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ROUND 1 LEADERS HOLD COURT, EXTEND LEADS

Sablan, Jacot extend leads heading into final round

By Patrick Lujan

Youth continues to be served in the 2023 Guam Amateur Golf Championship as 19-year-old Ivan Sablan and 14-year-old Tyanna Jacot extended their leads in Round 2 Sunday at the Country Club of the Pacific.

Sablan shot a 1-over 73, one shot better than Saturday, and Jacot cruised to another impressive even par 72 on the women’s side on another windy day at the Ipan, Talofofo golf course.

The third and final round is slated for next Saturday at CCP.

Men’s Division

The junior college golfer extended his lead to eight strokes after a steady and confident 73. While the competition tried to play catch-up after some high scores in the opening round, Sablan’s driving was on point throughout, shortening the course and putting himself in position for low scores.

“The game is in a good spot right now,” Sablan said. “Everything feels pretty good and we hope to keep it consistent (next Saturday).”

Sablan’s physical stature is evident as he’s put on more muscle from a year ago when he won the silver medal in Saipan’s Pacific Mini Games.

“I’m trying to hit the ball further and trying to give myself advantages off the tee box. I’m not trying to do it for looks, I’m trying to do it for the game,” Sablan said about his strength training.

He will be transferring from his community college squad to either Sonoma State (DII) or UC-Davis (DI) this fall.

Louie Sunga holds on to second place after rounds of 77-78, while Nalapon Vongjalorn sits in third place three strokes back.

Eugene Park and Redge Camacho made big moves, both bettering their scores by 10 strokes from Saturday.

Women’s leader Tyanna Jacot rips a drive off the tee on the final hole of round 2. (photo by Cam Santos)

Women’s Division

She’s just 14, but Tyanna Jacot is on a whole different level, shooting back-to-back even par rounds this weekend.

Her main goal coming into the second round was to shoot under, but couldn’t quite get to it on a windy day.

“I just couldn’t get the birdies on the last couple of holes,” said the incoming sophomore at St. John’s. “I had that one bogey, and that would’ve been my one-under, but that’s alright. My chipping (was working) and also my putting, which I didn’t have yesterday.”

With an insurmountable 17-stroke lead, Jacot is now competing within herself and said she’s aiming for a four-under final round. “That’s the goal.”

The ageless Tessie Blair jumped into a tie for second place with a solid 78 on Sunday.

MEN’S LEADERBOARD (Round 2)

Ivan Sablan 74-73=147

Louie Sunga 77-78=155

Nalapon Vongjalorn 78-80=158

Eugene Park 85-75=160

Taiyo Tagami 79-81=160

Daryl Poe 78-83=161

Redge Camacho 86-76=162

Stüssy Shiroma 85-79=164

Markus Nanpei 81-83=164

Eduardo Terlaje 82-84=166

Santino Yanza 85-86=171

Timothy Hubert 85-87=172

Edwin Fenton 91-84=175

Taisei Tagami 85-91=176

Sam Teker 85-91=176

Ken Duenas 87-91=178

Trey Jacot 90-91=181

Ray Quintanilla 99-87=188

Sammy Teker 114-

WOMEN’S LEADERBOARD (Round 2)

Tyanna Jacot 72-72=144

Tessie Blair 83-78=161

Emiri Sunga 79-82=161

Nalathai Vongjalorn 84-80=164

Rose Tarpley 84-81=165

Hiromi Takasu 83-82=165

Ava Limtiaco 85-84=169

Tai Maulupe 90-80=170

Mina Manibusan 85-87=172

Krisana Fenton 93-90=183

Trudy Plummer 98

Rose Cunliffe 99-96=195

Eva Cabrera 98-102=200

Sheri Teker 118-112=230

Lisa Babin 119-119=238

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