KOHALA COAST, HAWAII – DECEMBER 15, 2017 – For the sixth year at Mauna Lani, the Hawaii State Open returns with a sold out field of 186 top amateurs and professionals to compete in the year-end signature event for the Aloha Section PGA. Mauna Lani is home to the North and South courses named after Francis H. I’i Brown, known to many locals as “Mr. Golf” in Hawaii. The two championship courses host four divisions in a 54-hole stroke-play tournament: Men’s Open, Senior Open, Women’s Open and A-Flight.
Leading the Men’s Open division is PGA professional Nick Mason posting a five-under par (67) today to finish one stroke ahead of professional Ray Richards (Lake Oswego, OR) and two strokes ahead of local professional Cory Oride (Honolulu, HI). Defending champion, TJ Esaki-Kua (Honolulu, HI), is in a seven-way tie at two-under par (70) putting him three strokes behind Mason. Brent Grant (Honolulu, HI) and Kyle Suppa (Honolulu, HI) are tied for the lead in the Championship Flight at three-under par (69). Remington Hirano (Honolulu, HI) is in second place, shooting even par (72) for today.
In the Senior Open Division, PGA Professional Mike Reid leads with a four-under par (68), two strokes ahead of EA Tischler (Aptos, CA) (70). Bill Walbert (Kaneohe, HI) follows by two strokes, posting an even par (72) today on the North Course. In the Senior Amateur Division, Dr. Carl Ho (Honolulu, HI) leads at two-under par (70), one stroke ahead of Phillip Anamizu (Honolulu, HI) and Jeff Britton (Carmel, CA).
Also on the North Course, past champion Britney Yada (Honolulu, HI) leads the Women’s Open finishing three-under par (69). Low-amateur Reese Guzman (Kahului, HI) carded a three-over par (75) today to lead the lady amateurs. While in A-Flight, JB Bryant (Wailuku, HI) leads at five-over par (77), one stroke ahead of Pat McGinness (Kailua Kona, HI).
Round #2 will start at 6:45 a.m. tomorrow with the Men’s Open Division and A-Flight on the North Course. Both the Senior Open Division and Women’s Open will tee off at 6:45 a.m. on the South Course. For more up to date information on this event visit www.aspga.com or follow us on social media via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. @alohasectionpga
Visionary Video – Kona, Hawaii will be providing tournament footage and interviews during the event on behalf of the committee.
About Mauna Lani Resort: The famous golf courses, the Francis H. I’i Brown North & South are named in honor of the former Mauna Lani landowner and champion Hawaii golfer. The courses offer breathtaking scenery, unforgettable signature holes and cutting-edge course design built around ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs, trails and fishponds. Mauna Lani Resort is home to the annual Hawaii State Open played in December.
About the Aloha Section PGA: The Aloha Section PGA was established in 1976, and today is comprised of over 230 golf Professionals working at over 90 facilities within the Section. The mission of the Aloha Section (ASPGA) is that Purpose of the PGA of America, to promote the enjoyment and involvement in the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals and the golf industry. The ASPGA provides competitive playing opportunities, educational seminars, and growth of the game initiatives, within the state of Hawaii.
Contact: Wesley Wailehua
Phone: (808) 593-2230