The 2018 Marianas Ladies Cup Golf Challenge was held this past weekend, October 20 & 21, 2018 at the Leo Palace Resort and Country Club in Manengon Hills, Yona between the Guam Women’s National Team’s known as Pika Ladies and the CNMI Women’s Golf Association. This marks the fifth year of the tournament which alternates venues between Guam and Saipan.
The first day of competition was a 2 person best ball format with the Guam team taking a 5-1 points lead. The second day was an individual stroke play format with the Guam team taking a 10.5 to 1.5 points lead, for a total 15.5 to 2.5 to win the tournament.
Guam Team Captain Tai Maulupe praised her teammates in the win and attributed their success to their commitment to practice and having the monthly competitive-tournament experience here on Guam. CNMI Team Captain Lorraine Babauta thanked the Guam team for their gracious hospitality and for going out of their way to make her team feel welcome. She expressed that her team will perform better next year when Team Guam travels to Saipan for the 6th annual challenge.
Guam National Golf Director Mr. Carlos Salas said, “We’re pleased to see the spirit of
comradery and competition that this tournament promotes and we’re excited to see it grow for both Guam and Saipan in the coming years.” Salas added, “As it was done in the past, we would also like to see the golf tournament expand to include the men and junior players in the very near future.”
Guam National Golf Federation President Richard Sablan said “Our heartfelt prayers and
thoughts are with the CNMI Women’s Golf Association, their families as well as all the residents of the CNMI who have been affected by Typhoon Yutu. We know that our brothers and sisters up north are resilient and strong and that they will bounce back stronger than ever!”