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Retardo aims for 3-peat in Governor’s Cup

FILTAGA Golfers Association’s William Retardo has yet to sign up for this year’s Annual Governor’s Tourism Cup Golf Tournament but he will register soon to defend his title.

William Retardo

A four-handicap golfer, Retardo holds a back-to-back championship crown winning the inaugural Cup in 2016 and last year’s event.

If he wins the 3rd Governor’s Tourism Cup set for Sept. 1 at the Lao Lao Bay Golf & Resort’s sprawling east course, Retardo will have the bragging rights for a three-peat victory.

Retardo birdied only once in last year’s event firing 76 strokes but went lucky to earn 4.80 handicaps in the double Peoria tour for a 71.20 finish.

Although the double Peoria format is sort of a luck game, Retardo believes that working hard to finish with the lowest gross can give an advantage. This means, he said, the lower gross you shot, the luckier you can get.

As of Tuesday, about 60 have registered for the annual golf event.

Golfers are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible because slots are filling up fast and only 144 can be accommodated.  The deadline for entries is on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 5 p.m.

In its third year of hosting, the Marianas Visitors Authority had joined the Marianas Tourism Education Council and My WAVE Clubs as the beneficiaries.

Gov. Ralph DLG. Torres expressed his appreciation to MTEC and MVA for being a critical voice in tourism and educating the youth.

“We are all very excited for this year’s tournament and MTEC’s advocacy for sustainable tourism development. For 15 years, MTEC has established tourism education and awareness in our schools and has promoted a generation of advocacy throughout our community. I thank all our participants and sponsors for supporting a great initiative and look forward to an exciting tournament,” Torres said.

“We must continue to reinforce the importance of our tourism industry to all, but most especially the generations that follow.  It is vital that businesses support MTEC in its mission of developing tourism related programs for our high school students,” according to Vicky Benavente, MTEC’s Chairperson.

Major Sponsors, DFS T-Galleria, the Tan Siu Lin Foundation and the Hyatt Regency Saipan have all stepped forward with their support this year.

The Bank of Guam, IP&E, Fiesta Resort & Spa, Marianas Variety and the Sorensen Media Group-Power 99 lend their support as Classic Sponsors.

Hole-In-One sponsors Pacifica Insurance, and Triple J Motors have put forth fantastic prizes of cash and cars.

The Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands, First Hawaiian Bank, Pacific Islands Club, Mar Pac and the Bank of Saipan have come on board as Classic Contributors with more sponsors and contributors are expected over the couple of weeks.

Tournament Director James Nelson said, “We must continue to support MTEC and the My WAVE Clubs as they have a direct impact on our student community and the tourism industry.”

This year’s entry fee is $100.00 and includes cart and green fees, morning snacks, free flowing on-course refreshments and awards banquet. Participants can also look forward to the nearest to the pin and longest drive competitions, as well as the ever popular hot-dog stand out on the course.

Entry forms are available and payments accepted at the Marianas Visitors Authority and Lao Lao Bay Golf & Resort. 

Tee time is at 7:30 a.m.