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SAWADA CAPTURES PRINCE INVITATIONAL

“Magnificent by Nature” is what The Prince Course at Princeville is known for on Kauai. The beauty of the course will test every golfer’s skills to their limits both physical and mental.

 In its fourth year the Prince Invitational wrapped up this afternoon with Jared Sawada capturing the championship title. Sawada now has two of the tournament titles, first as an amateur in 2012 and now as a professional. Posting a 2-day total of (142) Sawada’s 2-under par finish allowed him to slide past Alex Chiarella (a) by one stroke for the win. Professional Jake Grodzinsky would finish third at (145) with past champion TJ Kua two shots back at (147) to round out the top finishers of the Men’s Open.

 In the overall Championship flight Chiarella’s score of (143) would give him a five shot swing over Dalen Yamauchi who finished at (148). Alika Bell and James Horton would finish tied for 3rd at (150).  

 In A-Flight Steve Mickle won the division with a 2-day (85-80=165) and Andy Lozano finished 2nd at (81-88=169). Dayron Vargas had a tight competition going in B-Flight with David Gerow but would end up winning to beat Gerow by a one stroke swing to finish at (179).

 On behalf of the tournament committee, we would like to thank our sponsors for helping support this year’s event.

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SAWADA AND SHIMOMURA(a) TIED FOR LEAD AT PRINCE INVITATIONAL

 

With an afternoon blessing of gentle rain showers the field of seventy-seven (77) players prided out in their golfs carts for a shotgun start at 2014 PRINCE INVITATIONAL. This year’s tournament has three divisions, Men’s Open (Professional/Championship up to a 5.0 index), A-Flight and B-Flight.

 Leading the field with a first round score of 2-under is Jared Sawada from Oahu, followed by Jake Grodzinsky (from Maui) who is even par at 72. This is Sawada’s first year playing as a professional in this event. In 2012 Sawada won as an amateur with a final score of (146). In the Championship flight Chris Shimomura is in the lead at 2-under and has a one stroke lead over Alex Chiarella, and two stroke lead over David Saka at (70). Because the Professional and Championship field is combined Sawada and Shimomura share the lead in the Men’s Open division.

 Andy Lozano has a 4-stroke lead in A-Flight posting an (81) and there is a three way tie at (85) between Matt Gilbertson, Steve Mickle, and George Pasley. There was lots of excitement on the course for Pasley today as he knocked the ball in the hole on #11 for a Hole-In-One.

 In the B-Flight, David Gerow is in the lead with a first round score of (87), while Bob Chrisman, Stan Fiorito, and Trenton Camat are all tied at (91).

 Tomorrow’s final round will be a shotgun start at 7:30 AM followed by an awards luncheon for the players.

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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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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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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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