As the early morning sun warmed the beaches of Lanikai this morning, 207 of Hawaii’s elite golfers teed it up at the 56th MID-PACIFIC OPEN.
Tied for the lead at (68) after Round #1 is past champion Nick Mason (2012) and Jesse Mueller (2009 Pearl Open Champion). Today was Mueller’s second round at Mid-Pacific Country Club after playing in yesterday’s Pro-Am. Mason and Mueller are only one stoke a head of Punahou School Senior PJ Samiere (a) at (69) and two swings ahead of Eric Meichtry at (70). Despite the slick greens, today’s conditions produced an additional five rounds under par all tied at (71) – Dean Wilson, Stan Souza, Alex Ching, Brandan Kop (a), and Carl Ho (a). Past champion Casey Nakama (1996) is tied at (72) with Kevin Hayashi. Defending Champion TJ Kua posted a (74) today.
In the Championship flight PJ Samiere is two strokes ahead Past Champion Brandan Kop (1995) and Carl Ho, both at 1-under (71). Scott Ichimura is alone in 3rd at 72, while Matthew Ma, Kyosuke Hara, and Kyle Suppa are tied at (73) for 5th place.
Wendell Kop has a one stroke lead in A-Flight at (77) and Michael Yanagihashi leads B-Flight by two strokes at (80). In the Senior Professional division Stan Souza holds a one stroke lead over Casey Nakama and Kevin Hayashi. Over in the Senior Amateur division Carl Ho has a comfortable lead of five strokes at (71).
Tomorrow morning the round will begin at 6:30 AM off the 1st and 10th tee with the Professional/Championship. In the afternoon starting at 11:30 AM the A and B Flight players will tee it up. Spectators are encouraged to join us in Lanikai to watch the excitement of Round #2 of the 56th MID-PACIFIC OPEN.