Nick, Frances are SGA monthly Aces


Nick Sablan and Frances Sablan ruled the Saipan Golfers Association Aces of the Month held separately last September and October in different venues.

Nick Sablan ruled the August Ace of the Month that was played on Sept. 26 at the Marianas Country Club.

Sablan fired a 37 and 38 at the front and back nines to go 3-over at the par-72 golf course in Marpi. And with a 5 handicap, brought down his gross score of 75 to 70 net for a 3-shot win over Steve Balakrishna.

Balakrishna, a 9-handicapper, fired a pair of 41s for an 82 gross and a net score of 73 while Greg Sablan was one-shot back with a 74 after a 92 (46-46) and an 18 handicap.

Rick Kautz won the longest drive side event at holes No. 2 and 11, and was closest to the pin at No. 6.

Juan Lizama, Tony Guerrero, and Mariano Fajardo duplicated Kautz’s feat and were closest to the pins at the remaining par-3 holes in No. 8, 12, and 16, respectively.

Frances Sablan was the September Ace when the monthly tournament moved to Coral Ocean Golf Resort on Oct. 25.

Sablan had a 97 gross (49-48) and with a 28 handicap gave her a net score of 69 for a 3-shot victory over Jeung Eun Teack and Ed Sablan, who were tied for second with 72s

Teack had rounds of 42 and 41 for an 83 gross and with a handicap earned him that 72. Ed Sablan, on the other hand, had a 91 gross (45-46) and the 19-handicapper ended with a 72 net.

Teack clinched second place after the scorecard playoff was implemented to break the deadlock.

Kautz again had the longest drive at No. 6 while James Nelson won at No. 18. Attorney General Edward Manibusan led the closest to the pin winners in No. 3 with Jess Castro, Manny Alvarez, and Lizama each did it in holes No. 7, 12, and 14.

Nick Sablan (August) and Frances Sablan (September) now join the Manibusan (January) John “Nanni” Cruz (February), Larry Deleon Guerrero (March), Teack (April), Alex Tudela (May), Lizama (June), and Jess Castro (July) as the other SGA Ace of the Month winners.

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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