Matt Deets and Tiberius Mocanu emerged as the lucky winners in MARPAC 40th Anniversary Golf Tournament held last Saturday at the Laolao Bay Golf Resort.
The pair shot a net 74 and though their score was not a field best, the duo still took the top prize in the two-man scramble double Peoria tournament as they finished No. 40 (representing MARPAC’s 40 years in the business) in the rankings. Deets and Mocanu, who had a 6 handicap, were consistent with their game in the weekend competition, carding 40s on both nines for a gross score of 80.
Joining Deets and Mocanu in the winner’s circle were the Top 9 finishers in the first-ever MARPAC-hosted golf event.
Veterans Nick Sablan and Rick Kautz teamed up for a net 69.80 to post the best score among 71 pairs. They shot a 31 and 34 on the front and back nines for a gross 65. The top finisher registered a -4.80 handicap.
In second place were the tandem of former Superior Court presiding judge Edward Manibusan and Ray San Nicolas, who logged a net 70, built from their 35s on both nines and 0 handicap. Coming in at close third were Joey Dela Cruz and J.J. Atalig, who registered a net 70.20. The two Marianas Golfers Association members fired a 36 in the first nine holes and improved their performance in the last nine with a 33.
There was a tie for fourth place with Joe Limes and Harry Nakamura edging Rene Batallones and Manny Alvarez. The Nakamura-Limes duo had a 39 and 35 on the front and back nines, respectively for a gross 74, but minus its 3.60 handicap, the pair ended up with a net 70.40. Batallones and Alvarez, who had a -2.40 handicap, had the same net score after a pair of 34s.
Two more teams tied for sixth spot. Martin Sablan and Ray Demapan shot 42s for a net 70.80, deducting their 13.20 handicap, while Geon Lee and Sean Lee, who held a -10.80 handicap, had 28 and 32 on the front and back nines for the lowest gross (60) in the field and same net score.
Completing the Top 9 were the pairs of Guam’s Ray Quintanilla and former lieutenant goveror Diego Benavente and Adam Hardwicke and Luther Taylor, who both posted a net 71 and 0 handicap. Quintanilla and Benavente recorded a 35 in the first nine holes and 36 in the last, while Taylor and Hardwicke did the opposite with their 36 and 35 on the front and back nines, respectively.
The Top 9 finishers and Deets and Mocanu received in-kind prizes during the awards ceremony for the tournament held last Saturday night at the Magellan of the Pacific Islands Club.