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John Sablan triumphs in MGA September Ace tourney

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JOHN Sablan displayed excellent control with his swing throughout the Laolao Bay Golf & Resort East Course en route to winning the Marianas Golf Association's September Ace of the Month Tournament on Sunday.

Thirty players vied for the title this month, but none of the other golfers could match Sablan's performance. In the front nine, he settled for pars to end with a gross score of 42. Carrying his momentum into the back nine, Sablan replicated his score of 42 for a total gross of 84. Thanks to a handicap of 22, his net score went down to 62, giving him the September Ace title. 

Gerald Guerrero and Charlie Peters gave Sablan a good scare, but ended up battling for second place as they shared a net score of 65. But Peters lost in the scorecard playoff and finished third while Guerrero took second place.

Patrick George led the front nine with the lowest gross score of 37, but he struggled on the back nine with a score of 46 for a total of 83. Aided by a handicap of 15, his net score came out to 68, good enough for fourth place.

John Sablan winds up for his swing during the Sept. 13, Marianas Golf Association September Ace of the Month Tournament at the LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort East Course.

  

The participants of the Marianas Golf Association's September Ace of the Month Tournament pose for a photo. Contributed photos

Keoni Chariton, who finished fifth, also scored 68, but was bested by George in the scorecard playoff.

Individual awardees were also acknowledged.

The winners for the Closest to the Pin were James Benavente at hole No. 4; Harry Nakamura, hole No. 6; Benjie Pangelinan, hole No. 11; and Charlie Peters, hole No. 15.

MGA likewise recognized and welcomed its newest members: Keoni Chariton, Gus Palacios, Jerome Sablan and Roderick Zandueta.

MGA's golf season runs from May 2020 through April 2021. The group holds monthly tournaments and welcomes interested golfers to join MGA. Interested individuals may contact any of the MGA members for more details. The annual fee for a new member is $40 while a returning member pays $30. The fee includes an MGA polo shirt and hat.

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