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WEATHER WASHES OUT FINAL ROUND – TJ KUA CHAMPION AFTER 36-HOLES 2016 MAUNA LANI RESORT HAWAII STATE OPEN!

2016 Hawaii State Open- Mauna Lani Resort, December 16 & 18.

12.18.2016-- KOHALA COAST, HAWAII – DECEMBER 18, 2016 – In the last 12-hours both the North and South course at Mauna Lani received nearly two inches of rainfall creating unfavorable playing conditions for Round #3. At 9:45 AM, the tournament committee gathered all the players in Sunday’s round for a final update on the course conditions.

PGA of America – Aloha Section Executive Director, Wesley Wailehua, addressed the players with a heavy heart to announce the cancellation of the final round. The unfortunate weather conditions within the last 12-hours created course conditions that were both unpayable and unsafe for the field. With more severe weather forecasted for the afternoon, the decision was made to shorten the tournament to a 36-hole event.

All of the champions were recognized during an awards ceremony held just before noon at the clubhouse. As we wrap up another year we look forward to returning to MAUNA LANI in 2017 to host another Hawaii State Open on the emerald fairways of the Francis H. I’i Brown championship North and South course. TJ Kua carded rounds of 69 and 68 for a 36-hole total of 7-under par 137 to win the crown and professional David Fink was the runner up at 6-under par 138. Visit the Aloha Section PGA's web site for more click here.

12.17.2016-- KOHALA COAST, HAWAII – DECEMBER 17, 2016 – Kauai native TJ Kua fired a 4-under (68) during round two of the Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii State Open. Kua teed it up this morning with past champions Dean Wilson who shot (67) yesterday and SJ Maeng. Kua had a bogey free round with four birdies today on the Francis H I’i Brown North Course at Mauna Lani. One group ahead, David Fink was making a move as well with an eagle on the 10th hole and all pars on the back side to also finish at 4-under (68). Heading into the final round tomorrow Fink remains one swing back of Kua with Tadd Fujikawa, Samuel Cyr, Nick Mason and Cory Oride hot on their trail.

In the Senior Open Division, Professional Tom Sovay leads the Senior Open with a 2-day total of (69-68=137). Sovay has a strong six stroke lead over Professional Bill Breen at (69-74=143). Jonathan Ota of Kauai is the low amateur in the Senior Open. Jonathan finished round two at (73-75=148) just two strokes ahead of Richard Gillett at (73-77=150).

Nicole Sakamoto has taken the lead in the Women’s Open by posting another (71) today for a 2-day total (142). She holds a three stroke lead over defending champions Britney Yada who shot (72) today to finish at (145). Brittany Fan is the low amateur in the Women’s Open just three shots back of Yada at (148). In the Men’s A-Flight competition David Budway is in the lead at (159) just two shots ahead of defending champion Patrick McGinness who is at (161).

Round #3 will start at 6:50 a.m. tomorrow on the North Course with the Senior Open and Men’s Open Division.  On the South Course the A-Flight will tee off first followed by the Women’s Open at 6:50 a.m. Visit the Aloha Section PGA's web site for more click here.

12.16.2016--KOHALA COAST, HAWAII – DECEMBER 16, 2016 – For the fifth year at Mauna Lani, the Hawaii State Open returns with a sold out field of 170 top amateurs and professionals to compete in the year-end signature event for the Aloha Section PGA. Mauna Lani is home to the North and South courses named after Francis H. I’i Brown, known to many locals as “Mr. Golf” in Hawaii. The two championship courses host four divisions in a 54-hole stroke-play tournament: Men’s Open, Senior Open, Women’s Open and A-Flight.

Leading the Men’s Open division is PGA professional Dean Wilson posting a five-under score of 67 today to finish one stroke ahead of professional SJ Maeng (Honolulu, HI) and two strokes ahead of TJ Kua (Honolulu, HI). Defending champion, Nick Mason (Ewa Beach, HI), is in a six-way  tie at two-under par (70) putting him three strokes behind Wilson. Brent Grant, who won this year’s Governor’s Cup earning him a spot in the 2017 SONY OPEN IN HAWAII, leads the Championship Flight. Titan Oshura of Waikoloa, HI is tied for second with Jerry Ledzinski of California and Tyler Jones of Utah with a score of 76 (+4).

In the Senior Open Division, Bill Breen of Nashville, TX and Tom Sovay are tied for the lead, both firing a three-under par (69). Kevin Burton of Boise, ID follows by one stroke, posting a two-under par (70) today on the North Course. In the Senior Amateur Division, Lihue’s Jonathan Ota and Waikoloa’s Richard Gillette lead at 73, three strokes ahead of Dr. Carl Ho of Honolulu.

Also on the North Course, professional Nicole Sakamoto leads the Women’s Open finishing one-under par (71) just two strokes ahead of defending champion Britney Yada (73). Low-amateur Kaylee Akagi carded a 78 (+6) today to lead the lady amateurs. While in A-Flight, there is a three-way tie for the lead at 79 (+7): David Budway (Arlington, VA), Warren Doenz (Canada) and Rob Long (Lehi, UT).

Round #2 will start at 6:45 a.m. tomorrow on the North Course with the Men’s Open Division and A-Flight to follow.  Both the Senior Open Division and Women’s Open will tee off at 6:45 a.m. on the South Course. Visit the Aloha Section PGA's web site for more click here.

12.15.2016-- KOHALA COAST, HAWAII – DECEMBER 14, 2016 - 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 Foundation and will be returning to Mauna Lani Resort for the 5th year in a row.

The tournament draws a field of 165 players, male and female, 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 15th 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 16th 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, 3-time Hawaii State Open Champion Nick Mason returns to defend his title against a field of past champions and young professionals. Mason will be joined with a stellar field of professionals including Dean Wilson (’07, ’12, ‘14), Tadd Fujikawa (’10), Sam Cyr (’11) and Kevin Hayashi (’09, ’00, ’01).  We are also excited to have Iolani graduate Lorens Chan and Moanalua graduate Seung Jae Maeng making their professional debut at this year’s Hawaii State Open.

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) and Casey Nakama (’87) will both be competing for this year’s title. The Men’s Open amateur competition brings, Brent Grant, Andrew Chin, Tyler Ota and Dalen Yamauchi.

We would also like to recognize our major tournament sponsors; Mauna Lani Resort (Operations) – Title Sponsor, Big Island Candies – Tour Sponsor, National Car Rental – Pro AM Sponsor and Mauna Lani Bay Hotel – Official Tournament Hotel.

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