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December 13, 2013



KOHALA COAST, Hawaii: (December 13, 2013)
As the sun stretched its rays above the crest of Mauna Kea, the player took to the first tee of the South course for the 2013 Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii State Open.

David Fink (a) leads the Men’s Open division with an impressive 4-under (31-37=68), just one stroke ahead of Shawn Lu (a). Defending Champion Dean Wilson is two stroke behind Fink at (70) and tied with fellow professionals Max Bonk and Nick Mason.

In the Senior Division, Jay Taise is tied with Jeff Coston at (67) while defending Senior Champion Kevin Hayashi posted a (69) to finish two swings back of Taise and Coston. Past Champions Scott Simpson and David Ishii are in a four way tie for 4th place at (70).

In the Senior Amateur Division Richard Gillette posted a (70) today to lead by three strokes.

On the North Course, professional Mari Chun posted a two over (74) to lead the Women’s Division by one shot over amateur Aneka Seumanutafa. The A-Flight also played the North Course today with Wedemeyer Au finishing with a two shot lead (79) over Joe Yabuki.

Unfortunately not all of the players in the Men’s Open division completed Round #1 today. At 5:45pm this evening the Tournament committee suspended play for safety reasons leaving three groups in the Men’s Open division unable to complete Round #1.

The committee has asked each player to report to the cart staging area and be ready to play by 6:30am tomorrow morning. The players that have completed Round #1 were re-paired within their division by gross score with the Men’s Open teeing off first on the North Course at 6:40am and the Women’s Open teeing off at 7:30am on the South course.

Wesley Wailehua
Executive Director/C.E.O.
Aloha Section PGA
808-593-2230 ext. 1

 Major tournament sponsors; Title Sponsor: Mauna Lani Resort (Operation), Inc.  

Platinum Sponsor: Big Island Candies and Official Vehicle Sponsor: BMW of Honolulu

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 Mauna Lani Bay:  Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, host hotel of the Hawaii State open,  sits oceanfront on the Kohala Coast, Island of Hawaii.   Located 23 miles north of the Kona International Airport the hotel is located on the Mauna Lani Resort which features the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Mauna Lani Spa and Mauna Lani’s Francis H. I‘i Brown Golf Courses.

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.

PGA Contact: Wesley Wailehua  Phone: 808-593-2230