SGA awards October Ace to Tudela


Alex Tudela, center, seen here flanked by two Senior Flight players during a local tournament in 2018, won the Saipan Golfers Association October Ace. (Contributed Photo)

Alex Tudela was one of the only two Saipan Golfers Association members to shoot net scores in the 60s during the October Ace tournament, allowing him to take the monthly award.

Tudela, who holds a handicap of 11, carded a 42 on the front nine of the east course of the Laolao Bay Golf & Resort and 38 on the back for a gross 80 and net 69. Matching Tudela’s net score in the 60s was Das Krishnan, who topped the Nov. 22 competition with his 64, but was disqualified from winning the October Ace, as the latter had already secured the May plum.

The 13-handicapper Krishnan posted a 38 in the first nine holes and 39 in the last for a gross 77 . He and Tudela were then joined in the Top 3 by January Ace winner and CNMI Attorney General Edward Manibusan, who owns a 9 handicap and registered a net 72 after making a 40 and 41 on the front and back nines for a gross 81.

Meanwhile, in the closest to the pin contest of last month’s event, Tudela won on the 160-yard No. 4, while Krishnan prevailed on the 154-yard No. 6, Nick Sablan on the 174-yard No. 11, and Ed Sablan on the 125-yard No. 15.

For the longest drive event, Tony Deleon Guerrero delivered on the par-4, 372-yard No. 7 and Juan “Pan” Guerrero had the same feat on the par-5, 506-yard No. 18.

With the October Ace done, SGA is left with two monthly competitions before holding the club championship, which is dubbed as Ace of Aces tournament. The penultimate monthly event—the November Ace—will be held this Sunday, starting at 9am on the west course of the Kagman facility.

Manibusan, Tudela, Krishnan, Ed (August winner) and Nick Sablan (March), and Juan ”Pan” Guerrero (April) have already earned entries to the SGA Ace of Aces along with Jung Eun Teack (February), Larry Deleon Guerrero (June), Steve Balakrishna (July), and John “Nanni” Cruz (September).

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.

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