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Friday, April 25, 2014

Japanese newspaper to hold annual golf tourney on Saipan

The Sanyo Shimbun Co., Ltd general manager Shinichi Fujiwara, right, and Sanyo Shimbun general manager Yoshihiro Nishiyama, second from right, pose with Marianas Visitors Authority managing director Perry Tenorio, left, and R&C general manager Takayuki Tanaka at Hyatt Regency Saipan’s Giovanni’s last Sunday. (Mark Rabago) Sanyo Shimbun, a newspaper with a circulation of over 460,000 in Okayama, Japan, has chosen Saipan as the site of its annual golf tournament this year.

The Sanyo Shimbun Co., Ltd general manager Shinichi Fujiwara and Sanyo Shimbun general manager Yoshihiro Nishiyama were on Saipan over the weekend to meet with their tour agent, R&C Tours Saipan Inc., as well as Marianas Visitors Authority managing director Perry Tenorio.

The Sanyo Shimbun Amateur Golf Tournament will be held on Nov. 30, 2013, at the Laolao Bay Golf & Resort.

Speaking through R&C general manager Takayuki Tanaka, who served as interpreter, the two Sanyo Shimbun officials said they will be bringing in about 100 people from Japan, which includes golfers and their families. Broken down, that’s about 60 men and 40 women.

Fujiwara and Nishiyama said that Sanyo Shimbun chose Saipan to host this year’s golf tournament because they’ve been hearing a lot of positive feedback about the island’s golf courses. They said they were told that Saipan’s golf courses are first class.

In previous years, the Sanyo Shimbun Amateur Golf Tournament was held in Guam and Hawaii.

Fujiwara and Nishiyama said that Guam’s Leo Palace hosted the event from 2006 to 2008 before it moved to Hawaii in 2009. The U.S. territory’s Mangilao Golf Club then was home for the tournament the past three years, 2010-2012.

Some members of the group are also expected to try out the island’s other golf courses—Coral Ocean Point Golf Resort and Kingfisher Golf Links.
There will also be optional tours available that will take them to popular tourists sites in Marpi like Banzai Cliff, Suicide Cliff, Last Command Post, The Grotto, the Japanese Peace Memorial, and Bird Island Lookout.

Sanyo Shimbun is a Japanese language daily newspaper published by The Sanyo Shimbun Co., Ltd. It was founded on Jan. 4, 1879.

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