The Commonwealth Federation of Golf Associations expects 12-15 players to show up on the start of its tryouts for the CNMI National Golf Team for the 2022 Northern Marianas Pacific Mini Games this Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Coral Ocean Resort.
CFoGA social and media officer Geri Dela Cruz said interested individuals are asked to show up not only for Day 1 of tryouts but also for the rest of the four tryouts on Sept. 5, Sept. 18, Oct. 2, and Oct. 16.
The federation will be looking at forming a national team made up of two men’s players, two junior men’s players, two women’s players, and two junior women’s players.
Dela Cruz said the men will tee off from blue tees and the women from white tees at the picturesque Agingan golf resort, which had a total makeover following the devastation of Super Typhoon Yutu in 2018.
On the matter of who will be coaching the men’s and women’s national golf teams, Dela Cruz said CFoGA is still in the process of selecting them.
“There have been interested individuals for coaching, however there will be a call for coaches,” she said.
Tryout fee is $30 with green fee at $30 and Pacific Games Council eligibility rules dictate that only U.S. citizens who are CNMI residents can try out for the national team. Another eligibility requirement CFoGA included is anyone trying out should also be a member of any CFoGA-sanctioned club.
CFoGA vice president J.J. Atalig earlier told Saipan Tribune that ultimately players that will be chosen for the national team will be determined by their “low gross scores, stamina, agility, and ability to perform under stressful conditions posted after five rounds.”
Aside from Atalig and Dela Cruz, CFoGA’s officers include president Edward Manibusan, secretary/treasurer Lorraine Babauta, and golf tournament coordinators Marco Peter and Joey Dela Cruz. Peter incidentally is also the chairman of the 2022 Northern Marianas Pacific Mini Games Organizing Committee.
For more information on the CFoGA tryouts for the Mini Games, call Dela Cruz at 783-4287 and Atalig at 285-1612.