the most in the tournament’s short four-year history, as well as raffle ticket sales of over $8,000, which more than doubled last year’s effort,” according to Nelson.
With more than $50,000 in prizes up for grabs, some of the lucky raffle ticket holders walked away with fabulous prizes that ranged from Gucci handbags, flat screen TV sets, golf bags, shopping sprees, over-night stays, meals, and more.
The tournament winners included a repeat champion in the ladies flight with Chang Eun Ae scoring a 54 to take first place honors. She was followed by Kim Yang (55) in second and Kim Jeong Yoon (58) in third place.
Championship honors went to J.J. Atalig with a low score of 61, with Jason Yi (63) and Nick Sablan (65) taking second and third place, respectively.
This year’s A flight champion is Rene Batallones with a score of 55 followed by Enoch Sungsoo Lim (58) winning a playoff hole against Joji Taguchi (58) to take second and third place, respectively. Joel Hocog from Rota shot a low score of 56 to take the B flight followed by yet another scorecard playoff that put Luther Taylor (59) in second place and Ulysses Kapileo (59) in third place.
Jim Arevnoski led the way in the C flight with a low score of 48 followed by yet another scorecard playoff which put John Poiroux (53) in second and Ray Santos (53) in third. In the senior’s flight, it was Rep. Tony Benavente shooting a low score of 52 to take the honors followed by Don Dunlap (56) in second and Guam’s Andy Leon Guerrero (57) in third.
“There are so many companies and individuals to thank for making this tournament a huge success. Without their support, none of the success we experienced would have been possible” say Nelson. This year’s major sponsors include; First Hawaiian Bank, DFS Saipan Ltd., Mobil, Marianas Management Corporation, Bank of Guam, Marianas Visitors Authority, and Tan Siu Lin Foundation.
The hole-in-one sponsors are Joeten Motors, Bank of Hawaii and Triple J Motors. Classic Sponsors include the Fiesta Resort, Delta Air Lines, Hyatt Regency Saipan, Pacifica Insurance, Kautz Glass, Saipan Shipping Company, DataDot Micronesia, Triple B Freight Forwarders and the Pacific Islands Club.
Media sponsors were the Saipan Tribune, Marianas Variety, Sorenson Media Group, KKMP, and KWAW 103 FM.
Refreshment sponsors included Dickerson & Quinn, Clean & Green, Pacific Trading Corp., Sorenson Pacific, and MarPac. There were also over 20 classic contributors that donated raffle prizes.
“It really is heartwarming to see the support from the business community, volunteers and participants for this worthwhile event. We must do all we can to support non-profit organizations that have a direct impact on tourism and our student community,” said Nelson.
For more information, contact James Nelson at 483-4924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Saipan Tribune)