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It was another beautiful morning at Turtle Bay’s as the sun stretched its rays across the lush fairways of the Arnold Palmer course. Gentle trade winds allowed three players to go low today as Eric Dugas, Kevin Lucas, and Nick Mason all posted a low score of (66) today.

The top forty (40) players plus ties have advanced to tomorrow’s Monday Qualifier. Players that shot 74 and better have qualified for Monday’s round.

Below are the tee times for tomorrow.







As the New Year begins the first event starts at Turtle Bay’s Arnold Palmer course for the 2015 SONY OPEN in HAWAII’s Pre-Qualifier (Sunday 1/11) and Monday Qualifier (1/12). There are 83 professionals and amateurs teeing it up for the Pre-Qualifier and the top forty 40 (plus ties) will advance to the Monday Qualifier.

The first tee time will be at 7:30 AM off the 1st tee and 10th tee. Attached are pairings for the Sunday’s event. Following the completion of the round tee times will be published for Monday’s Qualifier which will begin at approximately 7:30 AM off the 1st and 10th tee of the Arnold Palmer course. The top four finishers from Monday’s Qualifier will advance to the 2014 SONY OPEN IN HAWAII.

 For more information about the Pre-Qualifier or the Monday Qualifier, please email me at or contact the Section office at 808-593-2230.



RESULTS – Pre-Qualifier



The PGA of America – Aloha Section and Friends of Hawaii Charities invites you to join us as we honorHawaii’s golf champions. This premier gala event celebrates the champions of six of Hawaii’s major golf associations and the Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame which will honor professional Casey Nakama as their 70th member of the Hall of Fame. 

Casey Nakama, a former high school basketball star who remade himself into one of the state’s dominant golfers and is now among its top teaching professionals, will be inducted into the Aloha Section PGA Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame at the 7th annual Hoolaulea Awards banquet. 

Nakama is perhaps best known as Michelle Wie’s first golf instructor, but the 56-year-old professional also won a dozen Hawaii golf championships, including nine Open titles, and played the Asian Tour before starting a junior golf development school that has become one of the most highly regarded in the state.    

 “It’s a tremendous honor to be inducted into the Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame,” Nakama said. “I am very proud of what I’ve accomplished. Golf has been good to me, and I would like to thank the many people who helped me along the way.” 

 Nakama grew up in Kamehameha Heights and is a 1976 graduate of Moanalua High School, where he was the state long-jump champion and a first team OIA West All-Star guard in basketball.  He didn’t take up golf until after high school, and only then because his cousin, Lloyd Nakama, director of golf at the Olomana Golf Club, invited him to play in a family tournament. 

A strong competitive drive and good hand-eye coordination contributed to Nakama’s quick rise as a golfer, but the game did not come easy for him.  “I hit balls all the time—I was a real range rat,” he said.  “The first few years, I don’t think anyone hit more golf balls than I did.”

In 1983, Nakama won his first event as an amateur, the Oahu Country Club Invitational, and then won it again in 1984 and 1985 before turning pro. Two years later, in 1987, he captured his first professional tournaments, the Japan Airlines Open and Hawaii State Open.

Between 1985 and 1987, he won five times on the Golden State mini-tour in California; and between 1987 and 1990 he played the Asian Tour, where he had runner-up finishes in the Malaysian, India and Singapore Open championships and was a fully exempt Top 40 player.

Nakama said he owes a special debt of gratitude to pro golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez, who sponsored him on the Asian circuit. Rodriguez and his Hawaiian-born wife, Iwalani, were having lunch one day at the Olomana Golf Club when Casey’s cousin Lloyd introduced him to the Puerto Rican golfing legend.

Rodriguez was impressed with Casey’s abilities and invited him to Puerto Rico for a fundraising event and two weeks of practice—an experience that Nakama said improved his skills and boosted his confidence.   

One of Nakama’s fondest memories is caddying for Rodriguez at the inaugural Senior Skins Game, held in 1988 at the Turtle Bay Resort.  Pitted against Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Sam Snead, Rodriguez won 15 of 18 possible skins and took home $300,000 of a $360,000 purse.  Snead was shut out.

After finishing his round, Rodriguez quietly wrote out a check for $5,000 and had Casey deliver it to a grateful Snead in his hotel room.  It was a display of class and sportsmanship that Nakama has never forgotten. 

During his years in Asia, Nakama contemplated playing in Japan, but says his goal was always to qualify for the PGA Tour.  He went to the Tour Qualifying School five times, twice making it the third and final stage but never finishing high enough to earn his Tour Card.

In 1992 he stopped traveling and returned to the Islands. Over the next decade he won the Maui Open three times (1992, 1998 and 2001) and had single victories in the Hilo Open (1993), Mid-Pacific Open (1996) and Waikoloa Open (1999).

He started the Casey Nakama Golf Development Center at Olomana in 1996. “I began by teaching adults,” he said.  “But in 1997 Tiger Woods turned pro and junior golf just blew up.  We had hundreds of kids sign up.”

One of those kids was Michelle Wie, the reigning U.S. Women’s Open champion, who joined the program as a 10-year-old in 1999.  Today, what started as summer program operates year-round, and its graduates include Cyd Okino, who qualified for the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open at age 14, and Bradley Shigezawa, who amassed 18 victories as a junior golfer and at 14 qualified for the 2006 U.S. Amateur.

Nakama gives a lot of the credit for the school’s success to his teaching assistants and fellow professionals Lance Suzuki, who was inducted into the Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame in 2002, Philip Chun and Norman-Ganin Asao.

The banquet is set for Saturday, February 7th, at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii in Moilili. The event welcomes the attendance of all supporters of the game. Ticket are being sold through the office of the Aloha Section PGA (808.593.2230) or by email to Kyra Chun ( Ticket prices for Adults $70 and Children Age 10 & Younger $30 before January 23rd. After the 23rd ticket prices will be $85 for Adults and $45 for Children. Printable version of ticket registration form below.





 KOHALA COAST, HAWAII – December 14, 2014 – It was another unpredictable day at the final round of the Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii State Open. Gusty conditions and stiff competition didn’t stop Dean Wilson from winning his second title in the past three years.  Wilson’s loss in the playoff to Nick Mason last year proved to be just the medicine he needed to sink a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole today to avoid another playoff and win by a stroke.  Wilson finished the day at even par 72, 4-under par 212 (70-70-72) for the tournament, one stroke better than Sun Il Jung (71-74-68) and Ryan Heisey (70-74-69) and takes home the $10,000 first place prize. Robby Ormand of Austin, Texas, finished in solo fourth at 1-under par 215 with low amateur, John Oda at 1-over par 217.

13-year old Titan Oshura shot his low round of the week 77 to finish T34 (235) in his first Hawaii State Open appearance.

In the Senior Open division, second round co-leader and Olomana Golf Club professional Casey Nakama steadied his play to shoot a final round 73 (216) to finish six shots ahead of amateur Mike Kawate (222).  PGA professionals Jeff Coston and Kevin Hayashi tie for third at 7-over par 223.

David Long continued his stellar play to win by eight shots (243) in the A-Flight division over Brad Ching (251).

Punahou School junior Allisen Corpuz swept the Women’s Open division in a wire-to-wire finish with a two-shot victory (236) over Big Island-native Kimberly Kim (238).


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 state of Hawaii.







KOHALA COAST, HAWAII – December 13, 2014 – Blustery conditions with winds up to 50 miles per hour tamed the 165-person field at the Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii State Open.  Red numbers were scarce in the second round with an array of shots failing to find the bottom of the cup. 

2012 champion Dean Wilson shot back to back 70’s for a 4-under par total 140 to lead the field, two shots ahead of first round leader Jake Grodzinsky (67-75), 2-under par 142.  Christopher Tedesco, Kenneth McCready, Robby Ormand, and John Oda are in a tie for third with a 1-under par, 36-hole total 143.

 13-year-old Titan Oshura, the youngest player in the field, fired another 79 to finish at 158 to make the 36-hole cut.

In the Senior Open division, amateur Mike Kawate (72-71) and former champion Casey Nakama (71-72) lead the field at 1-under par, 143 for 36 holes.  First round leader Kevin Hayashi fell back with a second round 79, for a 4-over par total 148, tie for third with PGA professional Scott Simpson (70-78).  2015 Champions Tour National Qualifier Jeff Coston is in solo fifth (72-77) with a 149 total.

A-Flight division leader, David Long leads the pack with a 81-82 (163).  First round leader Brad Ching fell to second with a 79-85 (164).

In the Women’s Open division, amateur Allisen Corpuz scraped together a 6-over par 78, for a 149 total, ten strokes ahead of Mikado Nagatori with a 75-84 (159).