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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.

















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.





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.







The Aloha Section PGA and Kapalua Golf are proud to announce the partnership with Visa Worldwide as a major sponsor of the Visa Hall of Fame Championship. PLAYED SINCE 1988, the Hall of Fame tournament is a major event for the Aloha Section PGA and consists of three flights and a purse of $26,500.  The first tee time for Round #1 will be at 11:40AM on Sunday (August 24) on the Bay Course at Kapalua.

Pairings for Round #2 (August 25) will be available approximately 45 minutes after the last group finishes. The first tee time for Round #2 will be 7:00AM. Players will be paired by their gross score from Round #1, with the leaders teeing off last within each flight. The tee time rotation for Round #2 will be as followed; Super Senior, Senior, and Championship Flight.

Eligible players will also be playing for a separate purse and three qualifying spots in 2014 Aloha Senior Section Championship. In order to be eligible for event players must be at least 50 years old and play in the Senior Division of the Visa Hall of Fame. The eligible Champion and two additional qualifiers 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.





Tournament History…..

The Hall of Fame tournament has been played at Kapalua since 1988 starting with GTE as the major sponsor before being bought by Hawaiian TELCOM and Verizon. The tournament was then sponsored by Visa for a few years and  now Visa has signed an agreement with Kapalua to be a “Proud Sponsor” of the resort allocating money to support the traditional Hall of Fame Championship and PRO-AM, and the Annual Food and Wine Festival at Kapalua. The history of the tournament draws players from throughout the state to participate. Because it is  a sanctioned event of the Aloha Section PGA, players must be PGA Class-A members (Professionals who have obtained membership from the PGA of America through their management program).




 Honolulu,Hawaii – Kevin Shimomura of (Pearl City, Hawaii) won the National Car Rental Aloha PGA Assistant Championship Tuesday, August 19 at Pearl Country Club in Aiea, Hawaii.


 “This tournament is a great opportunity for us (assistants)”, said Shimomura, an assistant at Ko Olina Golf Club. “We appreciate National Car Rental’s support for this event.” By winning, Shimomura qualified for the 38th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship, Oct.  30 – Nov. 2, at PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker Course) in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The facility will be hosting its nineteenth consecutive PGA Assistant Championship.


 Shimomura, (31), posted a final-round (74) for a tournament total of (148) and a (3)-stroke victory over Brandon Nahale, Juan Rodriguez and Jason Jakovac.


 “The course was tough and I thought I played well but he (Kevin) just played better”, said Nahale who is an assistant at Waialae Country Club. Nahale earned the spot as first alternate from the Aloha Section.


As the two eligible qualifiers from the Aloha Section, Shimomura and Nahale, will earn bonus money of $800 and $400 respective from National Car Rental for their finish in the tournament. 


The 126-man field for this year’s 38th edition of the PGA Assistant Championship consists of the top-4 finishers from last year’s Championship, if eligible, as well assistant’s and apprentices from a weighted average of total entries of the 41 PGA Sections. 


The winner of the 38th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship earns $9,000 out of a total purse of $100,000. The top-70 finishers and ties after the second round will make the cut. 


The Aloha Section would also like to thank Pearl Country Club for hosting this year’s tournament.