HANMI Golf Classic draws over 130


HANMI officials and members join the Top 5 winners in the 17th Annual HANMI Charity Golf Classic during the awards ceremony for the tournament last Saturday at the Hibiscus Hall of the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

More than 130 registered for the 17th Annual HANMI Charity Golf Classic held last Saturday on the east course of the Laolao Bay Golf & Resort.

Korean Jong Bong Won was among them and went on to top the blackjack double-peoria tournament after posting a net 71. The 12-handicapper shot a 42 on the front nine and a 41 on the back for a gross 83 to rule the competition and receive $500 plus a one-night stay at Kensington Hotel.

Four other golfers took home $500 and each got a one-night accommodation at HANMI-member hotel for joining Won in the Top 5. The list includes Yong Tae Kim (net 71.40), Yong Sook Kwon (71.60), Steve Balakrishna (71.60), and Thompson Palik (71.60).

Meanwhile, HANMI also handed out $300 and $200 cash prizes to the No. 6 to No. 10 finishers and No. 11 to 15, respectively.

Junior golfer Edward Lee was ranked sixth with his net 72 (field-best gross 71), followed by Federico Flores, Ned Norita, Ben Pelisamen, Steve Jang, Edward Manglona, Frank Sablan, Franco Santos, Yang Kim, and Dennis Yoshimoto.

In the closest to the pin contest, Freddie Cataluna, Martine Duenas, Frank Sablan, and Ray Villagomez prevailed in hole Nos. 4, 6, 11, and 15, respectively. Rene Batallones had the aggressive drive on No. 8, while the aggressive driveline honors on No. 13 went to Mike Cruz, and the longest drive belonged to Joe Saures on No. 18. Mario Peter completed the optional play winners list with his accurate drive circle on No. 2.

“We would like to thank all the players, the volunteers, and of course our generous sponsors for supporting this year’s tournament. Without their continued support, we will not be able to hold a successful tournament year after year,” tournament chair Ty Pauling said.

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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