Dela Cruz gets MGA August Ace


Joey Dela Cruz gets ready for a shot during an off-island tournament. (Contributed Photo)

Marianas Golf Association vice president Joey Dela Cruz took the MGA August Ace last Saturday at the Kingfisher Golf Links.

The 11-handicapper fired a 40 on the front and improved his scores on the back with a 36 for a gross 76 and net 65. Dela Cruz finished second behind Chris Leon Guerrero in the low net category and since the latter had already secured the June Ace, the former was handed this month’s title. Deleon Guerrero, who had a 24 handicap, carded a gross 87 and net 63 after drilling a 47 in the first nine holes and 40 in the last.

Junior golfer Sebastian Camacho rounded out the Top 3 in after registering a net 68. The 6-handicapper showed consistency at the Talafofo course with his par of 37s for a gross 74, the second-best score in the 23-field. Harry Nakamura, who landed at fourth place in the low net category, had the lowest gross with a 2-under par 70 as he tallied a 36 on the front and 34 on the back. Nakamura also posted a net 68, but lost the battle for third to Camacho via scorecard.

Vicente “Guelo” Rosario uses his Chamorro sling to play the whole 18 holes in the Kingfisher Golf Links during the Marianas Golf Association August Ace of the Month Tournament last Saturday. (Contributed Photo)

Rounding out last Saturday’s participants in the MGA August Ace of the Month Tournament were John Sablan (net 69), Ned Norita (70), Mel Sablan (71), Isaac Aguon (71), Dung Tenorio (72), Patrick George (72), Calvin Yamagishi (72), Shine Tenorio (76), James Benavente (77), Benjie Pangelinan (77), Victor Salas (77), Herman Kintol (77), J.J, Atalig (78), Jeff Tomokane (81), Don Hallmark (81), Patrick Guerrero (82), Eric David (83), and John Terlaje (86).

In the closest to the pin contest, Atalig won in hole Nos. 8 and 15, while Nakamura and Shine Tenorio prevailed on No. 12 and 6, respectively.

Chamorro sling in golf course
MGA had a guest player for the August tournament with Vicente “Guelo” Rosario showing up at the course and playing the whole 18 holes using his Chamorro sling and sling-stone shaped golf balls.

Meanwhile, MGA also welcomed two new members—Terlaje and Guerrero—during last weekend’s competition and encouraged interested players to join the group. MGA’s season just started in May, so player still have several chances to play in the association’s monthly tournaments. Membership fees are only $40 for newcomers and $30 for returnees.


Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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