Mid-Pacific Open started its tradition by combining the Lanikai Cup which was held for amateurs and the Campos Trophy for local golf professionals into one prestigious event. Mid-Pacific Country Club and its proud members have continued to uphold this fine golfing tradition over 55 years.
The inaugural Mid-Pacific Open was held in 1956 and Guinea Kop was crowned as the first tournament champion shooting an impressive 72-hole tournament score of 285. In 1968 touring golf professional Jerry Barber, set the tournament record of 14 under par. This record was to stand for the next 18 years until up and coming golf professional David Ishii posted a 72-hole gross score of 271, shattering the record by 3 strokes. This tournament record still stands today. David went on to win another 2 times with his most recent victory in 2006.
The names etched on the Open perpetual trophy are some of Hawaii’s Golfing Legends and inductees into the Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame. Ted Makalena, Jimmy Ukauka, Larry Stubblefield and Ron Castillo have all had this honor. Recent Hall of Fame inductee Lance Suzuki has had his name engraved on our Open Trophy a record setting 8 times. This record will not be matched for a long time, if ever.
Other “repeat” winners include 3 time champion Greg Meyers and 2 time champion Allan Yamamoto. As the legacy of golfing greats continued into the 21th Century, Guinea Kop’s grandson, Regan Lee, captured the title in 2002, 2003, and 2004 becoming Mid-Pacific Open’s first three-peat winner. In 2009 Tadd Fujikawa became the latest 2 time winner. In 2010, Samuel Cyr, a Maui native captured the title and after Nathan Lashley, of Arizona, won in 2011. Nick Mason, another “local boy”, beat Lashley in a playoff to take the title in 2012; and in 2013 a new course record of 62, beating the old course record set by Greg Meyers was posted by Kamehameha Schools’ and University of Hawaii graduate, T.J. Kua, during the 2nd round, who went on to win the tournament!
While continuing the Mid-Pacific Open’s legendary history, this tournament is one of Hawaii’s premier golfing events and along with ASPGA’s State Open remains the only open tournament for Hawaii professionals. One of only three 72-hole tournaments in the State, the Open attracts golfers from all islands and abroad all wanting their shot at having their name etched on the coveted trophy.
|Year||Professional||Championship||A-Flight||B-Flight||Senior Professional||Senior Amateur|
|2017||Jared Sawada||Tyler Ota||Rusty Santiago||David Lee||David Ishii, PGA||Doug Banks|
|2016||Parker McLachlin||Shawn Lu||James Nam||William Enomoto||Kevin Hayashi, PGA||Brandan Kop|
|2015||Bradley Shigezawa||Andrew Chin||Marc Arakaki||William Enomoto||Kevin Hayashi||Mike Kawate|
|2014||Nick Mason||Kyle Suppa||David Kawaharada||David Kochi||Casey Nakama||Carl Ho|
|2013||T.J. Kua||Kalena Preus||David Long||Wendell Kop||Billy Bomar||Doug Banks|
|2012||Nick Mason||Richard Hattori||Kyle M Yawata||John K Iyoki||David Ishii||Paul Kimura|
|2011||Nathan Lashley||Kalena Preus||Allan Kuaana||Michael Yanagihashi||David Ishii||Doug Banks|
|2010||Samuel Cyr||Lorens Chan||Rocky Reed||Clifford Nishikawa|
|1974||Ron Castillo, Sr.|