Kahuku, Hawaii – Kamakani (Hawaiian for strong ocean winds) was the word of the day for many players in Round-2 of the Turtle Bay Hawaii State Open. Traditionally in the Hawaiian cultural, strong trade winds indicate a significant change…and that’s what players experienced this afternoon on Turtle Bay’s Championship Arnold Palmer and George Fazio golf…
Kahuku, Hawaii – The sun’s rays stretched across the dew dropped fairways of Turtle Bay’s Championship Arnold Palmer and George Fazio golf courses this morning blessing the players in the 2011 Turtle Bay Hawaii State Open tournament.
Players arrived earlier this morning prepared for rain but were greeted with beautiful clear blue skies and trade wind weather here at Kahuku, Hawaii. This year’s tournament consist of 186 players competing in five (5) divisions, Men’s Open, Senior Open, Men’s A-Flight, and the Women’s Open division.
Leading the round in the Men’s Open division on the Championship Arnold Palmer course today was Alberta native Kent Fukushima (33 – 35) 68. Past Champion Kevin Hayashi is hot on Fukushima’s trail at (35-34) 69, along with Professionals Eric Dugas, Sean Meakawa, and Nick Sherwood.
Other notable players in the Men’s Open field: Past Champion Dean Wilson (37-34) 71, Professional Parker Mc Lachlin (38 – 40) 78, and Turtle Bay’s own Gipper and Tony Finau finished at 72.
This week the Fazio course will be hosting the Senior Open Division, Men’s A-Flight and Women’s Open Division.
Leading round one and a field of forty players in the Senior Open division is Professional Lance Taketa, who posted a strong (35-34) 69. Following Taketa’s shadow closely with a round one total of 72; Rick De Witt, Professional Mark Shimamura and Professional Leland Lindsay.
Allisen Corpuz leaped ahead in the Women’s Open field this morning with 5-birdies and an eagle on the 14th hole to post 5-under (67) for round one. Returning to defend her title Professional Katie Kempter finished today at (71), along with Professional Ayaka Kaneko; both 4-strokes behind Corpuz.
In the Men’s A-Flight, Reid Yamane shot 76 in the morning round and is sheltering a one stroke lead over Kimo Greene’s 77.
Clyde Rego and Charles Barenaba, Jr. will be honored as the 2012 Hall of Fame Inductees during this year’s award ceremony.
CHECK OUT the Ho’olaule’a Awards write up in the Star Advertiser thanks to Ann Miller.
2012 Hawaii Golf Ho’olaule’a Award Winners (in order by assocation):