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Nike Golf Four-Ball Match Play Championship

Oahu Country Club- October 17 - 19, 2011

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Pictured above left to right - 2011 Champions Kevin Shimomura and Ryan Michimoto


10.19.2011 Honolulu, HI- Ryan Michimoto of Kapalua and Kevin Shimomura of Ko Olina Golf Club crept into the event as a 15 seed and upset after upset they are the last men standing after 90 holes of golf in three days winning in the finals 2&1 over Kevin Hayashi and Lance Taketa. It wasn’t easy as they took on Kevin Hayashi and Lance Taketa of Hilo Municipal Golf Course who have a reputation that speaks for itself.
"We got some breaks when we needed and we ham and egged it really well," says Michimoto and Shimomura. "For us it was the birdie on 14 that was a momentum changer. We played steady on the front 9 and told ourselves we just had nine more holes to play," says Michimoto. "Our best match of the tournament was the morning match today where I think I shot 8 under on my own ball." Michimoto and Shimomura will split the $3,000 top prize.
Special thanks to Jay Hinazumi of Nike Golf for sponsoring the event and to Andrew Feldmann, PGA for hosting the event at Oahu Country Club.

Semi Final Results

Honolulu, HI- Team Ryan Michimoto and Kevin Shimomura and Team Kevin Hayashi and Lance Taketa move on to the finals at the 2011 Nike Four-Ball Match Play at Oahu Country Club. Ryan Michimoto of Kapalua was present as a partner but was not needed much as Kevin Shimomura of Ko Olina Golf Club shot 63 on his own ball. Over the last three days conditions have been perfect at Oahu Country Club to go along with perfect course conditions made the perfect storm for birdies to fly left, right, up, down. Shane Abe and Dave Eichelberger gave all they had in the match and showed signs of life when Eichelberger eagled the 15th to get the match within one. With both teams paring on the par 3 16th, Shimomura closed out Abe/Eichelberger on the pursuing 17th with a birdie to win 2 & 1.

Kevin Hayashi and Lance Taketa of Hilo Municipal Golf Course were 3up thru 7 against the home course favorites of Andrew Feldmann and Larry Stubblefield. Hayashi/Taketa held on to a 3up lead going into the 12th but then Feldmann/Stubblefield caught fire making 4 straight birdies bringing the match all square through 15. Taketa would go on to birdie the drivable 17th to go 1up.  Pars from both sides on 18 sent Feldmann/Stubblefield home with a 1 down loss. Two straight years these teams have met in the semifinals using all 18 holes both ending in 1up wins. That series between them is now tied a one a piece.

Quarter Final Results

Hayashi/Taketa 2&1 over Asao/Suzuki
“In the morning we were grinding…at the most we were up then was one up over Murphy and Freestone. In the afternoon we started making more birdies.” says Hayashi. Hayashi/Taketa are looking forward to playing Feldmann and Stubblefield, a rematch of last years Semifinals where they lost 1 Down.

Michimoto/Shimomura 3&2 over Acosta/Kinder

Kevin Shimomura and Ryan Michimoto advance to the semifinals as they beat Lon Kinder and Ryan Acosta. Shimomura/Michimoto never trailed the match and got off to an early 2up lead through 4.

Feldmann/ Stubblefield 2&1 over Bascuk/Lindsay

Feldmann/Stubblefield were 1UP entering the 14th where Stubblefield would go on to birdie and follow with another one on 15 taking them to a comfortable 3 up lead. Bascuk would follow with a birdie on 16 but were closed out with pars from both teams on 17 finishing them at 2&1.

Abe/Eichelberger 2&1 over Jamila/Mullen

Abe/Eichelberger were 3UP through 6 and never looked back. Abe and Eichelberger continued to make birdies on top of Jamila/Mullen whenever they tried striking to get back into the match. Although with a different partner this year, Abe won the 2010 Nike Golf Four-Ball Match Play.

Pro Am Qualifying Results

#1 Andrew Feldmann/Larry Stubblefiled 61
#2 Ayaka Kaneko/John Lynch 63
#3 Dave Eichelberger/Shane Abe 63
#4 Lance Suzuki/ Ganin Asao 65
#5 Steve Murphy/ Tom Freestone 65
#6 Jerry Mullen/Damien Jamila 65
#7 Beau Yokomoto/Regan Lee 65
#8 Jeff Ferry/Kyle Trenholm 65
#9 John Bascuk/Leland Lindsay 66
#10 Lon Kinder/Ryan Acosta 66
#11 Hunter Larson/Stacy Amann 66
#12 Kevin Hayashi/Lance Taketa 66
#13 Matt Pakkala/Damon Wilson 67
# 14 Casey Nakama/Mark Chun 67
#15 Ryan Michimoto/Kevin Shimomura 67
#16 Darren Sayre/Jack Whitworth 68


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