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.