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Monday, 05 August 2013 19:30

By Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter | Saipan Tribune

Guam?s Daryl Poe gets ready to hit the ball from the greens of the No. 17 hole of the east course at the Laolao Bay Golf Resort yesterday during the final round of the 18th Annual Tournament of Champions. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)Guam’s Daryl Poe gets ready to hit the ball from the greens of the No. 17 hole of the east course at the Laolao Bay Golf Resort yesterday during the final round of the 18th Annual Tournament of Champions. (Roselyn B. Monroyo) The 18th Annual Tournament of Champions had a fitting finish with Guam’s Daryl Poe beating Geon Gu Lee in a sudden-death playoff in the Championship Flight.

Poe bogeyed the deciding hole, No. 17 on the east course of the Laolao Bay Golf Resort last Sunday, while Lee double-bogeyed, giving the Guam golfer his first win at TOC after a third place finish in 2011. Poe had a rough start in the par-4, 373-yard deciding hole, as his first two shot landed on the far right side of the fairway, while Lee’s ball dropped down the center more than 100 yards from the tee box. However, Lee’s third shot went to one of the two bunkers, while Poe still had his ball to the far right away from the greens.

Lee eventually got out of the bunker, but overshot his mark, while Poe rolled the ball down to the greens before it stopped several inches away from the cup. Poe then made a tap and got the ball in, while Lee again overshot his target before sinking the ball in the cup on his sixth attempt.

Though he won via sudden-death, Poe said the pivotal hole was the par-3, 127-yard hole No. 15.

“I made a birdie and he bogeyed No. 15, so I was only down by one and forced a tie, incidentally in hole No. 17, which he also bogeyed,” Poe said.

Poe finished yesterday’s second round with a 3-over par 75, matching his first round output last Saturday for a two-day total of 6-over 150. He had a 2-over par 38 in the first nine holes and 1-over 37 in the last in the first and second round and was one-stroke behind Lee after last Saturday’s competiton.

“I was chasing him from the start and fortunately I managed to catch up with him in the last few holes and won the playoff hole,” Poe said.

Lee had a 2-over 38 in his first nine holes last Saturday and finished the round with a par 36 to take the early lead against 10 other Championship Flight participants. In the second round, he recorded 38 on both nines.

Lee and Poe received cash and in-kind (gift certificate) prizes, respectively, and trophies for their Top 2 finish in the Championship Flight, while three other golfers in Championship Flight were also recognized in yesterday’s awards ceremony. The list includes Saipan’s J.J. Atalig, who finished third with his 154 (80 and 74), Chae Son Yi, 155 (78 and 77), and Seung San Choi, 155 (77 and 78).

Other Championship Flight participants in the weekend tournament were Jin Woo Park (157), Adam Hardwicke (157), Jong Hoon Park (159), T.J. Hubert (160), William Retardo (173), and Enoch Lim (173).

Meanwhile, results in seven other divisions will be reported in Saipan Tribune’s Tuesday edition.

 

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