Veteran golfer Adam Hardwicke leads the first of another set of five Saturday selection rounds for the Pacific Games-bound CNMI Men’s National Golf Team held last Saturday at the Coral Ocean Point Golf Resort.
All 12 golfers who participated in the first five rounds moved on to the next round. Scores made in the five games played in the first round where not carried over and each tryout day plays 18 holes.
Final scores of last Saturday’s 18-hole event were not available at press time, but Hardwicke shot the lowest score followed by Eddie Peter, Harry Nakamura, and Franco Santos.
J.J. Atalig, the leader in the first set of five rounds, and Xerxes Camacho need to play make-up rounds in order to catch up with the frontrunners for them to keep their hopes of clinching one of the four spots on the CNMI men’s team.
Organizers of the golf tryouts would like to thank Jeff Taylor, Richard Pierce, Atty. Steve Nutting, and Mark Blackburn for coming out to play and show their support to the team that’s being formed for this year’s Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.
The CNMI Junior Golf Association, through its president Attorney General Edward Manibusan, also donated $1,000 to the men’s team’s fund.
The next tryout day is on Saturday, March 7, also at COP with registration starting at 10am and tee time at 11am. The next three will be on March 14, 21, and 28 with the venue to be announced at a latter date.
CNMI Junior Golf Program starts
In other news, the CNMI junior golf will begin its program on March 17, Tuesday, at the Lao Lao Bay Golf and Resort. The program will be held every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm to 6:30pm.
Junior golf coach and many-time CNMI men’s team member Tony Satur said they could only take the first 20 youth, ages from 7 to 16 years old, that will register under the program.
Rev. Fr. James Balajadia and Colorado State University-Pueblo standout Leina Kim are some of the prominent products of the CNMI Junior Golf Program along with Carol Lee, who shifted to tennis.
For more information, call Lao Lao Bay Golf and Resort at 2368888.