Laolao Bay offers help to CNMI golf group


Two golfers play a round at the Lao Lao Bay Golf & Resort. (Jon Perez)

Laolao Bay Golf and Resort has offered to provide an office space for the CNMI Federation of Golf Associations to give the group a place to operate and further grow the sport in the Commonwealth.

The CFGA may share the office space with the Junior Golf Association, which is being supervised by Laolao golf course operations manager Tony Satur. The facility is next to the driving range at Lao Lao Bay.

The proposal, however, is still under discussion since an air conditioner and office furniture are needed. CFGA president David Largent, during CFGA’s meeting last month, said that Satur would also suggest to Laolao Bay’s management to provide a written letter offering the office space to make the plan formal. Largent added that the CFGA would find ways to provide furniture and other equipment needed for the office along with the air conditioner. CFGA vice president and CNMI Attorney General Ed Manibusan said that he could donate a filing cabinet or a desk for the use of their group.

The group is expected to further discuss the issue about the office space in the monthly meeting set on Sept. 28, Thursday, at 5pm or once they received the written offer from Laolao Bay’s management. CFGA secretary-treasurer Ed Manglona, Satur of the Refaluwasch Golf Association and Junior Golf Program, Hiromi Marutani of SCC, Jun En Taeck of the Saipan Golfers Association, and Yuko Togawa and Sunny Kim of the CNMI Women’s Golf Association were present in last month’s meeting.

In other news, Largent also thanked the management of Saipan’s five golf courses—Coral Ocean Point, Kingfisher, Laolao Bay, Marianas Country Club, and Saipan Country Club—for their cooperation and allowing the United States Golf Association course raters from Guam to inspect their respective golf facilities.

Andy Balajadia, Joe James, Jay Huff, and Duke Delisle inspected the five golf courses last month so they could earn professional ratings under USGA standards.

The project is important to CNMI’s golf community since it would update the course ratings to see if they meet USGA’s handicapping requirements. CFGA is also looking at having the Rota Resort and Country Club get rated.

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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