Honolulu, HI- Ryan Michimoto of Kapalua and Kevin Shimomura of Ko Olina Golf Club crept into the event as a 15 seed and upset after upset they are the last men standing after 90 holes of golf in three days winning in the finals 2&1 over Kevin Hayashi and Lance Taketa. It wasn’t easy as they took on Kevin Hayashi and Lance Taketa of Hilo Municipal Golf Course who have a reputation that speaks for itself. Oddly it was Hayashi/Taketa first appearance in the finals of the Nike Golf Four Ball Championship.
“We got some breaks when we needed and we ham and egged it really well,” says Michimoto and Shimomura. “For us it was the birdie on 14 that was a momentum changer. We played steady on the front 9 and told ourselves we just had nine more holes to play,” says Michimoto. “Our best match of the tournament was the morning match today where I think I shot 8 under on my own ball.” Michimoto and Shimomura will split the $3,000 top prize.
Special thanks to Jay Hinazumi of Nike Golf for sponsoring the event and to Andrew Feldmann, PGA for hosting the event at Oahu Country Club.