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2014 SONY OPEN IN HAWAII — PRE-QUALIFIER

As the New Year begins the first event starts at Turtle Bay’s Arnold Palmer course for the 2014 SONY OPEN in HAWAII’s Pre-Qualifier (Sunday 1/5) and Monday Qualifier (1/6). There are 75 professionals and amateurs teeing it up for the Pre-Qualifier and the top forty 40 (plus ties) will advance to the Monday Qualifier.

 

The first tee time will be at 7:30 AM off the 1st tee and 10th tee. Attached are pairings for the Sunday’s event. Following the completion of the round tee times will be published for Monday’s Qualifier which will begin at approximately 7:30 AM off the 1st and 10th tee of the Arnold Palmer course. The top four finishers from Monday’s Qualifier will advance to the 2014 SONY OPEN IN HAWAII.

 For more information about the Pre-Qualifier or the Monday Qualifier, please email me at wwailehua@pgahq.com or contact the Section office at 808-593-2230.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

PAIRINGS – Pre-QualifierPRINT

RESULTS – Pre-Qualifier

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NICK MASON WINS IN A PLAYOFF AT THE MAUNA LANI RESORT HAWAII STATE OPEN

 

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.

Second round leader Jake Grodzinsky fell out of the top spot with a final round 73 (-6) and amateur David Fink posted a three under 69 today (-9), to finish one stroke out of the playoff.  Other notable players include John Oda (-3), T.J. Kua (-2), and Tadd Fujikawa (+5).

 In the Senior Professional Division, Jeff Coston continued his stellar play with an even par 72 to finish at eight under par, one shot over former U.S. Open champion Scott Simpson (-7). First round leader Jay Taise and defending senior champion Kevin Hayashi tied for third at five under par. Former champion, David Ishii shot a one over 73 to finish at one under par for the tournament.

 In the Senior Amateur Division, Richard Gillette posted a 77 (+6) in his final round to finish nine shots ahead of Carl Ho (+15).

 On the South Course, professional Mari Chun posted a one under 71 to finish at even par to win her second Hawaii State Open.  Amateur Brittany Fan also posted a one under 71 to finish at five over for the tournament.  Big Island resident Tamara Surtees also shot a final round 71 to finish at eight over par. Also on the South Course, Joe Yabuki won A-Flight with a final round 78 (+15).

 The 2014 Hawaii State Open is scheduled for December 12 – 14 at Mauna Lani Resort.  For more information please contact the Aloha Section PGA.

FINAL RESULTS

 

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GRODZINSKY FIRES A (66) TODAY TO LEAD THE MAUNA LANI RESORT HAWAII STATE OPEN BY ONE STROKE

As the first round came to an end on the South Course, the second round at the Hawaii State Open was in full swing on the esteemed North Course at Mauna Lani Resort.

First round leader David Fink (a) posted a two under 70 today (-6), just a stroke behind professional Jake Grodzinsky, who shot the low round of the day with a blistering six under 66 (-7). Professional Nick Mason (-6) is tied with Fink for third, while defending champion Dean Wilson is just two strokes back with a 69 (-5). Tadd Fujikawa is back in contention with a second round 67, after shooting a first round 80.

In the Senior Professional Division, Jeff Coston posted a three under 69 for a two-day total of 136 (-8), while first round leader Jay Taise posted another great round of 70 (-7), just a shot back of the lead.  Former U.S. Open Champion, Scott Simpson, is four shots back with another round of two under 70 (-4). Tied with Simpson is defending senior champion Kevin Hayashi and Lance Taketa, with former Hawaiian Open champion, David Ishii just two shots back at two under par.

In the Senior Amateur Division, first-round leader Richard Gillette posted a 75 today (+1) to lead by four strokes over Paul Kimura (+5).

On the South Course, professional Mari Chun continued her steady play with a one under 71 for a two-day total of 145 (+1), five shots ahead of amateur Brittany Fan (+6) and six shots ahead of amateur Aneka Seumanutafa (+7) to lead the Women’s Division. Also on the South Course, Joe Yabuki leads A-Flight with a second round even par 72 (+9), six shots ahead of first-round leader Wedemeyer Au and Felix Asia.

Final round play starts at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow on the North Course with the Senior Division and Men’s Open to follow.  Both the Women’s Division and A-Flight tee off at 7:30 a.m. on the South Course.

 

FINAL CUT

 

PROFESSIONAL 152
CHAMPIONSHIP 159
SENIOR-PROFESSIONAL 152
SENIOR-AMATEUR 162
A-FLIGHT 160
WOMEN’S OPEN 178

 

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DAVID FINK (a) LEAD FIRST ROUND OF MAUNA LANI RESORT HAWAII STATE OPEN

 

As the sun stretched its rays above the crest of Mauna Kea, the player took to the first tee of the South course for the 2013 Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii State Open.  

David Fink (a) leads the Men’s Open division with an impressive 4-under (31-37=68), just one stroke ahead of Shawn Lu (a). Defending Champion Dean Wilson is two stroke behind Fink at (70) and tied with fellow professionals Max Bonk and Nick Mason.  

In the Senior Division, Jay Taise is tied with Jeff Coston at (67) while defending Senior Champion Kevin Hayashi posted a (69) to finish two swings back of Taise and Coston. Past Champions Scott Simpson and David Ishii are in a four way tie for 4th place at (70).  

In the Senior Amateur Division Richard Gillette posted a (70) today to lead by three strokes. On the North Course, professional Mari Chun posted a two over (74) to lead the Women’s Division by one shot over amateur Aneka Seumanutafa. The A-Flight also played the North Course today with Wedemeyer Au finishing with a two shot lead (79) over Joe Yabuki.

 Unfortunately not all of the players in the Men’s Open division completed Round #1 today. At 5:45pm this evening the Tournament committee suspended play for safety reasons leaving three groups in the Men’s Open division unable to complete Round #1.  

The committee has asked each player to report to the cart staging area and be ready to play by 6:30am tomorrow morning. The players that have completed Round #1 were re-paired within their division by gross score with the Men’s Open teeing off first on the North Course at 6:40am and the Women’s Open teeing off at 7:30am on the South course.

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REGAN LEE CAPTURES ASSISTANT CHAMPIONSHIP AT PEARL CC

 

 

Congratulations to Regan Lee from Pearl Country Club for winning the 2013 National Car Rental Aloha PGA Assistant Championship with a two day total of 74-72=146. Lee’s even par round allowed him to cruise toward the win to finish 5-strokes ahead of Ko Olina Golf Club’s Kevin Shimomura and Waialae Country Club’s Damon Wilson, who both tied today at (151).  

Regan will be representing the Aloha Section PGA at the 37th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship presented by Cobra Puma Golf, at PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie, Florida on October 31st – November 3, 2013. He will also take home $1,500 in prize money for his performance and airfare to the National Event paid by Cobra Puma Golf. Because there was a tie for second play between Kevin Shimomura and Damon Wilson, a hole-by-hole play-off was held to determine who would be the first alternate. On the second play-off hole Kevin Shimomura holed his putt for birdie to earn the alternate spot.  

On behalf of the Aloha Section, we would like to recognize Guy Yamamoto and Pearl Country Club for their support in hosting this event. We would also like to thank Joey Sakaue from Cobra Puma Golf for hosting a player’s dinner after Round #1.

 

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