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Bradley Shigezawa Lights Up Mid-Pac in Round 1 with 7-Under Par 65!

57th Mid-Pacific Open- Mid-Pacific Country Club, April 16 - 19. Defending Champion Nick Mason.

4.16.2015-- Professional Bradley Shigezawa opened with a sizzling round of 7-under par 65 topping the leader board thru the 1st 18 holes of the 57th Mid-Pac Open. Shigezawa's card included 1 eagle, 7 birdies, 8 pars and 2 bogies. Rounding out the top three is amateur Remington Hirano and Professional TJ Kua who both shot 3-under par 69's respectively. Defending champion Nick Mason is T6 at 1-under par 71.

Day One 2015 Mid Pacific Open

What a difference a couple of years make.  Is Jason getting soft in his old age?  Rough so short the ball actually will sit up in it?  Green’s running at a reasonable rate and pins in fair positions, can all of this be true?  Actually there is a method to the madness and I will attempt to hallucinate what that might be.

We are blessed each year with a full field and in the past finishing for the last couple of tee times became an issue.  So what if things were a little less knee shaking on day one and two?  Would that really make a difference when it comes to who is having a better than average two days and then make the coveted cut?  Probably not.

So perhaps, and I stress that this is a goat’s conjecture; this is done to allow Mr. Diabolical to come forth over the weekend and torture only those who actually make the cut.  If that is the case, then from what I can tell it is working.

The stories that I heard about balls rolling off the greens and chips that failed to hold leading to backed up foursomes and such were all told in the past tense.  There was the tale of the pro who hit it 6 feet past on the par 5 #16 only to roll past the front right pin placement and proceed to chip up and back off the green for what has turned into a 13 stroke “fish story”.  There were comments about front left pin placements on #15 that dictated missing the green in regulation below the hole to give yourself the best chance at par.  Again, these were all about past events.

The overwhelming commentary was that the course is in great shape, playing very fairly, and no one was heard to complain about unfair conditions be it rough rough or otherwise.  I have not seen all the final scores nor have I been there to see if some finished in the dark, but I suspect this was carefully thought out to lull the unsuspecting into a false sense of comfort.

Looking forward to a great event.

Respectfully submitted,

Billy the Goat

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2015 BIIF, ILH & OIA Varsity Golf Scores- To see BIIF click here | ILH click here | OIA click here.

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2015 Pearl Invitational- Pearl Country Club, June 25 -- 27.

4.14.2015-- 54 Hole Stroke Play Competition for amateur golfers with an official GHIN handicap as of May 2015. Championship Flight (0-5), A-Flight (6-10), B-Flight (11-15), and Senior Flight. Entries limited to the first 144 contestants. 

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2015 Big Island Candies Team Championship- The Club at Hokuli’a, March 30 & 31.

3.31.2015-- Congratulations to Shane Abe (shown above right) and John Hearn (above left) for winning the 2015 Big Island Candies team championship at Hokuli’a this year. Abe and Hearn posted an impressive (67-66=133), to force a two hole play-off between Round #1 leaders Kevin Hayashi and Lance Taketa who shot (61-72=133). Hearn would sink his 15 foot putt from just off the green to close out the play-off on the second hole. Both Hearn and Abe will split the $3,000 first place prize money ($1,500 each).

On behalf of the Aloha Section PGA they would like to recognize The Club at Hokuli’a and its members for hosting this annual event for the Section. They are also grateful for the support of Big Island Candies (Allan Ikawa) for their continued sponsorship.

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Shawn Lu Seals 2015 Hawaii State Amateur!

2015 Hawaii State Amateur, Mid & Senior Amateur Stroke-Play Championship- Pearl Country Club, March 12 -- 15.

3.15.2015-- With strong trade winds throughout the day at Pearl Country Club in Aiea, we finished our 2015 Hawaii State Amateur stroke play championship.

In the Open division, defending champion Kyle Suppa made a charge today with the low round of the day 69, 3-under par, but 3rd round leader Shawn Lu was too far ahead.  Shawn posted an even par 72 today with 5 birdies and 5 pars to finish at 280, 8-under par, to win by 6 strokes. Congratulations to Shawn!

In the Mid-Amateur division, Kensuke Morinaka from Japan posted a superb round of 70, 2-under par, to leap ahead and win with a score of 293 for 72-holes of the inaugural year of this division by 2-strokes over 3rd round leader Bill Walbert.  Congratulations Morinaka-san!  This was the inaugural year of this division and we had a greater than expected turnout.  Morinaka was the 2014 53rd Hochi Amateur Champion in Japan and was one of 3 players invited to play in our championship.  This invitation of players from the Hochi prefecture in Japan to play in our tournament has been going on for over 35 years now.

The Senior division proved to have the most “action” amongst the leaders as the final pairing had each person either in the lead or tied for the lead at one point during the round. Scott Ichimura birdied the 13th hole, then Mike Kawate birdied the 14th hole while Carl Ho had a bogey and double bogey to get all three players in the final pairing tied at 4-over par.  Kawate made the turn at 4-over par, while Ichimura and Ho both turned at 5-over par.  Kawate birdied #1, while Ichimura eagled #1 and the two at that point were tied at 3-over par.  From there, Kawate made the only 2 birdies in the group for the rest of the round and won with a final round 72 for a 2-over par total of 218 over 54 holes.  Congratulations to Mike!

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