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ELFTMAN-HANSON AND HUANG QUALIFY FOR 39TH PGA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Congratulations to Ariel Elftman-Hanson of (Wailuku, Maui) and Rose Huang of (Honolulu, Hawaii) won the 2014 Aloha Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks at Kaanapali Golf Courses – Kai Course in Lahaina, Hawaii.

 By winning the boys’ and girls’ divisions respectively, Elftman-Hanson and Huang qualified for the 39th  Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, which will be held on July 29-Aug. 1, 2014, at Miramont Country Club in Bryan/College Station, Texas. Elftman-Hanson, posted a final-round (67) for a two-day total of (134) and a 2-stroke victory over Andrew Chin and Kyle Suppa who finished the second round tied at (139).  Because both Chin and Suppa were tied for 2nd Place, a sudden death play-off was used to determine the Runner-Up. It was Chin who would end up victorious winning the playoff on the 6th hole.

 Rose Huang, had a final-round 72 for a two-day total of (143) and a 6-stroke victory over Kristen Le who tied with Allysha Mae Mateo at (149). Because they were tied for 2nd Place a sudden death play-off was used to determine the Runner-Up. On the third playoff hole Le hit her tee shot within inches of the hole win with a birdie. 

 The Junior PGA Championship, Presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, is open to one boy and one girl champion from each of the 41 PGA Sections, champions of the eight PGA Junior Series events, select national junior tournaments conducted throughout the year and special invitees who have yet not reached their 19th birthdays as of the final round of the championship.

 The Junior PGA Championship has traditionally been a stepping-stone for many of today’s PGA and LPGA Tour professionals as well as current collegiate stars. Past Junior PGA Championship competitors who have gone on to successful professional careers include: In-Bee Park, Jim Furyk, Luke Guthrie, Trevor Immelman, Cristie Kerr, Justin Leonard, Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson, Grace Park, Dottie Pepper, Jordan Spieth, David Toms, Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie and Tiger Woods.

 In addition to the accomplishments by Elftman-Hanson and Huang, we would also like to recognize the other winners of their respective age divisions. In the Boys (7-10) Division, Dillion Jonke finished first with at 2-day total of (174) and Minny Byun won the Girls (7-10) age division with a 2-day total of (136). In the Boys/Girls (11-12) division, Kolbe Irei shot (153) to win the Boy’s Championship and Milburn Ho posted a (147) to claim the Girl’s Championship.

 On behalf of the Aloha Section PGA Board of Directors we would like to thank all of the players for participating in this year’s event. We would also like to thank Kaanapali Golf Courses and Ed Kageyama, PGA for hosting the Aloha Junior PGA Championship; our premium PGA junior event for the Aloha Section. Without their support this event would not be possible.

 

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SUPPA AND CHIN TIED AT 65 — MATEO LEADS GIRLS AT 70

 

It was a beautiful Saturday morning in Kaanapali today as the Boys 13-18 division teed it up on the Kai course for Round #1 of the Aloha Junior PGA Championship. Each year The PGA of America host’s 41 Junior PGA Championships. The event serves as a section qualifier awarding one berth for the Boys and Girls Champions to compete in the 39th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, July 29-Aug. 1, 2014, at Miramont Country Club in Bryan/College Station, Texas.

With the first round completed, Punahou School teammates Kyle Suppa and Andrew Chin are both tied posting a 5-under (65) for Round #1. Two shots back at 67 is Ariel Elftman-Hanson and tied for third is Shawn Lu and Desmond Mello at 69. In the Girls Championship division, Allysha Mae Mateo shot (70) giving her a one stroke lead over Rose Huang at (71). There is a three way tie for third place between Kimberlie Miyamoto, Jasmine Cabajar, and Kristin Le, who all shot (76).

In the Junior divisions Kolbe Irei leads the Boys (11-12) division at 73, Millburn Ho is ahead in the Girls (11-12) division at 72. Minny Byun shot 70 today leading the Girls (7-10) division by 7-strokes and Dillon Jonke  shot 89 today to lead the Boys (7-10) division.

Round #2 will begin tomorrow at 9:30 AM with order of play listed below.

Division Tee

Round #2

Girls (7 – 10 ) Fairway

9:30 AM

Boys (7 – 10) Hibiscus

9:39 AM

Girls (11 – 12) Hibiscus

9:48 AM

Boys (11 – 12) Fern

9:57 AM

Girls Championship Flight (13 – 18) Sand

10:06 AM

Boys Championship Flight (13 – 18) Lava

10:51 AM

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ALOHA JUNIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNS TO KAANAPALI

 

 Boys and girls are preparing for the 2014 Aloha Section Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks Saturday, June, 7-8 at Kaanapali Golf Courses in Kaanapali, Hawaii.

           

The champions of the boys’ and girls’ division of the Aloha Junior PGA Championship qualify to join approximately 150 of the nation’s top junior golfers in the PGA of America’s flagship junior event, the Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, July 29-August 1, 2014, at Miramont Country Club in Bryan/College Station, Texas.

           

The 39th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, is open to one boy and one girl champion from each of the 41 PGA Sections, champions of the eight PGA Junior Series events, select national junior tournaments conducted throughout the year and special invitees who have not reached their 19th birthdays as of the final round of the championship. 

           

The Junior PGA Championship has traditionally been a stepping-stone for many of today’s PGA and LPGA Tour professionals as well as current collegiate stars. Past Junior PGA Championship competitors who have gone on to successful professional careers include: In-Bee Park, Jim Furyk, Luke Guthrie, Trevor Immelman, Cristie Kerr, Justin Leonard, Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson, Grace Park, Dottie Pepper, Jordan Spieth, David Toms, Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie and Tiger Woods.

 

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HAVENS AND BRANCH LEAD FIRST ROUND OF PRO PRO

 

Lahaina, HI – Ka’anapali’s PGA Teaching Professional, David Havens, and Golf Assistant, Roscoe Branch take the lead at -7 after the first round of the 2014 Ka’anapali Pro-Pro Championship. 

With seven birdies, the Ka’anapali duo played some impressive golf today – Havens being the long-ball hitter and Branch a consistent player, they paired up perfectly.

 Havens who won the 2013 PGA Teacher of the Year Award for the Aloha Section PGA, commented, “Roscoe and I played very well as a team today, he pulled me up when we were down and we worked well together.”  He continued, “The greens were in excellent shape and the Royal course played great.”

 “This was some of the best golf I have played in my ten years here at Ka’anapali. Thanks to yesterday’s BMW Pro-Am event, we both had an opportunity to play and get that extra warm up round and it paid off,” Havens added.

 Havens and Roscoe will still have to work tomorrow if they want to bring home the win however with Chris Keiter and Darren Sayre of the Big Island just one stroke back.  Two additional Maui teams are only two strokes off the lead, one of which is David Braxton and Kyle Hayashi.

 Braxton and Hayashi are always strong contenders and have come in second the last two years of this Ka’anapali event. Teams will have to keep an eye out for these two tomorrow in the final round as they are hungry for their first win together.

 Thirty-six teams played in this annual event, which Ka’anapali has hosted for over 10 years.  PGA General Manager Ed Kageyama comments, “We take a lot of pride in hosting this event and look forward to it every year.” He adds, “It is great to have so many local pros here at Ka’anapali this weekend.”

 Final round will be held at 7:00am on the Royal Ka’anapali Course.

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CLASSIC SCRAMBLE AND NATIONAL PROAM SERIES

MID-PACIFIC COUNTRY CLUB

LANIKAI, HAWAII

 

The Aloha Section PGA Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, is grateful to National Car Rental for their Title Sponsorship of the Aloha Section Classic Scramble this year. As the Official Rental Car of The PGA of America, National will sponsor 82 events across 41 PGA Sections, in its 2014 ProAm Series.

 

We would like to congratulate the winning team of K&S Golf Hawaii – Henry Komenaka, Gary Komenaka, Cory Kochi, and Shane Abe, PGA. They will be entered in the National ProAm Series drawing to spend a day with Keegan Bradley, the winner of the 2011 PGA Championship, and his father PGA Professional Mark Bradley, who serve as ambassadors for the Series.

 

The Aloha Section Classic Scramble is the largest fundraising event of the year for the Aloha Section PGA Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to develop and promote the interest in the game of golf while enhancing the lives of those that participate. Monies raised from the Classic Scramble are used to fund scholarships and financial aid programs, support community outreach and instructional projects, junior golf activities, and help children of active duty military families—all to support the continued growth of the game in Hawaii.

 

This event is the first of two events that will be held in Aloha Section in 2014. The next National ProAm Series event will be held at Mauna Lani Resort – South Course on Thursday, December 11th.

 

The Aloha Section PGA would like to Mahalo National Car Rental for their support of this event and the National Car Rental PGA ProAm Series.

 

For more information about the National Car Rental PGA Pro-Am Series, please visit www.nationalcargolf.com. Fans can follow the Series on Instagram and Twitter @NationalCarGolf and participate in the conversation using #proamseries.

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