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MAUNA LANI RESORT HAWAII STATE OPEN

 

The Aloha Section PGA is excited to be returning to Mauna Lani Resort for the 3rd year of the Hawaii State Open. First played in 1920 as the Hawaiian State Open it eventually became a PGA Tour stop known to the golfing world as the Hawaiian Open. In 1976, the Aloha Section PGA revived the event as the ultimate golf championship for professionals and amateurs with the purpose of determining the best golfer in the islands.

 The tournament draws a field of 170 players male and female, from across the state, U.S. mainland and other countries with a total purse of $60,000.

 As the final event in the Aloha Section PGA tournament season, the Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii State Open is a celebration of the game, the competition and friendships. The Aloha Section PGA is proud to have Mauna Lani Resort as a partner who shares the vision of growing the game one swing at a time. The Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii State Open is where players become legends making their mark in history.

 Mahalo for your support and we hope you enjoy your round.

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NICK MASON DEFENDS TITLE ON EMERALD FAIRWAYS AT MAUNA LANI

                                            
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 MAUNA LANI RESORT HAWAII STATE OPEN

  KOHALA COAST, HAWAII – DECEMBER 6, 2014 – The Aloha Section PGA is excited to be returning to Mauna Lani Resort for the Hawaii State Open. First played in 1920 as the Hawaiian State Open it eventually became a PGA Tour stop known to the golfing world as the Hawaiian Open. In 1976, the Aloha Section PGA revived the event as the ultimate golf championship for professionals and amateurs with the purpose of determining the best golfer in the islands. The tournament is now presented by the Aloha Section PGA Foundation and will be returning to Mauna Lani Resort for the 3rd year.   

The tournament draws a field of 170 players male and female, from across the state, U.S. mainland and other countries with a total purse of $60,000.

The event opens with a PRO-AM on December 11th benefitting the Aloha Section PGA Foundation (a non-profit 501 c3) and will be played on the historic South course. The Championship tournament will begin Friday, December 13th and played on both North and South courses. This year’s field of players lists some of Hawaii Golf Hall of Famers and top professionals and amateurs.

In the Men’s Open division Nick Mason returns to defend his title against a field of past champions and young professionals. Past champion Dean Wilson, PGA (’07, ’12) matched shot for shot last year against Mason in a 3-hole playoff will be joined by Parker McLachlin, TJ Kua and Eric Dugas will compete for this year’s trophy. 

David Fink who captured the low amateur title last year will be his debut as a professional this year hoping to add his name to both side of the list of legends in the event.

In the Senior Open division defending champion Jeff Coston, PGA will be returning from the Pacific Northwest to compete against local ledgend Kevin Hayashi, PGA who won the Men’s Open division in 1999, 2000, and 2001; Scott Simpson, PGA (’79, ’81, ’93, ’94) and Casey Nakama (’87) to contend against this year. The Men’s amateur competition brings John Oda, Kyle Suppa and Nainoa Calip .

We would also like to recognize our major tournament sponsors; Mauna Lani Resort (Operations) – Title Sponsor, Big Island Candies – Platinum Sponsor and Treasury Vault – Platinum Sponsor.

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.

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The 2014 EZ-GO Facility Team Championship will be held this weekend on the Ke’olu and Resort course at Hualalai. This year the first round will be a shotgun start at 12:30PM on the Ke’olu Course. Traditional known as the Head-Pro / Assistant-Pro tournament this event is sponsored by Jay Hinazumi of EZ-GO Golf Concepts.

If you have any questions or need more information please contact me in the Section Office or via email.

 

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OKAMURA AND HEIRAKUJI WINS BRIDGESTONE PRO SCRATCH

With the fairways of Pearl Country Club covered with the fresh morning dew, Round #2 of the Bridgestone Pro Scratch teed off at 6:40AM. 

After posting a (59) yesterday the team of Garrett Okamura and Royden Heirakuji teed it up this morning against the (father/son) team of TJ and Stan Kua. It would be a challenging battle on the hills of Pearl Country Club this morning but Okamura and Heirakuji would end the round victorious nudging out the Kua’s by one stroke to finish (59-66=125).

As the professional of the team, Okamura earns a cash prize of $2,000 while Heirakuji takes home a gift certificate from Pearl Country Club [worth] $700.

On behalf of the Aloha Section PGA, we would like to express a big “Mahalo Nui Loa” to our sponsors from Bridgestone Golf (Del-Marc Fujita) and Todd Rego of Pearl Country Club for hosting the tournament this year.

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The field for 2014 Bridgestone Golf Pro-Scratch tournament is set to tee off Monday (November 3rd) at Pearl Country Club. This year there are forty-four (44) teams signed up to compete on the fairways of Pearl Country Club. This annual team competition is a 36-hole event which sells out in less than 24-hours. Philip Chun and Kala Kaaihue (a) (2013 Champions) will be returning to defend their title along with several other outstanding professional-amateur teams. Tee times for round one are available by clicking the link below. Mahalo to Del-Marc Fujita and BRIDGESTONE GOLF for their continued support of this event.  

For more information about this event please contact the Aloha Section PGA office. 808-593-2230

 

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