Corey Kozuma of (Kaneohe, Hawaii) won the National Car Rental Aloha PGA Assistant Championship at Hoakalei Country Club with a two-round total of (72-75) 147.
Corey’s victory earns him the Aloha Section PGA Assistant’s Championship title and a first place prize of $1,800. He will be representing the Aloha Section PGA at 41st National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship, Nov. 9 – 12, at PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker Course) in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The facility will be hosting its nineteenth consecutive PGA Assistant Championship.
“The course was wet after some unexpected downpours towards the end or round 1. Then, the wind picked up in round 2 and made the course more challenging for the field,” said Tad Fujimaki, Assistant General Manager of Hoakalei Country Club.
“This is a really good tournament and I had a great time playing in my first National Car Rental Assistant Championship. The course was setup great, despite some rain in the first round, but I played well in the morning and hung in there in the afternoon,” said Kozuma of Top Dawgs Golf Academy. “We appreciate National Car Rental’s support for this event.”
John Hearn posted a final-round 75 for a tournament total of 148 to tie Todd Rego and enter a play-off. Hearn earned the spot as first alternate from the Aloha Section.
“The course was tough and the weather conditions today were unpredictable, but I hung on today,” said Hearn who is an assistant at Oahu Country Club.
As the two eligible qualifiers from the Aloha Section, Kozuma will earn bonus money of $800 (Rego and Hearn $250 each) respectively from National Car Rental for their finish in the tournament.
The 126-man field for this year’s 41st 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 41st 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 Hoakalei Country Club for hosting this year’s tournament.