Two of Guam’s top junior golfers, Ivan Sablan and Masaki Ujiie, arrived in Hong Kong to compete in the APGC Junior Championship Mitsubishi Corporation Cup 2017 from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1. The tournament was held by the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation and consisted of mixed pairs from different federations, playing fourball, foursomes and singles competition. Based on their Guam amateur rankings, the two were able to challenge the finest junior golfers in the Asia-Pacific region. Over the 3-day event, the boys competed in the 13-17 division.
“For years, Team Guam has been invited to many competitions in the Asia-Pacific region. We are thankful for every opportunity our golfers receive to play in high-level tournaments. Team Guam is strengthened by every international competition. Attaining these invitations from our neighboring countries give our top-notch golfers the experience they are unable to get on Guam. It was a pleasure for our junior golfers to partake in this respected event,” explained Mark Nanpei, GNGF director of junior golf.
On the first 2 days of the 3-day tournament, Team Guam participated in team play with two female golfers from Hong Kong. After the first 2 rounds, Masaki Ujiie earned scores 79 and 82, respectively. In his final day of competition, which was individual play, Ujiie garnered a 76, which rounded out his tournament in 24th place, out of a 38-player field. In team play, Sablan turned in scores of 83 and 80. He finished individual play with an 81 and finished in 33rd place.
GNGF is a nonprofit organization promoting Guam's amateur and junior golfers in highly competitive international golf tournaments. Guam National Teams, both adult amateurs and junior golfers, represent Guam in off-island tournaments and compete with the best in the world. It was indicated in a press release that the development and support of Guam golfers are high priorities of the GNGF.