Mason captures his second title in five hole play-off at the Mauna Lani Resort - Hawaii State Open.
DECEMBER 13, 2015 – A legendary Sunday finish on the Kohala Coast at Mauna Lani Resort as Nick Mason captures his second Hawaii State Open title at Mauna Lani Resort.
As round three got under way this morning Nick Mason was one shot off the lead as he teed it up with Parker McLachlin and Jake Grodzinsky. McLachlin would make bogey on the final hole falling back a stroke to tie Mason at 203 forcing a five hole sudden death play-off. Mason would sunk his final putt for birdie to end the play off earning a $10,000 payout. Kyle Suppa shot 68 today to finish at 208 as the low amateur and win the Championship flight.
It was a legendary finish in the Senior Open between Jeff Coston, Dave Eichelberger, Scott Simpson and David Ishii. With over 250 years of golfing experience between the four of them, Coston would claim the first place prize of $5,000 for the second time at Mauna Lani shooting a three day total 209. Eichelberger fell one shot short of Coston while Ishii and Simpson tied for 3rd place at 213. In the Senior Amateur flight, Clayton Amuro captured the low Senior Amateur title earning a $750 gift certificate from the golf shop at Mauna Lani for shooting 223.
After posting the women’s course record of 65 during round two professional Britney Yada fired a final round score of 73 today. Yada’s three day seven under total 209 earned her an $800 paycheck and the Women’s Open. Kristen Peterson of Portland, Oregon finished as the low female amateur at 224. Playing in her very first Hawaii State Open, Peterson earn a $200 gift certificate from Mauna Lani. Pat McGinness held on to his three day lead of A-Flight posting a 231 to finish six shots ahead of Warren Doenz.
About Mauna Lani Resort: The famous golf courses, the Francis H. I’i Brown North & South are named in honor of the former Mauna Lani landowner and champion Hawaii golfer. The courses offer breathtaking scenery, unforgettable signature holes and cutting-edge course design built around ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs, trails and fishponds. Mauna Lani Resort is home to the annual Hawaii State Open played in December.
About the Aloha Section PGA: The Aloha Section PGA was established in 1976, and today is comprised of over 230 golf Professionals working at over 90 facilities within the Section. The mission of the Aloha Section (ASPGA) is that Purpose of the PGA of America, to promote the enjoyment and involvement in the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals and the golf industry. The ASPGA provides competitive playing opportunities, educational seminars, and growth of the game initiatives, within the state of Hawaii.
For the 4th 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. The two championship courses host four divisions Men’s Open, Senior Open, Women’s Open and A-Flight in a 54-hole stroke play tournament.
Leading the Men’s Open division is professional Jake Grodzinsky from Maui posting a six under score of 66 today to finish just two shots ahead of professional Jared Sawada and Punahou School senior Kyle Suppa, both players finished two at 68. Suppa, who made the cut in the 2015 SONY OPEN IN HAWAII Round #1 as the low amateur in the Men’s Open division just one stroke of Dalen Yamauchi who plays for the men’s golf team at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
In the Senior Open division, defending champion Casey Nakama leads the field by one stroke posting a three under 69 today on the North Course. Just one stroke back in a three way tie at 70 is past champion David Ishii, Mark Olson and Philip Chun. Jonathan Ota leads the amateurs in the Senior division at 72, just one stroke ahead of Casey Boyns and John Sostman.
Also on the North Course, professional Britney Yada leads the Women’s Open finishing one under at 71 today. Low amateur Kristen Peterson finished at five over today to post a 77 to lead the lady amateurs. While in A-Flight Pat McGinness leads his flight posting an even par 72 to finish six shots ahead of Ralph Mattis at 78.
Round #2 will start at 6:45 a.m. tomorrow. For more up to date information on this event visit www.aspga.com or follow us on social media via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. @alohasectionpga
Every month when the full moon rises, Mauna Lani gets ready for an evening of storytelling and entertainment at the oceanfront Eva Parker Woods Cottage. "Twilight at Kalahuipua‘a" was designed to perpetuate the traditional folk art of storytelling. Everyone is invited to share stories, family histories, songs, and dance. It gives hotel guests a chance to experience the true aloha spirit, and residents the opportunity to meet and share stories with people from around the world. Join us from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. READ MORE for upcoming dates
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Mauna Lani has become hometo to a pair of Nene geese that have been spotted on the North Course. The Nene Goose is Hawaii's State Bird and is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. It's one of the world's rarest geese and they are protected by the Federal Endangered Species Act. Please enjoy their beauty from a distance. It's a wonderful experience to see these graceful Nene as they explore the tranquil ambiance of Mauna Lani Resort.