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Hawaii State Open History of Champions

Traditionally Hawaii’s last tournament of the year, the Hawaii State Open also is one of Hawaii’s oldest tournaments. The Hawaii State Open was launched in 1974 as a revival of the original Hawaiian Open, The Hawaiian Open began in the 1920s and was a fitting championship that determined the best golfer in the Islands. Many great players from the mainland were invited to compete and did so for more than 30 years.

Because of the diversity of players and the boost in economy from these events, three former Waialae Country Club presidents, Ken Brown, John Bellinger and Francis Wright asked the PGA Tour in 1965, to add the Hawaiian Open as a regular stop on the PGA Tour.

Although this was a great commercial success, it restricted Hawaiian pros and amateurs from participating in the Hawaiian Open, since now to play in the event, you had to be a playing member on the PGA Tour.

For a few years there remained no place for Hawaiian players to participate in a premier event. In 1974, the tournament was revived and the name changed to the Hawaii State Open. While its name had changed, its mission remained the same: to find the best golfer in Hawaii. As part of the revival, the Ted Makalena perpetual trophy was established. Makalena was the first Hawaii resident to win a PGA Tour event, the 1966 PGA Tour Hawaiian Open.

It was decided to host the event annually, where Oahu and the Ala Wai Golf Course became the site used most often. With dwindling sponsorship dollars and a host site that was not appropriate to attract the best players, the Hawaii State Open has been unable to attain the prestige befitting such a championship.

In 1976, a women’s division was added. In 1989, a senior division was added.

The Chevrolet Dealers of Oahu were the last supporting sponsor of the event, but did not renew their sponsorship for 1993. The event had been run by the Oahu Junior Golf Association, with the excess revenue being channeled toward Oahu Junior Golf.

In 1993, the tournament was taken over by the Aloha Section of the PGA, with the goal of returning the event to its rich tradition of hosting a premier local golf tournament on the best courses throughout the islands. The Foundation took over the event in 2006.

Past champions include 1987 U.S. Open Champion Scott Simpson and local favorites Japan PGA touring professional David Ishii and PGA Tour player Dean Wilson. David is the only player to have won both the Hawaii State Open and the Hawaiian Open

                                                               HISTORY OF CHAMPIONS                                                                            

Year Winner Low Amateur Low Woman Low Senior
2013 Nick Mason 206 David Fink 207 Mari Chun 216 Jeff Coston 208
2012 Dean Wilson 213 Trent Norcorss 221 Tamara Surtee 224 Kevin Hayashi 211
2011 Samuel Cyr 207 Nick Sherwood 215 Katie Kempter 204 David Ishii 210
2010 Tadd Fujikawa 204 Sean Maekawa 208 Ji Soo Park (A) 214 David Ishii 206
2009 Jesse Mueller 197 David Fink 207 Katie Kempter 220 Kirk Nelson 206
2008 Nick Mason 135 Lorens Chan 139 Cyd Okino (A) 144 Leland Lindsay 135
2007 Dean Wilson 207 Bradley Shigezawa 210 Cyd Okino (A) 220 Larry Stubblefield   217
2006 Tom Eubank 210 Sean Maekawa 214 Cyd Okino (A) 220 Leland Lindsay 214
2005 Jarett Hamamoto (A) 212 Christine Kim (A) 227 Dean Prince 215
2004 Chad Saladin 207 Matt Kodama 212 Lisa Chang 217 Larry Stubblefield   219
2003 Kris Moe 222 Mike Kim 229 Stephanie Kono (A)   238 George Newbeck 222
2002 Tom Eubank 209 Ryan Koshi 220 Michelle Wie (A) 208 Dan Nishimoto 219
2001 Kevin Hayashi 212 Casey Kobashigawa 219 Sally Soranaka (A)   228 Dean Prince 212
2000 Kevin Hayashi 207 Ryan Koshi 218 Christel Tomori 218 Dean Prince 216
1999 Kevin Hayashi 205 Van Wright 214 Christel Tomori 209 Dean Prince 209
1998 Greg Meyer 212 Jonathan Ota 221 Christel Tomori 223 Dean Prince 218
1997 Brian Sasada 208 Jim Seki, Jr. 220 Camie Hoshino 216 Dean Prince 215
1996 Deron Doi 213 Jonathan Ota 220 Camie Hoshino 222 Dean Prince 222
1995 Ken Springer 211 Jay Kurisu 222 Lori Planos 149
1994 Scott Simpson 216 Damien Jamila 221 Lori Planos 159
1993 Scott Simpson Lori Planos
1992 Lance Suzuki 208 Phil Anamizu 211 Lori West 218
1991 Dick McClean Lori West
1990 Dick McClean 207 Les Uyehara 209 Susie Berning 211 Val Beatriz 213
1989 Chuck Davis 198 Wendell Kop Pam Kometani 222 Jim McKeigan
1988 Lance Suzuki 212 Daryl Inaba 218 Pan Kometani 230
1988 Les Uyehara 218
1987 Casey Nakama 209 Scott Head 216 Lenore Muraoka 232
1987 Shane Abe 216
1986 Lance Suzuki 279 Dean Prince 285 Susan Sanders 225
1985 David Ishii 283 Ken Fujii 293 Nadia Ste.-Marie 231
1984 David Ishii 284 Brian Sasada 297 Susan Sanders 239
1983 Clyde Rego 275 Brandan Kop 286 Lori Castillo 222
1982 Wendell Tom (A) 283 Brenda Rego 229
1981 Scott Simpson 279 Casey Nakama 288 Jeannette Kerr 223
1980 David Ishii 275 Chuck Davis 281 Jeannette Kerr 216
1979 Scott Simpson 274 Clyde Rego 281 Althea Tome 222
1978 Steve Veriato 280 Ken Miyaoka 285 Althea Tome 233
1978 David Ishii 285
1977 Steve Veriato 276 Wendell Kop 285 Lori Castillo 226
1976 Lance Suzuki 274 Allan Yamamoto 287 Althea Tome 234
1976 Keith Kollmeyer 287
1975 Allan Yamamoto (A)   277
1974 Dan Nishimoto (A) 273
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