Follows Opening Round 7-Under with 3-Under to Maintain Top Position on
Leader Board Thru 36 Holes!
Mid-Pacific Country Club, April 16 - 19. Defending Champion Nick Mason.
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
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.
Billy the Goat
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