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KOHALA COAST, HAWAII – DECEMBER 13, 2017 – 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, the event 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 and will be returning to Mauna Lani Resort for the 6th year in a row.
The tournament draws a field of 186 players, males and females, 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 14th 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 15th and played on both the 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, TJ Esaki-Kua returns to defend his title against a field of past champions and young professionals. Esaki-Kua will be joined with a stellar field of professionals including Dean Wilson (’07, ’12, ‘14), Nick Mason, (’15, ’13, ’08), Tadd Fujikawa (’10), Sam Cyr (’11) and Kevin Hayashi (’09, ’00, ’01).
In the Senior Open division we have another legendary field. PGA Tour and Japan PGA Tour member David Ishii (’80, ’84, ’85 ; Men’s Open Champion) (’10, ’11; Senior Open Champion) along with PGA TOUR and PGA CHAMPIONS TOUR players Scott Simpson, Mike Reid, David Eichelberger and Jeff Coston will all be competing for this year’s title. The Men’s Open amateur competition brings home Kyle Suppa (’15 Amateur Champion) who is now attending USC and Tyler Ota who recently earned the amateur exemption into the 2018 SONY OPEN IN HAWAII during the Governor John A. Burns Challenge Cup.
We are excited for a great week of golf on the Kohala Coast at Mauna Lani Resort and would like to recognize our major tournament sponsors: Mauna Lani Resort – Title Sponsor, JTB Hawaii Travel, LLC. – Tour Sponsor, Big Island Candies – Platinum Sponsor, Quality Air Conditioning – Platinum Sponsor, National Car Rental – Pro AM Sponsor and Mauna Lani Bay Hotel – Official Tournament Hotel.
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 sceneries, 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 236 golf professionals working at over 90 facilities within the Section. The mission of the Aloha Section (ASPGA) is 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.
Contact: Wesley Wailehua
Phone: (808) 593-2230