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KOHALA COAST, HAWAII – DECEMBER 17, 2017 – Spectators witnessed a legendary Sunday finish on the Kohala Coast at Mauna Lani Resort as Tadd Fujikawa captured his second Hawaii State Open title at Mauna Lani Resort.
Tadd Fujikawa was one shot off the lead as he teed it up with Nick Mason and Robby Ormand in Round 3. Fujikawa birdied the par 3 hole 17 to defeat Mason by one stroke, earning him a $10,000 payout. Kyle Suppa finished (69+67+77=213) as the low amateur and won the Championship flight.
It was a legendary finish in the Senior Open between Scott Simpson, PGA and David Ishii, PGA. Three-time Men’s Open Champion and now three-time Senior Open Champion, Ishii claimed the first place prize of $4,000 shooting a three-day total 207. Simpson fell five strokes short of Ishii at 212. In the Senior Amateur flight, Nelson Domingo captured the low amateur title earning a $750 gift certificate from the golf shop at Mauna Lani for shooting 218.
In the Women’s Open, professional Britney Yada fired a final round score of 71. Yada’s three-day six-under total (210) earned her a paycheck of $1,000. Reese Guzman finished as the low female amateur at 222. Playing in her very first Hawaii State Open, Guzman earned a $400 gift certificate from Mauna Lani. Pat McGinness held on to his three-day lead of A-Flight posting a 231 to finish two shots ahead of JB Bryant.
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.