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Steve Balakrishna is SGA July Ace

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STEVE Balakrishna has secured a place among the Saipan Golf Association's best players of the year after breaking a three-way tie to win the July Ace of the Month title on Oct. 18 at LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort.

Steadiness was the name of Balakrishna's game as he ended the front nine and back nine with an identical 40 gross score. With a total score of 80 and a handicap of 11, his final score was 69.

However, two other players also performed well.

Nick C. Sablan led the tournament with a gross score of 36 in the front nine and 38 in the back nine for a total of 74. With a handicap of 5, Sablan’s final score, like Balakrishna,  was 69.

Alex Tudela, for his part, closed the front nine with a gross of 41 and improved in the back nine with a score of 39 for a total score of 80. With a handicap of 11, his net score, like Balakrishna and Sablan, was 69.

But Balakrishna had a better scorecard and Sablan is already the March Ace of the Month. This allowed Balakrishna to win the July Ace of the Month title.

In the side events, Das Krishnan was awarded twice in the Closest to the  Pin for holes #4 and #6, and was  joined by Nick Sablan at hole #11 and Steve Balakrishna at hole #15.

Das Krishnan also won the Longest Drive Award at hole #18 with Juan "Pan" Guerrero topping hole #9.

Besides Steve Balakrishna, the other SGA Aces in 2020 are Ed Manibusan (January), Jung Eun Teack (February), Nick Sablan (March), Juan “Pan” Guerrero (April), Das Krishnan (May) and Larry Deleon Guerrero (June).

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