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MAUNA LANI RESORT HOSTS PRESTIGIOUS HAWAII STATE OPEN

With a history that dates back to 1920, the PGA of America – Aloha Section is proud to continue our partnership with MAUNA LANI RESORT as title sponsor of the HAWAII STATE OPENHawaii’s most prestigious and historic golf event of the year. Established as the ultimate golf championship for professionals and amateurs in Hawaii, the MAUNA LANI RESORT HAWAII STATE OPEN will be held December 12-14, 2014 on the emerald fairways of the Francis H. I’i Brown North and South courses.

The 54-hole stroke play championship event consists of four divisions: Men’s Open, Men’s SeniorOpen, Women’s Open, and Men’s A-Flight. Last year with volcanic fog looming over the horizon at the Mauna Lani North Course, Nick Mason birdied the third playoff hole to win his first Hawaii State Open over defending champion Dean Wilson.  Mason posted a four under 68 in his final round, while Wilson shot a sizzling five under 67 to get in a two-way playoff at ten under par.  The drama unfolded on the second playoff hole when Mason missed a 4-foot birdie putt to win, but steadied his play with a 25-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to pocket the $10,000 first place check. Amateur David Fink posted a three under 69 (-9), to finish one stroke out of the playoff but he would win the Low Amateur Championship for the Men’s Open Championship Flight.

In addition to the Championship tournament the Aloha Section PGA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, announces the 2014 MAUNA LANI RESORT HAWAII STATE OPEN – PRO AM held on Thursday, December 11th, at Mauna Lani’s Francis H. I’i Brown – South Course. As a fundraiser for the Foundation, monies raised will support the continued growth of the game in Hawaii. Participants in the Pro-Am can look forward to a memorable experience on the emerald fairways and have their breath taken away by the captivating ocean views of the Kohala coastline. The tournament format is a six-person team (five amateurs/one professional). If you would like to invite your own professional to play with your group, we can accommodate your request. Otherwise, the tournament committee will assign a pro for you. The format is a 2-Best Net Aggregate with a shotgun beginning promptly at 10:00AM on the South course.  This event will be played the day before the HAWAII STATE OPEN – which means the course should be in pristine tournament condition.

On behalf of the tournament committee we invite you to join us at Mauna Lani for a tournament experience unlike any other in Hawaii. For more information about the Championship Event or Pro-Am Fundraiser please contact the Aloha Section PGA office (808) 593-2230.

 

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GARRETT OKAMURA CAPTURES ALOHA PGA PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

 Poipu, Hawaii – Garrett Okamura of Kahului, Maui, winner of the Aloha Section PGA Professional Championship, October 3rd at Poipu Bay will lead two Section PGA Professionals to compete in the 48th PGA Professional National Championship, June 21-24, 2015, at The Philadelphia Cricket Club. Okamura’s victory today also earned him an automatic exemption to the SONY OPEN in HAWAII on January 15-18, 2015 at Waialae Country Club.

 Okamura, turned in a winning total of 9-under-par 135 to capture the Aloha PGA Professional Champion title. David Havens of Kaanapali, Maui finished 2nd today at 141  to earn the second PNC qualifying spot and Kevin Shimomura of Honolulu, Oahu won the final qualifier spot in a play-off against Andrew Feldmann. 

 Returning for a second time to the Philadelphia PGA Section, the PGA Professional National Championship brings together a field of 312 contestants representing The PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections.

 In 2015, the National Championship field will compete at The Philadelphia Cricket Club, located 20 minutes northwest of downtown Philadelphia, Pa. The renowned club will utilize the renowned Wissahickon Course (formerly Flourtown), built by A.W. Tillinghast in 1922, and the Militia Hill Course, a 2002 design by Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry. The par-70, 7,119-yard Wissahickon Course will host the Championship’s final 36 holes, and is a past member of “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses” by Golf Digest, while the par-72, 7,199-yard Militia Hill Course is a regular “Top 25” Golf Digest selection in Pennsylvania.

 The PGA Professional National Championship, carrying a $550,000 total purse this year, is broadcast (all four rounds) by GOLF CHANNEL. Following 36 holes of play, the field will be trimmed to the low 90 scorers and ties, and following 54 holes of play, the field will be trimmed to the low 70 scorers and ties.

 The low 20 scorers in 2015 will earn berths into the 97th PGA Championship, Aug. 13-16, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis.

 In addition to the Walter Hagen Cup, the PGA Professional National Championship winner also receives an exemption into the next 10 PGA Professional National Championships and exemptions into six PGA Tour events over a 12-month period.

 Established in 1968, The PGA Professional National Championship roster of Champions includes the following premier Tour professionals: Sam Snead, Bob Rosburg, Don Massengale, Ed Dougherty, Larry Gilbert, and Bruce Fleisher.

 The PGA Professional National Championship is presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz, and OMEGA. Supporting sponsors are Titleist/FootJoy, Nike Golf, TaylorMade-adidas and Ashworth Golf, and the PGA TOUR.   GOLF CHANNEL is the official media partner. The 41 Section Championships and the National Championship offer a combined purse of $1.5 million.

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2014 ALOHA STROKE PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP

The 2014 Aloha PGA Professional Championship will be played this week at Poipu Bay on October 2-3. The 36-hole competition combines two tournaments into one event; the Aloha Section Stroke Play Championship and the qualifier for the PGA of America’s 48th Professional National Championship which will be played in 2015.The champion of this combined event will earn a spot in the 2015 SONY OPEN in HAWAII, which will be played at Waialae Country Club, January 15-18, 2015 and represent the Aloha Section at 48th PGA Professional National Championship, June 21-24, 2015, at The Philadelphia Cricket Club.

Returning for a second time to the Philadelphia PGA Section, the PGA Professional National Championship brings together a field of 312 contestants representing The PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections.

In 2015, the National Championship field will compete at The Philadelphia Cricket Club, located 20 minutes northwest of downtown Philadelphia, Pa. The renowned club will utilize the renowned Wissahickon Course (formerly Flourtown), built by A.W. Tillinghast in 1922, and the Militia Hill Course, a 2002 design by Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry. The par-70, 7,119-yard Wissahickon Course will host the Championship’s final 36 holes, and is a past member of “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses” by Golf Digest, while the par-72, 7,199-yard Militia Hill Course is a regular “Top 25” Golf Digest selection in Pennsylvania.

The PGA Professional National Championship, carrying a $550,000 total purse this year, is broadcast (all four rounds) by GOLF CHANNEL. Following 36 holes of play, the field will be trimmed to the low 90 scorers and ties, and following 54 holes of play, the field will be trimmed to the low 70 scorers and ties.

The low 20 scorers in 2015 will earn berths into the 97th PGA Championship, Aug. 13-16, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis.

In addition to the Walter Hagen Cup, the PGA Professional National Championship winner also receives an exemption into the next 10 PGA Professional National Championships and exemptions into six PGA Tour events over a 12-month period.

Established in 1968, The PGA Professional National Championship roster of Champions includes the following premier Tour professionals: Sam Snead, Bob Rosburg, Don Massengale, Ed Dougherty, Larry Gilbert, and Bruce Fleisher.

The PGA Professional National Championship is presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz, and OMEGA. Supporting sponsors are Titleist/FootJoy, Nike Golf, TaylorMade-adidas and Ashworth Golf, and the PGA TOUR.   GOLF CHANNEL is the official media partner. The 41 Section Championships and the National Championship offer a combined purse of $1.5 million.

 

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SHIMOMURA WINS VISA HALL OF FAME / HAYASHI CAPTURES SENIOR VISA AND ALOHA SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP WITH ACE

Congratulations to Kevin Shimomura from Ko Olina Golf Course for capturing the 2014 Visa Hall of Fame Championship at Kapalua with a two day total of 68-72-140 (5-under par).  Garrett Okamura from the Dunes at Maui Lani finished second with scores of 70-75-145 total.

 Kevin Hayashi from Nanea Golf Club captured the senior division with a two day total of 70-66-136 (9-under par).  Hayashi’s round included a hole-in-one on No. 11 from 164-yards.  Hayashi won by six strokes over Kirk Nelson from Maui Nui Golf Course 68-74-152.

Bill Hunt from GolfTec Hawaii captured the super senior division title for the third consecutive year with a two day total of 68-74-142 (3-under par).  Hunt won by nine strokes over Rodney Acia from Hilo Municipal Golf Course 71-80-151.

The Aloha Section Senior Stroke Professional Championship was held in conjunction with the tournament.  The top three qualifiers are Kevin Hayashi from Nanea Golf Club, Kirk Nelson from Maui Nui Golf Club and Jay Taise from Hapuna Golf Club.  They will represent the Aloha Section PGA at the 26th Senior PGA Professional National Championship which will be held on November 13-16, 2014 at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

 The Visa Hall of Fame Championship was played at both the Bay and Plantation Courses at Kapalua.  The field consists of PGA Members from the Aloha Section.  Visa is a supporting partner of Kapalua Resort and a sponsor of the event.

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SHIMOMURA LEAD VISA HALL OF FAME AT 4-UNDER

Kapalua Resort – The weather this afternoon at the Bay course was phenomenal as round one of the Visa Hall of Fame Championship teed off with 35 Aloha Section PGA professionals playing in three different age divisions in the par 72 layout.

 The Hall of Fame Championship division is lead by Kevin Shimomura of Ko Olina Golf Club with a four under par score of (68). Two stroke behind Shimomura is Garrett Okamura from The Dunes at Maui Lani at 2-under (70).

 In the Senior division, Kirk Nelson of Maui Nui Golf Club leads with a score of (68) with Jay Taise of Hapuna Golf Club one stroke back at (69).

 In the Super Senior division, Bill Hunt from GolfTec fired a 4-under par (68) to lead by three over Rodney Acia of Hilo Municipal Golf Course (71).

 Tomorrow’s final round will be played at Kapalua’s Plantation Course.

 This event is also combined with the Aloha Senior Section Championship. The top three (3) finishers in the Senior Division of the Visa Hall of Fame will earn a spot in the 26th Senior PGA Professional National Championship which will be held on November 13-16, 2014 at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

 

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