Edward C. Sablan secured a slot to the club championship after taking the Saipan Golfers Association’s August Ace last Sunday.
Sablan delivered a net 69 to finish second behind Steve Balakrishna (net 68) and two shots ahead of Ben Lizama (net 71). Balakrishna had already won the July Ace, allowing Sablan to notch the August plum and qualify for the SGA Ace of Aces.
The 20-handicapper Sablan was pretty consistent with his game on the east course of the Laolao Bay Golf & Resort after firing a 44 on the front and 45 on the back for a gross 89. Balakrishna, on the other hand, had a strong start with his even par 36 in the first nine holes before the 11-handicapper slowed down in the last with a 43 for a gross 79. Lizama, a 18-handicapper, had a pair of 45s for a gross 90.
Balakrishna’s best net scores in the SGA August Ace tournament was highlighted by two closest to the pin shots—on the par-3s, 150-yard No. 6 and 122-yard No. 15. Nick Sablan and Jung Eun Teack were the other closest to the pin winners, achieving the fete on the 150-yard No. 4 and 170-yard No. 11, respectively. Sablan also had a longest drive shot on the par-5, 502-yard No. 8, while Rene Batallones made the same shot on the par-4, 257-yard No. 5.
Meanwhile, with the August Ace tournament completed, SGA is slowly catching up with its monthly competitions, which have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Next up for SGA is the September Ace event, which is scheduled for this Sunday, Nov. 8, also at the Laolao Bay Golf & Resort.
Excluding this weekend’s competition, SGA will hold three more events to complete the SGA Ace of Aces’ cast, which already has Attorney General Edward Manibusan (January Ace), Teack (February), Nick Sablan (March), Juan “Pan” Guerrero (April), Das Krishnan (May), Larry Deleon Guerrero (June), Steve Balakrishna (July), and Edward Sablan (August).