CAPTURES 59TH MID-PACIFIC OPEN
59th Mid-Pacific Open- Mid-Pacific Country Club,
April 20 - 23.
After a weekend of less than ideal weather, the clouds finally cleared for
a day of fierce competition in the final round of the 2017 MID-PACIFIC
OPEN. Clear skies and light winds proved to be the perfect stage for some
exciting golf, as past UH teammates TJ Kua and Jared Sawada battled it out
to the end, resulting in the need for a playoff. After sticking the pin on
the first playoff hole, Sawada would sink his putt on 18 to capture the
2017 MID-PACIFIC OPEN title. With a tournament total of (66-68-72-70=276),
Sawada’s efforts this week helped him come from behind to win the title
and earn a cash prize of $14,000.
Championship Flight, Tyler Ota edged out Zackary Kaneshiro to take the
title, posting a 1-over (73) and a tournament total of (286).
Santiago finished at (324) to win the title as A-Flight Champion. Santiago
proved victorious in a competitive field, with only four strokes
separating 1st and 4th place. In B-Flight, David Lee
posted a 10-over (82) to win the division. In our Senior Professional
Division competition, David Ishii, PGA held on to four day lead after
carding a 2-over (74) in the final round. Doug Banks won the Senior
Amateur Division, finishing at (303).
behalf of the ALOHA SECTION PGA and the MID-PACIFIC OPEN Tournament
Committee, we would like to thank the players for their continued support
and patience throughout the past week. The weather proved to be quite a
challenge, but we hope the experience was a positive one for all.
ASPGA would also like to extend a warm mahalo to the members of
Mid-Pacific Country Club for sharing their golf course with all over the
last five days. The tournament looks forward to having all join them again
in April 2018 for the 60th MID-PACIFIC OPEN. For more on the
MPO visit the Aloha Section PGA
Four Mid Pac Open
early to watch the first few groups on 12 and later 15. It must be a
little bit unnerving knowing that you will be putting on freshly rolled
greens. The pin on 12 was front right guarded by the bunker and leaving a
fast downhill putt for anyone going long or long and left. One player had
to chip from the back of the green and he ended up in the bunker. Quite a
number of players went past the hole just enough to run you off the green.
brings me to 15 where the pin was back left. One group I watched had one
player short sided and he chipped short only to watch the ball roll back
to where he started. The one guy who did make the green struck it a bit
too hard and he ended up chipping back on the green close enough to one
putt for a 5.
general the pins were Sunday like at the open. The wind picked up just a
bit over the day. Fast forward to the end of the day and I am now
following the last group on 15. There are some things that these pros can
do that I seldom see with our golfing groups. TJ was just off the green in
two on the par 5 16th hole. I was standing next to Russ and when TJ hit we
both thought he just flew the green. Not so, it reminds of the one time I
got to play with Michele Wie back when she was 14. Similar shot and the
same result, a low chip with back spin that checks up in one putt range.
finish and unusual with the changing weather. Looking forward to next
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