Blustery conditions with winds up to 50 miles per hour tamed the 165-person field at the Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii State Open. Red numbers were scarce in the second round with an array of shots failing to find the bottom of the cup.
2012 champion Dean Wilson shot back to back 70's for a 4-under par total 140 to lead the field, two shots ahead of first round leader Jake Grodzinsky (67-75), 2-under par 142. Christopher Tedesco, Kenneth McCready, Robby Ormand, and John Oda are in a tie for third with a 1-under par, 36-hole total 143. 13-year-old Titan Oshura, the youngest player in the field, fired another 79 to finish at 158 to make the 36-hole cut.
In the Senior Open division, amateur Mike Kawate (72-71) and former champion Casey Nakama (71-72) lead the field at 1-under par, 143 for 36 holes. First round leader Kevin Hayashi fell back with a second round 79, for a 4-over par total 148, tie for third with PGA professional Scott Simpson (70-78). 2015 Champions Tour National Qualifier Jeff Coston is in solo fifth (72-77) with a 149 total. A-Flight division leader, David Long leads the pack with a 81-82 (163). First round leader Brad Ching fell to second with a 79-85 (164).
In the Women's Open division, amateur Allisen Corpuz scraped together a 6-over par 78, for a 149 total, ten strokes ahead of Mikado Nagatori with a 75-84 (159).
Senior Professional 160
Senior Amateur 168
Women's Flight 187
- Wesley Wailehua
Executive Director / C.E.O. - Aloha Section PGA & Foundation
Pristine course conditions combined with light Kona breezes staged a perfect golf setting for the 165-person field at the Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii State Open. The tournament features golf professionals and amateurs from Hawaii to the mainland, and Asia with a total purse of $60,000. With a near repeat performance from last year, Jake Grodzinsky of Makawao, Maui fired a first round 67 at Mauna Lani's scenic south course to lead the tournament, one shot ahead of amateur John Oda, Moanalua High School graduate and current freshman at UNLV. Justin Ngan and Robby Ormand are two shots back for a tie for third (69).
Other notable players, PGA professional Dean Wilson at 2-under par 70, defending champion Nick Mason at 5-over par 77, and PGA professional Parker McLachlin at 4-over par 76. In the Senior Open division, Nanea Golf Club's Kevin Hayashi fired a 3-under par 69 with former U.S. Open Champion, Scott Simpson one shot back at 70.
Leading the A-Flight division, Brad Ching posted a 7-over par 79. In the Women's Open division, Punahou School junior, Allisen Corpuz fired a 1-under 71 with defending champion, Mari Chun four shots back at 75.
- Wesley Wailehua
Executive Director / C.E.O. - Aloha Section PGA & Foundation
Celebrate the season wiith your ohana at holiday buffets with all your favorites!
Welcome the New Year under the stars oceanside at Mauna Lani. Enjoy a bountiful buffet then dance the night away to the tunes of Full Circle. At midnight toast the New Year with champagne and fireworks! Call 808-881-7911 foe reservations.
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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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Enjoy a casual dining experience at the Ocean Bar & Grill. Tropical libations are served at the Ocean Bar while the chefs are busy at the grill preparing isalnd favorites. Kohala coast sunsets and starlit skies add to the oceanside setting. No reservations required.
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Relax in the new Oceanside Hot Tub and enjoy amazing Kohala Coast sunsets. This spacious hot tub and deck area offers more tranquil space for guests who prefer a pool experience.
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.
Rodney Ito has been named general manager of Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on Hawaii's Big Island. Ito will oversee operations for the award-winning 341 room ocean front resort.
As a seasoned hotelier and veteran executive in the hospitality industry, Rodney brings decades of senior management leadership experience to Mauna Lani. His most recent position was Director of Operations at JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa.
Previously Rodney was General Manager and Director of Operations for Marriott International's Waikoloa Beach and Waikiki Beach properties, as well as Area Director of Operations, North Asia, Hawaii & South Pacific. This extensive leadership experience will benefit Mauna Lani in all phases of the operation.
"Mauna Lani is proud to have Rodney lead our hotel team," said Takashi Yamakawa, president of Mauna Lani Resort. "Rodney values the preservation of Mauna Lani's cultural and environmental traditions. His leadership skills and strong drive to continually improve all aspects of our operation will be a tremendous asset. We look forward to working with Rodney and to the continued success of Mauna Lani."
Experience a weekend of exquisite cuisine by Celebrity Chefs; Jonathan Waxman, Nancy Silverton, Michael Voltaggio, Ippy Aiona, mixologist Manny Hinojosa and Mauna Lani's own Clayton Arakawa and Allen Hess. Purchase tickets on line or call 808-881-7911. Special Celebrity Chef room accommodations from $309. Event is a sell-out so book early. http://www.celebritycheftour.com/events/Mauna-Lani-Bay-2014.html
The Hawaii State Open, presented by Aloha Section PGA, is traditionally the last tournament of the year. First played in 1920, it was established as the ultimate golf championship for professionals and amateurs with the purpose of determining the best golfer in the islands.
Director of Golf at Mauna Lani Resort, Tom Sursely, said that "we are excited to be the home of the Hawaii State Open through 2014. It's a fitting partnership given our rich history in the sport and being the home of the Senior Skins for more than 10 years."
Mauna Lani Resort courses are named in honor of Francis H. I'i. Brown. Known as "Mr. Golf", for his amateur accomplishments in Hawaii, California and Japan, Brown acquired in the land in the 1930's. Mauna Lani Resort acquired the land in 1972 and the original Course opened in 1981. Later called the property his private retreat which he would share with many famous guests during their visits to Hawaii.
The Francis H I' i. Brown North and South Courses are stunning design masterpieces built around numerous archeological sites including trails, fishponds and ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs.
The Aloha Section PGA anticipates a full field of professionals from across the state,U.S.mainland and other countries that will be in attendance for the event. The flights will be a Men's Open Flight (Professionals & Amateurs) Men's A Flight, Women's Open (Professionals & Amateurs) and Men's Senior (Professionals & Amateurs).
To register and to sign up for the pre-event PRO-AM on December 12, 2013 contact the Aloha Section office at 808-593-2230.
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows will be offering special room rates for Hawaii State Open participants from December 9 to 16, 2013. For reservations or more information call 800-367-2323 or visit http://www.maunalani.com/.