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Jung Eun Taek, Nick Sablan are SGA’s February and March Aces

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BEFORE the pandemic suspended all sports events, Jung Eun Taek  claimed the title of  Saipan Golf Association Ace of the Month at the tournament in February.

Over six months later, SGA returned to the golfing scene to hold the March ace tournament, which Nick Sablan won.

Jung won his title on Feb. 9 at the Kingfisher Golf Links. Ed Manibusan was in the lead, but he had already claimed an ace title, which meant that the real battle was for second place.

Manibusan had a strong performance with a gross score of 40 in the front nine, which he improved during the back nine by scoring a gross of 36. With a combined gross of 76 and a handicap of 7, Manibusan led the pack with a net score of 69.

Jung, for his part,  played evenly as he completed the front nine with a score of 44 and increased his odds in the back nine with a gross of 40 for a total of 84. Aided by a handicap of 12, he scored a net total of 72 to bag second place and the February Ace of the Month title.

Coming in at third place was Manny Alvarez who shot a gross of 45 and 40 for a total of 85. Propped up by a handicap of 12, he settled for third place with a net of 73.

Also in the spotlight were Das Krishnan and Frances Sablan who made the Longest Drive at hole #2  and  hole #11.

The Closest to the Pin Award went to Alvarez for holes #6, #12 and #17 while Juan Pan Guerrero won the award for hole #8.

When SGA resumed the tournaments in August, Sablan was the man to beat as he was unmatched throughout the course, scoring a gross of 36 in the front nine and 35 in the back nine for a total of 71. With a handicap of 6, he secured the top spot with a net score of 65 to claim the March Ace title.

Three players finished with a net score of 70: Tony Deleon Guerrero, Larry Deleon Guerrero, and  Krishnan.

Sablan  was also the lone winner of the Longest Drive Award at holes #3 and #18 while the Closest to the Pin Award went to Manibusan at hole #6, Juan Pan Guerrero at hole #11 and Alex Tudela at hole #15.

The SGA April Ace of the Month Tournament is scheduled for Sept. 6, 2020 at the Kingfisher Golf Links.  Show time is set for 8:30 a.m. and tee time for 9 a.m.

The members present on Aug. 23, 2020 decided that the remaining Ace of the Month tournaments would be played twice a month until they have caught up with the current month.

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