Manoa Cup – Hawaii State Amateur Match Play Championship- Oahu
Country Club, June 12 – 17, 2017.
Defending Champion Brent
With the best weather of the week, HSGA completed the
Women’s division Final 18 hole match between Mari Nishiura and
Aiko Leong, a repeat of last year’s championship match.
The Quarter final & Semi Final rounds of match play for the
Open division also was completed today. The Women’s
final match was a fierce match as neither player led the match
more than 1up at any time. It was all square as they made
the turn to the back 9. Mari birdied the par 3 11th,
but Aiko came right back and birdied the 12th to even
the match. Aiko then won the 13th hole to take
a 1up lead. Mari then won the 16th with a
birdie and won the 17th as Aiko made a bogey after
hitting her 2nd shot over the green. This took
Mari to a 1up lead and dormie on the match. They tied the
18th hole and therefore Mari won the match, 1up.
Congratulations Mari on repeating as our champion! In the
Open division our 2 past champions loss their matches in the
Quarterfinal round, Matthew Ma(2012) & Tyler Ota(2015), and
Andy Okita & Evan Kawai won their matches as well as they
got down to the 18th and 17th hole,
respectively. At that point we knew we were going to have
a new champion to crown. In the Semifinals, Andy Okita
edged out the #1 seed Zackary Kaneshiro on the 18th
hole, while Evan Kawai closed out Maui’s Tyler Munetake on the
17th hole 3&1. This puts #5 seed Andy Okita
into the 36 hole final match against #10 seed Evan Kawai.
The match starts at 7am with a break after the first 18 holes
and will continue the match at 11:15am. The awards
ceremony is estimated to start about 2:30pm, pending the length
of the match. We will also be honoring 1977 Champion David
Ishii, PGA as this marks his 40th year since his
Manoa Cup win. The media is welcome to attend the awards
ceremony and traditional throwing of the champion into the pool.
All past champions have also been invited to attend. Visit HSGA's website at www.hawaiistategolf.org
for more info.
The final match is set for the Women’s division of the
109th Manoa Cup. It will be a repeat of last
year’s final match with defending champion Mari Nishiura
against the 11th seed Aiko Leong. Both had very
tough matches today going down to the 17th and 18th
holes, respectively, but they finished strong in their matches
winning their last 2 holes to close their matches out.
They will tee off at 7am tomorrow morning, Friday.
the Open division, we are down to the quarterfinals tomorrow
morning and semifinals in the afternoon. #1 seed Zackary
Kaneshiro has been playing extremely well not reaching the 16th
hole with any of his 3 matches so far. But, 2012 Champion
Matthew Ma and 2015 Champion Tyler Ota are still very much in it
and it is sure to be an exciting day tomorrow as we look forward
to the 36 hole final match on Saturday. Again the media and
public is welcome to come and watch the matches at Oahu Country
Club, a private club in the Nuuanu valley. Visit HSGA's website at www.hawaiistategolf.org
for more info.
HSGA competed the qualifying round today for the 109th
Manoa Cup in the at Oahu Country Club in the Nuuanu Valley on
Oahu. 82 men competed in the Open division for 64 spots and 19
women for 15 spots in the Women’s division as Mari Nishimura
looks to defend her title. She will be the #1 seed in the
women’s division. Visit HSGA's website at www.hawaiistategolf.org
for details on the 40 matches tomorrow with help from the Oahu
Country Club members as they provide live scoring for each match
starting tomorrow and the rest of the week. Also don’t forget
that HSGA is recognizing Kauai’s David Ishii, PGA on Saturday
as their honoree this year, marking the 40th
anniversary of his win before his outstanding professional
career. The public and media is welcome to come and watch the
matches at Oahu Country Club, a private country club in the
heart of Oahu.
The 109th Manoa
Cup at the beautiful Oahu Country Club in the Nu’uanu Valley
on Oahu will be held June 12-17, 2017. The Manoa Cup first
started in 1907 and is the longest running tournament at a
single venue west of the Mississippi. It began when Arthur
F. Wall and James D. Dougherty donated a trophy cup to their
Club, the old Manoa Golf Club in Manoa Valley, sometime between
late 1905 and early 1907. Since then the Manoa Cup
has grown to become one of Hawaii’s most prestigious
this year’s Manoa Cup HSGA will be honoring one of Hawaii’s
greatest golf champions, Kauai’s David Ishii. This year
marks 40 years from his win in 1977 and one of his last amateur
wins before turning professional. David later became the
leading money winner on the Japan Golf Tour in 1987 and won the
1990 Hawaiian Open, an official PGA Tour event (now called the
Sony Open in Hawaii). He was also inducted into the Hawaii
Golf Hall of Fame in 2006 and has supported junior golfers with
his David S. Ishii Foundation since 1999.
year’s Open division champion Brent Grant has since turned
professional and therefore will not be defending his title.
2016 Women’s division champion Mari Nishiura will be back from
college to defend her title and will be the #1 seed.
is the 2nd year of our Women’s division which
utilizes the same match play format and requirement of walking
the course for each match. HSGA is expecting about 16-20
women to participate this year.
be sure to visit HSGA's website at www.hawaiistategolf.org
for all information regarding this tournament and to keep up to
date with your favorite matches as they start their LIVE
HOLE-BY-HOLE SCORING for each match from Wednesday through the
rest of the week with support from the Oahu Country Club members
and tournament volunteers.
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