MASON AND ORIDE TIED FOR LEAD AT 58TH MID-PACIFIC OPEN
LANIKAI, HAWAII – APRIL 14, 2016 – Ties all across the leader board today at the 58th MID-PACIFIC OPEN. Four flights of Hawaii’s top professionals and amateurs teed it up for Round #1 in Lanikai today. The gusty tradewinds subsided overnight to exceptional conditions at Mid-Pacific Country Club. Built in 1926 by prolific American course architect Seth Raynor, ten players finished at even par or better for Round #1.
Past Champion Nick Mason (’12, ’14) is tied for the lead with Cory Oride. Oride and Mason both posted 4-under par (68) to have a two shot lead over Ryan Acosta and Justin Keiley, both at (70). In championship flight, amateur Jun Ho Won is also tied with past MID-PACIFIC OPEN champion Brandan Kop, who won the Open title in 1995. Defending champion Bradley Shigezawa finished one over today with PGA Tour professional Dean Wilson.
Also tied for the lead are Shakil Ahmed, Matt Gilbertson and Arnold Fukumoto in A-Flight. The three leaders posted (79) for a share of the one shot lead over James Nam. Anthony Becker has a four shot lead over Fred Denault and Rodney Doo in B-Flight at (82).
As it has been tradition in the past, the MID-PACIFIC OPEN hosts a 36-hole Senior Division for Professionals and Amateur. Professionals must be at least age 50 and amateurs age 55 by the start of the tournament. Defending Champion Kevin Hayashi is tied for the lead in the Professional Senior division with Casey Nakama and Dave Eichelberger who finished today at 3-over (75). Brandon Kop leads the Senior Amateurs at even par just two shots ahead of Doug Williams.
Tomorrow the field will return for Round #2 and compete for $70,000 in cash and merchandise. After 36-holes, the Committee will reduce the field by approximately 50% plus ties for the weekend.
Scores for this year’s MID-PACIFIC OPEN are being posted LIVE in real-time. To follow the action online visit the Aloha Section PGA website www.aspga.com