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2017 Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii State Open- Mauna Lani Resort Golf Courses, December 15 - 17. Defending Champion TJ Kua.

12.13.2017-- 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.

Visit the Aloha Section PGA's website for more click here.

Kevin Shimomura and Matthew Ma Capture 2017 PRO-Scratch Golf Tournament!

2017 PRO-Scratch Golf Tournament- Leilehua Golf Courses, December 4 & 5.

12.11.2017-- Pictured above left to right; OJGA President, Norman Asao, Leilehua Head Pro - David Higa, Winners, Amateur Matthew Ma and Pro Kevin Shimomura who won with a team score of 16-under par 128 (62-66), OJGA Vice President- Guy Yamamoto. Scores now posted in our forums click here to see. Also visit OJGA.org for more click here.

Team Nanea Golf Club (Kris Kitt and Juan Rodriquez) win playoff in 2017 EZ-GO TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP AT HUALALAI!

2017 EZ-GO Team Championship- Hualalai Golf Club, November 26 & 27. Hualalai Golf Club, November 26 & 27.

11.27.2017-- A beautiful two days in Kona presented the field with ideal golfing weather for the 2017 E-Z-GO Facilities Team Championship at Hualalai Resort. The event was held at the pristine courses of Ke’olu and Hualalai Golf Courses.
Team Nanea Golf Club (Kris Kitt, PGA and Juan Rodriguez, PGA) defeated Team Hilo Municipal (Kevin Hayashi, PGA and Rodney Acia, PGA) in a playoff hole after tying the two-day total at 134 (4-under par) at Hualalai Golf Course.
Team Mauna Kea/Hapuna (Jay Taise, PGA and Josh Silliman) finished one stroke back for 3rd place. On behalf of the Aloha Section PGA, I would like to express a big “Mahalo Nui Loa” to Jay Hinazumi of E-Z-GO/Golf Concepts and our host Professional, Brendan Moynahan, PGA at Hualalai Resort. Visit the Aloha Section PGA's website for more click here.

2018 Sony Open Qualifier for 2017 Gov Cup Amateur Team- Waialae Country Club, November 20.

11.20.2017-- With shifting gusty winds today, HSGA held their special Sony Open in Hawaii Qualifier for Governor’s Cup Amateurs at Waialae Country Club. These are the top 12 eligible local amateur golfers that earned points to earn their way onto the team over the last 12 months of tournaments. With a few newly designed putting greens on the course, due to a renovation by Waialae Country Club early in 2017, the players faced quite a different layout than years past.  Due to the challenging conditions, no one broke par today, but the 2015, 16 & 2017 HSGA Player of the year Tyler Ota fired a 36-36= 72 to finish at even par, beating 2011 Sony Open qualifier David Saka by one stroke to qualify. Pictured above Tyler Ota right and caddie Brian Pang left. Visit HSGA's website to view hole by hole scores and more click here.

2017 Maui Amateur- Wailea Golf Club, October 28 & 29.

10.29.2017-- With beautiful Hawaii weather, HSGA finished their inaugural HSGA Maui Amateur at Wailea Golf Club on the island of Maui. 

In the Championship Flight division, Isaac Jaffurs and Tyler Ota were tied and 142, 2-under par, after 36 holes and went into sudden death.  Jaffurs birdied the first playoff hole, hole #18, to take the title.

The Senior Division this year was the biggest with 42 players and we had a Gross Flight and Net Flight with players only allowed to win in one flight.  For Sr Gross, we had quite a fierce challenge with 16 players scoring in the 70’s after the first day and Keith Anderson won the Sr Gross flight with scores of 69, 71= 140, 4-under par for the tournament.

In the Sr Net flight, Kurt Otake fired two consistent rounds of net 68-68= 136 and won by scorecard playoff over Clive Kegel.

In the Net Flight, Glenna Sharratt fired a wonderful net 65 today to come from 3 strokes behind to win by 4 strokes of the nearest competitor. 

A huge MAHALO goes out to Wailea Golf Club for their support of this tournament and the HSGA staff and volunteers for all their hard work! Click here to visit HSGA's website.


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