2019 Golf Tournament

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The Saipan Chamber of Commerce held its 2019 Two-Person Scramble Golf Tournament on Saturday, March 30 at the Laolao Bay Golf Resort (West Course). At registration, golfers enjoyed freshly brewed coffee and pastries courtesy of Herman’s Bakery. Each were given a complimentary swag bag filled with goodies from StayWell Insurance, NMI Crime Stoppers, American Red Cross, and Saipan Snaps.

With a shotgun start at 7am sharp, players convoyed onto the field. On course, they were met with Chamber Board Members and other volunteers who offered snacks and refreshments. Sandwiches were provided by the Chamber, water was provided by Saipan Ice and Water, Pacific Trading Company, and Joeten Enterprises. Cold beverages were donated by Saipan Brewing and MARPAC hosted a hydration station for all players to enjoy.

Players remarked that the flow of play was fabulous. The tournament ended without a hitch and golfers shuffled into Lao Lao’s “The Grill” to enjoy a banquet luncheon.

Prizes were awarded in the Team Gross and Team Double Peoria categories. In the low gross category: the third-place winners of $500 cash were Jeon, Meae and Yoo, Chang Hee with a score of 65. The second-place winners of $700 cash were the team of Joey Delacruz and JJ Atalig with a score of 64. The first-place winners of $1,000 cash were the team of Carl Hocog and Ned Norita with a score of 63.

In the Team Double Peoria category, the third-place winners of $500 cash were the team of Tony Benavente and Pete Hocog with a score of 72.20. The second-place winners of $700 cash were Kim, Gil Ah and Jeon, Seo Yeon with a score of 72.20. Finally, in first place and winners of $1000 cash were the team of Manny Tenorio and Sylvio Ada with a score of 70.80.

Other contests included Closest-to-the-Pin (KP), Accurate Drive (AD), and Longest Drive (LD). The winner for the KP contest at hole #3 sponsored by DFS was Don Hallmark with six feet and six inches. The winner for the KP contest at hole #13 sponsored by Mobil Marianas was Ron Benavente with eight and a half inches away from the pin. The winner for the AD contest at hole #9 sponsored by MarPac was Mike Techur with a distance of 3 feet and two inches from the line. The winner for the LD contest was Christian Camacho who smashed the ball 283 yards away. Each winner for optional play received $250 in cash! Overall, the Chamber awarded $5,500 in cash prizes!  

To help congratulate the winners were Chamber Board President Velma Palacios (IT&E); Chamber Vice-President Joe Guerrero (JZ Group), Board Member Alex A. Sablan (Century Insurance), Shayne Villanueva (Aon Insurance), Events Committee Co-Chairs/Board Members Marcia Calvo (Calvo’s Insurance) and Janel Pangelinan (Pacifica Insurance Underwriters, Inc.).

Loads of prizes were raffled off during the banquet which immediately followed the tournament. Raffle sponsors included: Hyatt Regency Saipan, DFS, Hong Ye Trading Company, Fiesta Resort, MarPac, Kanoa Resort, Roil Soil, Tribe Marianas, Budget Carl Rental, Latte Built 24 Hour Gym, IT&E, The Shack, The Airstream, Marianas Business Plaza, Mobil Marianas Pacific Trading Company, Tournament of Champions.

Hole-in-Ones were sponsored by IT&E#3 ($5,000), Atkins Kroll Saipan #7 (2020 Toyota Corolla), McDonalds of Saipan Hole #13 ($5,000), and Triple J Motors Hole #17 (2019 Hyundai Elantra). 

Other holes were sponsored by Aon Insurance, Bank of Saipan, Island Training Solutions, First Hawaiian Bank, IP&E, Bridge Capital, MarPac, JZ Group, Budget Car Rental, Matson Navigation, and Docomo Pacific.

The Chamber would like to extend a tremendous thank you to all of the players who came out to support the event: volunteers from Saipan Young Professionals, Staywell Insurance, Board Members; Power 99 and Saipan Tribune for their media sponsorship and to all our media partners: KSPN and Marianas Variety. The Chamber would also like to recognize LSG Sky Chefs for providing a complimentary lunch to all the volunteers. This event could not have been possible without the help of the friendly staff at Lao Lao Bay Golf & Resort and the Events Committee of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce.


This year’s Golf Tournament focused on providing college scholarships to enable the youth of our island to achieve their dreams by pursuing secondary education. Support of this event will help the Chamber continue to fulfill its mission that all our students should be afforded the opportunity to advance to their full potential. This June, the Saipan Chamber of Commerce will once again award up to $12,000 in scholarships to deserving students in the high school, college, and vocational levels.



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