Northern Marianas Badminton Association is squeezing in an open tournament in its calendar of events this season.
NMBA president Jerry Tan made the announcement about the additional competition this year during the awards ceremony for the group’s third event of the season—the Shirley’s Badminton Classic—last week at Nami in Kanoa Resort. Tan added the open tournament is tentatively set for next month or a few weeks before NMBA holds the Traders Insurance Badminton Team Tournament.
As the name of the tournament suggest, NMBA players can choose their partners for the competition and players in different classes are allowed to compete in one division. NMBA implements a club system in its regular tournaments and only players in the same club are allowed to team up. In singles tournaments, players are divided in classes, A, B, and C.
Meanwhile, players went home with multiple medals during the awards ceremony for the Shirley’s Badminton Classic.
Andreau Galvez took both the singles and doubles gold medals in Class A, teaming up with Jexler Caranto in the doubles. In the women’s division, Hannah Choi also notched two gold medals, partnering with Alma Ortega.
In the men’s Class B, Jordan Pangelinan was awarded the singles gold medal and the doubles, too, with Ezekiel Macario. Toshiko Obata had the same feat, winning the singles gold over Janelle Pangilinan and joining forces with Windy Fernandez.
Meanwhile, junior players Havikka Farro and Deether Edralin of Community Badminton Club were awarded the gold medals in the C singles, while the doubles plum went to the tandems of Saipan Badminton Club’s Yun Jun Lee and Jong Min Lee and Sison and Dianne Francisco. In the 35-and-above division, Ortega and Lucelle Lampera brought home the gold medals.
Medals were also awarded to the runners-up and third placers in both singles and doubles events with Susan Macario, general manager of event sponsor Shirley’s Coffee Shop, handing cash prizes, too, to the winners.