KOHALA COAST, HAWAII – DECEMBER 5, 2013 – The Aloha Section PGA is excited to be returning to Mauna Lani Resort for the Hawaii State Open. First played in 1920 as the Hawaiian State Open it eventually became a PGA Tour stop known to the golfing world as the Hawaiian Open. In 1976, the Aloha Section PGA revived the event as the ultimate golf championship for professionals and amateurs with the purpose of determining the best golfer in the islands. The tournament is now presented by the Aloha Section PGA Foundation and will be returning to Mauna Lani Resort for the 2nd year.
The tournament draws a field of 170 players male and female, from across the state, U.S. mainland and other countries with a total purse of $60,000.
The event opens with a PRO-AM on December 12th benefitting the Aloha Section PGA Foundation (a non-profit 501 c3) and will be played on the historic South course. The Championship tournament will begin Friday, December 13th and played on both North and South courses. This year’s field of players lists some of Hawaii Golf Hall of Famers and top professionals and amateurs.
In the Men’s Open division past champion Dean Wilson, PGA (’07, ’12) will be up against a strong field of players. Tadd Fujikawa (’10), Casey Nakama (’87), Sean Maekawa, TJ Kua, and Eric Dugas will be competing for this year’s trophy.
In the Senior Open division defending champion Kevin Hayashi, PGA who won the Men’s Open division in 1999, 2000, and 2001 will have fellow past champions David Ishii, PGA (’80, ‘84’, ’85), Scott Simpson, PGA (’79, ’81, ’93, ’94) to contend against this year. The Men’s amateur competition brings John Oda, Kyle Suppa, Jared Sawada, and Tyler Ota.
We would also like to recognize our major tournament sponsors; Mauna Lani Resort (Operations) – Title Sponsor, Big Island Candies – Platinum Sponsor, and BMW OF HONOLULU – Official Vehicle Sponsor
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.