Nick Sablan subdues super senior flight

Ronald McDonald House of Charities Golf Tournament super senior flight champion Nick Sablan

Super senior flight champion Nick Sablan, fourth from left, poses with, from left, tournament director Vicente “Ben” Babauta, McDonald’s Guam and Saipan co-owner Marcia Ayuyu, second place Benjamin Jones Sr., McDonald’s Guam and Saipan owner Jose “Joe” Ayuyu, and third placer Tony Satur during the awards banquet of the inaugural Ronald McDonald House of Charities Golf Tournament last Saturday at the Laolao Bay Golf & Resort. (MARK RABAGO)

Despite his putting game going AWOL, Nick Sablan still dominated the super seniors flight of the inaugural Ronald McDonald House of Charities Golf Tournament last Saturday at the Laolao Bay Golf & Resort.

The 69-year-old former national golfer came away with a 7-over 79 on the strength of a 38 in the front and a 41 in the back nine to rule the mighty man’amko category of the tournament.

“I’m happy because at least I beat all my friends,” said Sablan, who added that he’s glad that tournament organizers decided to split the division into seniors and super seniors.

Sablan, who picked up the sport in his late 20s, said despite his struggles in the green he’s just happy to have come out on top of the super seniors.

“I only made one birdie. It was a scrambling game today. I cannot putt. I tried to do the best of a bad situation.”

Sablan added that conditions at Laolao Bay Golf & Resort were pretty good last Saturday, but it didn’t help with his faulty putting.

“If I could only putt it would’ve been better. At least I got to challenge the younger guys,” he said.

Coming in second in the super senior flight was Benjamin Jones Sr. with his 82 (42-40). Jones was earlier heckled by one of the players for having a higher score than his wife, Sherlyn, who came in second in the ladies flight with an 81. His witty rebuttal was classic though, as he told the heckler, “My score is still better than your’s” Third place in the super seniors went to CNMI Hall of Famer Tony Satur with his 85 (43-42).

Established in 1987, the Ronald McDonald House Charities has helped over 38,000 families from the CNMI, Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands, Palau, and Hawaii. It’s not directly affiliated with McDonald’s Corp. or any of its restaurants and relies heavily on the support of the community to continue delivering services for those in need.

Mark Rabago | Associate Editor
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