Rota golfers wish to resume play


A golfer tees off at the Rota Golf & Country Club. (Contributed Photo)

The Rota Aluf Golf Association is hoping to return to action as it seeks the assistance of the Rota Resort and Country Club for securing a venue for the group’s competitions and activities.

The request was made through Sen. Paul A. Manglona (R-Rota), who sent a letter to Rota Resort and Country Club owner Hee Cho last Wednesday.

“As you may be aware, the Rota Aluf Golf Association, a non-profit organization, was established to promote youth activities in the community and schools through golf programs and competitions. With the recent lifting of many COVID-19 restrictions, the gradual resumption of domestic economic activity in all our islands, and classes being virtually held, there is no better time than today to get our young people engaged in outdoor activities, such as golf,” Manglona said.

Last Monday, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres eased the restrictions on businesses and curfew, as he made amendments to the COVID-19 emergency directives. Even before the changes were made, some establishments, including golf courses on Saipan, have resumed their operation while still observing social distancing rules.

“With social distancing measures still in place and golf being a no-contact sport, we are hoping that you will be amenable to resuming operations at the golf course, even at a minimum, such as weekend or half day operations,” Manglona said.

Saipan Tribune reached out to Rota Resort to ask for comments on the Rota Aluf Golf Association and Manglona’s request, but has yet to get a response at press time last night.

Rota Aluf Golf Association is headed by Arvin C. Ogo and has over 20 members. Before the coronavirus pandemic, the group holds monthly tournaments and also provides programs to the island’s youth.

Last year, the group had the Inaugural Aluf Luta Golf Tournament that also featured players from Saipan, Tinian, and Guam.

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.
Disclaimer: Comments are moderated. They will not appear immediately or even on the same day. Comments should be related to the topic. Off-topic comments would be deleted. Profanities are not allowed. Comments that are potentially libelous, inflammatory, or slanderous would be deleted.