LANIKAI, HAWAII – APRIL 14, 2017 – Driven by a passion for the game of golf, local developer Charles Frazier hired prolific American course architect Seth Raynor to sculpt eighteen championship holes from 202 acres of dry kiawe-covered land. In 1926, Mid-Pacific Country Club opened for business with 65 founding members of the Club.
Thirty years later, the inaugural MID-PACIFIC OPEN was held in 1956. The 72-hole championship tournament was won by Guinea Kop who finished the 6,900 yard course with a score of 285. Kop went on to pursue a professional career and joined the PGA of America as one of its first Asian members.
Now in its 59th year, the MID-PACIFIC OPEN is the only four day, privately funded Open championship in Hawaii. The perpetual trophy lists many golf legends and members of the Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame including eight time Open champion, Lance Suzuki. Last year, professional Parker McLachlin finished at 277, surpassing Guinea Kop’s winning score in 1956 by eight strokes. Unfortunately, McLachlin will not be back this year to defend his title but we will have a stellar field of competitors and past champions to contend for the title. Past champions TJ Kua (‘13), Nick Mason (‘12, ‘14), Casey Nakama (‘96) as well as PGA Tour member Dean Wilson are among the favorites to be in the final pairings on Sunday. The field will compete for $70,000 in prizes.
Continuing the tradition of the Open, Michael Kawaharada (Tournament Chair) calls upon members of the club, business clients and family friends to carry forward the history of the MID-PACIFIC OPEN. As a member of Mid-Pacific Country Club since 1983, Kawaharada devotes half the year to prepare for the tournament. “The players deserve an opportunity to play on the best championship conditions.” says Kawaharada who has the arduous task for filling the Pro-Am with teams. The tournament sponsors in the Pro-Am consist of members and Kawaharada’s friends who support his vision of Mid-Pacific Country Club being the best championship course in Hawaii. Kawaharada attributes the course’s reputation to superintendent, Jason Amoy. The players in the tournament agree with Kawaharada, naming the MID-PACIFIC OPEN as “The Masters of Hawaii”.
Next week, the 59th MID-PACIFIC OPEN will tee up on April 20th – 23rd with a field of 208 professional and amateurs. The tournament is an OFFICIAL EVENT of the PGA of America – Aloha Section, one of only two events 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.
** We would also like to recognize our major tournament sponsors; BCS, Inc. – Platinum Plus Sponsor, D. Otani Produce, Servco Pacific Insurance & Employee Benefits, Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts LP, HFM Foodservice, Advantage Insurance Services/Resort Management Group as Platinum Sponsors and the Members of Mid-Pacific Country Club.
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.