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SAWADA CAPTURES 59TH MID-PACIFIC OPEN !

59th Mid-Pacific Open- Mid-Pacific Country Club, April 20 - 23.

4.23.2017-- 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.

In Championship Flight, Tyler Ota edged out Zackary Kaneshiro to take the title, posting a 1-over (73) and a tournament total of (286).

Rusty 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).

On 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.

The 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 website www.aspga.com.

Day Four Mid Pac Open

Out 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.

This 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.

In 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.

Exciting finish and unusual with the changing weather. Looking forward to next year.

Respectfully Submitted

Billy the Goat

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2017 OIA Varsity Golf Championship Scores now posted click here to see.

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2017 ARMY Women's Invitational- Leilehua Golf Course, March 28 & 29. Defending champion Jeannie Pak.

2.15.2017-- Downloadable entry and more info now posted click here.

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2017 HSGA Four Ball Stroke Play Championship- Ted Makalena Golf Course, March 19, 25 & 26.

2.27.2017-- Today HSGA completed the final round of their 2017 HSGA Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship at Ted Makalena Golf Course.  Mild winds had minimal effect on the golfers as four flights of golfers battled each other to earn the top spots.

The Four-Ball Stroke play format is a golfer friendly format with two golfers on each team and they take the better score of the players (as they play their own ball) as their team score.

In the Championship flight, we had a playoff for four teams tied at 15-under par.  The teams of Mark Takahama/Shannon Tanoue, Kolbe Irei/Davis Lee, Mike Kawate/Scott Ichimura and Tyler Ota/David Saka played two playoff holes and the team of Ota/Saka (pictured above) won with a birdie on hole #2.

The following winners of the other flights:

  • A-Flight: Rocky Reed/Jon Tubal, 6-under par

  • B-Flight: Markus Miyashiro/David Miyashiro, 1-under par (scorecard playoff)

  • Women’s Flight(new): Claire Choi/Alanis Sakuma

Mahalo to all 244 players that participated and the City and County of Honolulu for hosting us at a course that is available to everyone.  Over $6,200.00 was given out as golf certificates to support golf shops and golf club repair shops locally. Visit HSGA's web site for more click here.

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