Congratulations to TJ Kua for winning the 55th MID-PACIFIC OPEN. Results from today’s tournament are listed below.
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Pairings for the final round of the 55th MID-PACIFIC OPEN have been set by the committee with the leaders teeing off at 9:00AM. After smashing the course record yesterday with 62-swings TJ Kua retained his lead over Dean Wilson by four shots. Both players posted another exceptional round today finishing the course in 67-swings. Wilson started the back nine this morning with a bogey on #11 and #13 while Kua got busy with birdies on both holes. Their battle would continue on the front nine as one player made birdie, the other would respond.
Wilson and Kua will be joined tomorrow with Championship flight leaders, John Oda and Kalena Preus. Oda and Preus both shot 71 today but Preus remains in the lead of Championship flight by two shots. Their 9:00AM foursome will be the crown pairing for the final round of the 55th MID-PACIFIC OPEN.
Our A-Flight leader David Long is 8-shots ahead of Layne Tanaka, Paul Glen and David Ishikawa who are all tied at 245. While Wendell Kop will match-off with Jon Ichimura tomorrow at 7:50AM. Kop is only one swing a head of Ichimura at 245.
The preparations for the final round are under way as we anticipate another gorgeous day in Lanikai tomorrow. Spectators are welcome to follow our leaders but must walk. The committee will have LIVE HOLE-BY-HOLE scoring for the leader groups listed below so stay tuned for highlights of the final round.
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OFFICIAL CUT NUMBERS
ROUND #3 of the MID-PACIFIC OPEN begins this morning at 6:50AM off the 1st and 10th tee. The tournament committee will be hosting LIVE SCORING for the leader groups via the web-link below. Stay tune to all the action as the LIVE SCORING feed will be activated 10 minutes after the lead groups starting tee.
OFFICIAL CUT NUMBERS
It took 5-hours for TJ Kua to break the 24-year course record set by Greg Meyer on February 18, 1989. Kua posted an impressive 32-30=62 this morning in treacherous wind conditions. He now leads the tournament at 134, just 4 shots ahead of Dean Wilson who finished today at 66. Yesterday’s leader Eric Meichtry is two strokes back (69-71 = 140) of Wilson.
In the Senior-PRO division local favorite Casey Nakama is tied with Alaska native Billy Bomar at 149. The two professionals will use their RD#3 score as the tie breaker tomorrow. If they are still tied after RD#3 the play off will continue to RD#4.
Punahou senior Kalena Preus is leading Championship flight at 142 just 2-strokes ahead of teammate Kyle Suppa and Moanalua’s John Oda. Hawaii Golf Hall of Famer Brandan Kop is hanging strong with the high school boys in Championship flight at 146.
After missing last year’s tournament Doug Banks (Oregon resident) has won another Senior AM title with a 153 (76-77), beating Mike Kawate by one stroke.
Leading A-Flight is David Long at 156 who is three strokes ahead of Glenn Kakuni at 159. In B-Flight Wendell Kop is at 162 with Derek Fukuda and Tomi Yamada at 165.
Tomorrow’s tee times will begin at 650AM off the 1st and 10th tee with the leaders teeing off at about 8:47AM. Congratulations to TJ KUA for his outstanding round today (62). Spectators are welcome to join us this weekend, so come visit us in beautiful Lanikai.
The OFFICIAL CUT scores for RD#3
PROFESSOINAL – 155
CHAMPIONSHIP – 158
A FLIGHT – 171
B FLIGHT – 179