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Bradley Shigezawa Follows Opening Round 7-Under with 3-Under to Maintain Top Position on Leader Board Thru 36 Holes!

57th Mid-Pacific Open- Mid-Pacific Country Club, April 16 - 19. Defending Champion Nick Mason.

4.17.2015-- LANIKAI, HAWAII – After 36-holes Bradley Shigezawa (shown right) holds firm with a 4-stroke lead thru round 2 of the MID-PACIFIC OPEN. With thirteen pars, four birdies and only one bogey on the card, Shigezawa sits at 10-under par (65-69--134) just four swings ahead of Corey Oride who posted a 68 today and occupies 2nd place at 6-under par 138 (70-68). Defending champion Nick Mason (71-68) and 2013 champion TJ Kua (69-70) round out the top three at 5-under par 139 respectively.

The leader amongst amateurs is Kyle Suppa (2014 Low Amateur) who shot an even par round to finish 2-under (140) thru 36 holes. Andrew Chin (Suppa’s Punahou Teammate) is two swings back at (144), just one stroke ahead of Brent Grant (145) rounding out the top three.

Mid-Pacific Country Club members, Chris Han and James Mansell, are both tied in A-flight at (156). Gerald Isobe is leading B-Flight at (165), just two strokes ahead of William Enomoto.

In our Senior Division competition, Kevin Hayashi, PGA leads the Senior Professional Division at (71-72=143), just one stroke ahead of James Blair, PGA. There is a three way tie between Dave Eichelberger, PGA, Lance Taketa, PGA, and past champion Larry Stubblefield, PGA all at (151).

Tomorrow’s tee times will begin at 6:50 AM off the 1st and 10th tee. Spectators are welcome to follow the players and experience the beauty of Mid-Pacific Country Club.

OFFICIAL CUT SCORES

PROFESSIONAL – 153
CHAMPIONSHIP – 160
A-FLIGHT – 171
B-FLIGHT – 180

Day Two 2015  Mid Pac Open

An unusual day on the links for many.  A 14 on #1 by a 5 handicap?  Yup.  A perennial A flight contender shoots close to 100 blowing several shots OB and misses the cut in B-flight (Oh the shame, but handled in a very gentlemanly manner).  It is interesting but not unusual to see very good players with shanked shots and wild OB strikes.  You see I know what it is.  It is the curse of the Mid Pac Open alien possession.  I have experienced this for myself.  It happened to me on the first tee at the open several years ago.

This is how it works.  You warm up, practice some putts, and then step onto the 1st tee.  Some tall older haole guy (is that politically correct Jim, but I digress) announces "now on the first tee with the something something tee time, amateur billy the goat".  Suddenly you notice that there are people watching you.  All the great swing thoughts leave the premises and they are replaced by "don't hit it OB" or "God please don't let me dribble it off the tee".  The sub conscious mind gets the message and says "OK we can do that" and wah lah the off the tee dribbler shows up.

Now mind you later in the round you don't have that dude announcing every shot, but the sensation and the alien that has taken residence in your head continues his (note that I did not use the female gender wanting to be politically correct) consistent internal dialog of "don't go into the trees, careful of the water, there is a hazard on the left" and so on.  And just like clock work the sub conscious mind delivers on the instructions.  Fascinating.

OK I will admit the course is set up to be difficult but that does not mean a 5 handicap blows several off the tee OB.

I do like that we can go on the Aloha section of the PGA for live scoring.  Pretty cool stuff in my view.

Now for some back of the pack tid bits.  Mike Kawaharada does an incredible job with the open and he has a lot of help, thank you Vince.  And, I did get to see him play today and get one of the coveted salutes which is how you know he likes you.  Word has it that he did par 6/7/8 which is amazing.  Good work Mike!!

One of my favorites from years past when he was good enough to play in the A flight (dig dig)  is Ray.  He made the cut in B this year and reminded me of my past comments on his golf swing (He could complete it in a phone booth).  Knowing that he was hurt by that I found myself in position to make up for it and kick his errant second shot on #15 back towards the green.  I told him that it hit the cart path just so he wouldn't get DQ'ed.  I am a great goat after all.  (some of that is not true, I will let you guess)

Before I forget one of the absolute best things about Friday Night at MPCC cut night is that Mr. Diabolical shows up and brings his wife.  I get a hug.  Just imagine the best hug you ever got and you will know of what I speak (I am referring to his wife and not Jason just to be clear). I did get to talk to Jason and the greens may not get any faster or pin placements too radical because the winds are supposed to get worse and we really don't want balls blowing all over the greens.

There are more stories and it is getting late and the third beer is starting to put the goat out to pasture.  Peace out to fast (no longer fat) freddie and his ever lovely bride.  Hope to be out there on the course with you next year.

Respectfully submitted,

Billy the Goat

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2015 BIIF, ILH & OIA Varsity Golf Scores- To see BIIF click here | ILH click here | OIA click here.

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2015 Pearl Invitational- Pearl Country Club, June 25 -- 27.

4.14.2015-- 54 Hole Stroke Play Competition for amateur golfers with an official GHIN handicap as of May 2015. Championship Flight (0-5), A-Flight (6-10), B-Flight (11-15), and Senior Flight. Entries limited to the first 144 contestants. 

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2015 Big Island Candies Team Championship- The Club at Hokuli’a, March 30 & 31.

3.31.2015-- Congratulations to Shane Abe (shown above right) and John Hearn (above left) for winning the 2015 Big Island Candies team championship at Hokuli’a this year. Abe and Hearn posted an impressive (67-66=133), to force a two hole play-off between Round #1 leaders Kevin Hayashi and Lance Taketa who shot (61-72=133). Hearn would sink his 15 foot putt from just off the green to close out the play-off on the second hole. Both Hearn and Abe will split the $3,000 first place prize money ($1,500 each).

On behalf of the Aloha Section PGA they would like to recognize The Club at Hokuli’a and its members for hosting this annual event for the Section. They are also grateful for the support of Big Island Candies (Allan Ikawa) for their continued sponsorship.

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Shawn Lu Seals 2015 Hawaii State Amateur!

2015 Hawaii State Amateur, Mid & Senior Amateur Stroke-Play Championship- Pearl Country Club, March 12 -- 15.

3.15.2015-- With strong trade winds throughout the day at Pearl Country Club in Aiea, we finished our 2015 Hawaii State Amateur stroke play championship.

In the Open division, defending champion Kyle Suppa made a charge today with the low round of the day 69, 3-under par, but 3rd round leader Shawn Lu was too far ahead.  Shawn posted an even par 72 today with 5 birdies and 5 pars to finish at 280, 8-under par, to win by 6 strokes. Congratulations to Shawn!

In the Mid-Amateur division, Kensuke Morinaka from Japan posted a superb round of 70, 2-under par, to leap ahead and win with a score of 293 for 72-holes of the inaugural year of this division by 2-strokes over 3rd round leader Bill Walbert.  Congratulations Morinaka-san!  This was the inaugural year of this division and we had a greater than expected turnout.  Morinaka was the 2014 53rd Hochi Amateur Champion in Japan and was one of 3 players invited to play in our championship.  This invitation of players from the Hochi prefecture in Japan to play in our tournament has been going on for over 35 years now.

The Senior division proved to have the most “action” amongst the leaders as the final pairing had each person either in the lead or tied for the lead at one point during the round. Scott Ichimura birdied the 13th hole, then Mike Kawate birdied the 14th hole while Carl Ho had a bogey and double bogey to get all three players in the final pairing tied at 4-over par.  Kawate made the turn at 4-over par, while Ichimura and Ho both turned at 5-over par.  Kawate birdied #1, while Ichimura eagled #1 and the two at that point were tied at 3-over par.  From there, Kawate made the only 2 birdies in the group for the rest of the round and won with a final round 72 for a 2-over par total of 218 over 54 holes.  Congratulations to Mike!

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