Nick Mason wins Hilo Invitational
With weather that usually curbs outdoor activities, contestants in the Hilo Invitational were forced to play a soggy Hilo Municipal Golf Course.
As persistent rain fell over Hilo, tournament officials were forced to shorten the championship for the first time in 15 years. All one hundred and eleven golfers teed off early Sunday morning and nearly eight and a half hours later, the champions were crowned. Yes, 8+ hours.
After scores were tallied up through regulation play, there was a three-way tie in the professional division as well as a tie for the amateur title. Professionals Jarett Hamamoto, Nick Mason and Ryan Michimoto all tied with 2-under (69) totals while Matt Ma and Ciera Min finished with 1-under par (70).
In the playoff, Mason, a three-time winner of the Hilo Invitational, needed two extra holes to claim his fourth title. With Michimoto, a professional from Kapalua Plantation Course failing to make birdie, the two former champions moved on to the par-three 2nd.
“It’s so hard when you are playing against your friend”, said Mason. “I’ve known JT for so long. When you get into these situations, it’s so tough, especially he being so nice and all.”
A par putt that barely slipped