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December 14, 2013



December 14, 2013 KOHALA COAST, Hawaii: As the first round came to an end on the South Course, the second round at the Hawaii State Open was in full swing on the esteemed North Course at Mauna Lani Resort.

First round leader David Fink (a) posted a two under 70 today (-6), just a stroke behind professional Jake Grodzinsky, who shot the low round of the day with a blistering six under 66 (-7). Professional Nick Mason (-6) is tied with Fink for third, while defending champion Dean Wilson is just two strokes back with a 69 (-5). Tadd Fujikawa is back in contention with a second round 67, after shooting a first round 80.

In the Senior Professional Division, Jeff Coston posted a three under 69 for a two-day total of 136 (-8), while first round leader Jay Taise posted another great round of 70 (-7), just a shot back of the lead.  Former U.S. Open Champion, Scott Simpson, is four shots back with another round of two under 70 (-4). Tied with Simpson is defending senior champion Kevin Hayashi and Lance Taketa, with former Hawaiian Open champion, David Ishii just two shots back at two under par.

In the Senior Amateur Division, first-round leader Richard Gillette posted a 75 today (+1) to lead by four strokes over Paul Kimura (+5).

On the South Course, professional Mari Chun continued her steady play with a one under 71 for a two-day total of 145 (+1), five shots ahead of amateur Brittany Fan (+6) and six shots ahead of amateur Aneka Seumanutafa (+7) to lead the Women’s Division. Also on the South Course, Joe Yabuki leads A-Flight with a second round even par 72 (+9), six shots ahead of first-round leader Wedemeyer Au and Felix Asia.

Final round play starts at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow on the North Course with the Senior Division and Men’s Open to follow.  Both the Women’s Division and A-Flight tee off at 7:30 a.m. on the South Course.

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

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