5 chances to qualify in golf tryout final round


Local golfers who wanted to join the open tryout for the CNMI men’s national team will have five chances to qualify for the final round.

Ed Peters made the clarification after the confusion that came out in an earlier report that the tryout will only be held for only one day with the first 30 golfers to register qualified to play.

“I just wanted to clarify that there will be five rounds. The first round, on Saturday, we’re limiting the participants to 30 since Coral Ocean Point is fully booked on that day,” said Peters, who is supervising the open tryout.

The first of the five rounds is set this Saturday at Coral Ocean Point Golf Resort. Registration starts at 10am, while teeoff time will be one hour later. The open tryout will follow a gross play format for 18 rounds.

Peters said all the five tryout rounds will be held every Saturday with the next one scheduled on Jan. 31 also at Coral Ocean Point with the same times. The next three rounds will be on Feb. 7, 14, and 21 at Kingfisher Golf Links with registration and shotgun times at 10 and 11am.

A $100 fee will be collected in the first day of the tryouts and after the green fee is deducted, the remaining money will serve as start-up fund for the team.

Peters said that after this weekend’s tryout, participants will only pay the green fee and an additional $20 for Team CNMI’s fund. COP’s green fee is $25, while Peters will still ask Kingfisher of their green fee.

The Top 12 golfers after the five rounds will qualify in the next stage where they will play another five rounds. The Top 5 golfers, including one alternate, after the final qualifying stage will make up Team CNMI and represent the Commonwealth in the 2015 Pacific Games.

The 15th edition of the quadrennial event is set from July 4 to 18 in Papua New Guinea with the Royal Port Moresby Golf Club in the National Capital District hosting the event. There will be two days of practice rounds, while competition proper will run for four days. Teams will fight for 12 medals at stake in the men’s and women’s singles and the men’s and women’s team events.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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