FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CYR, GRANT, AND TELLES TIED FOR LEAD
AT 2018 MID-PACIFIC OPEN
LANIKAI, HAWAII – APRIL 19, 2018 – 200 of the state’s top amateurs and professionals teed it up for Round 1 of the 2018 MID-PACIFIC OPEN. Now in its 60th year, the MID-PACIFIC OPEN is the last remaining four-day Open tournament held in the islands.
In spite of torrential rain in the past week, the Mid-Pacific Country Club played exceptionally well for today’s Round 1, ultimately leading to a three-way tie of a five-under par score (67) between 2010 Mid-Pacific OPEN past-champion Samuel Cyr (Maui), Brent Grant (Honolulu), and Damian Telles (Oregon). Justin Keiley sits one stroke off the lead at four-under par (68).
In Championship flight, Moanalua’s Peter Jung shot one-under par (71) to hold a one shot lead over 2017 Mid-Pacific OPEN amateur past-champion Tyler Ota and Punahou senior Remington Hirano.
Howard Miao and Tim McClaren are currently leading a competitive A-Flight division after shooting 76. Rodney Doo (82) is currently leading B-Flight, just one stroke ahead of Shawn Tanabe and Mid-Pacific OPEN vice-chairman Vincent Yim.
In our Senior Professional Division, PGA Professional Kevin Hayashi fired a one-under par (71). James Blair sits at even-par (72) and Casey Nakama is two strokes off the lead at one-over par (73). Mike Kawate (74) leads the Senior Amateur Division two strokes ahead of Brandan Kop (76).
Tomorrow’s tee times will begin at 6:30 AM off the 1st and 10th tee. Spectators are welcome to follow the players and experience the beauty of Mid-Pacific Country Club. Following the completion of Round #2 the field will be cut by approximately 50% plus ties.
The Tournament Committee is proud to announce its partnership with the PGA of America – Aloha Section to brand the MID-PACIFIC OPEN as an OFFICIAL EVENT Aloha Section PGA. The MID-PACIFIC OPEN is the now the second event in Hawaii to be awarded this designation, which exemplifies the highest standards of competition for players. It also recognizes the members of Mid-Pacific Country Club, all of whom have served loyally and well for the successful accomplishments the players have enjoyed for many years.
Scores for this year’s MID-PACIFIC OPEN are being posted LIVE in real-time, to follow the action online, visit the Aloha Section PGA website www.aspga.com
About Mid-Pacific Country Club: Established in 1926, Mid-Pacific Country Club is a private club nestled in the world-renowned community of Lanikai on Oahu’s picturesque windward side. The first class golf course has hosted some of the world’s finest golfers, prestigious golf tournaments and U.S. Presidents. The Club also offers versatile venues for members to entertain their family and guests as well as a variety of dining options. With spectacular views of the Ko’olau Mountains, the crystal blue ocean and the iconic Mokulua Islands, Mid-Pacific Country Club is the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
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 the state of Hawaii.
Visionary Video – Kona, Hawaii will be providing tournament footage and interviews during the event on behalf of the committee.
Executive Director / C.E.O.
PGA of America – Aloha Section