2016 Aloha Section Championship and Professional Championship Qualifier
KEVIN HAYASHI CAPTURES ALOHA SECTION PGA PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND EARNS BERTH IN 50th PGA PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Wailea, Maui | Hawaii – Kevin Hayashi (Hilo, Hawaii) posted a two-day total (66-72=138) to win the Aloha Section PGA Professional Championship and PGA Professional Championship qualifier at Wailea Gold Course. As the champion, Hayashi earns a spot in the 2017 SONY OPEN IN HAWAII at Waialae Country Club, January 12-15 in Honolulu. He will also represent the Aloha Section at the 50th PGA Professional Championship, June 25-28, 2017, at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon.
Hayashi’s winning total of (138) finishing at 6-under par was a two-stroke finish ahead of Kevin Carll (Waialae Country Club) and Eddie Lee (Wailea Golf Academy), who both finished at (140). Carll will earn the second Section spot to join Hayashi at the 50th PGA Professional Championship at Sunriver Resort in 2017. Lee was not eligible to advance to the National event, but will share the second place winnings with Carll.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Twenty seven (27) PGA members of the Aloha Section teed it up today at Wailea Gold course in the 2016 Aloha Section Stroke Play Championship and Professional Championship Qualifier
Leading the field at 6-under par is Kevin Hayashi (Hilo Municipal Golf Course) with an impressive (32-38=66) finish. One stroke back of Hayashi in a four way tie is Eric Dugas (Makena Golf & Beach Club), Eddie Lee (Wailea Golf Academy), Garret Okamura (The Dunes at Maui Lani), and Kevin Carll (Waialae Country Club).
The champion of this combined event will earn a spot in the 2017 SONY OPEN in HAWAII, which will be played at Waialae Country Club, January 12-15, 2017 and represent the Aloha Section at 50th PGA Professional National Championship, June 18-21, 2017, at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon. The second place finisher will also be in attendance at the 50th PGA Professional National Championship.
The PGA Professional Championship will mark its fourth visit to Sunriver Resort and first since 2013. The Championship brings together a field of 312 contestants representing the PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections.
In 2017, the Championship field will compete at Sunriver Resort, home to two of the country’s premier public/resort courses. The Championship will be contested on the Crosswater Club and Meadows Golf Course.
Sunriver’s 605-acre resort is positioned between the Big Deschutes and Little Deschutes Rivers. Inspired by the Scottish highlands, Crosswater Club opened for play in 1995 as a heathland-style course offers a perfect blend of strategy and aesthetics. The course features a wide range of fairway lengths and the constant interplay of wetlands, ponds, and rivers.
Designed by Bob Cupp, the par-72 Crosswater Golf Club played to 7,530 yards in the 2013 Championship, which made it the second longest layout in event history. The Meadows Golf Course, a collaborative effort between Fred Federspiel and John Fought, also is a par-71 layout that was played at 6,969 yards in the Championship. The Meadows winds its way along the great meadow and through groves of Ponderosa Pines.
The PGA Professional Championship, carrying a $550,000 total purse this year, is broadcast (all four rounds) by Golf Channel. Following 36 holes of play, the field will be trimmed to the low 90 scorers and ties, and following 54 holes of play, the field will be trimmed to the low 70 scorers and ties.
The low 20 scorers in 2017 will earn berths into the 99th PGA Championship, Aug. 10-13, 2017, at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In addition to the Walter Hagen Cup, the PGA Professional Championship winner also receives an exemption into the next 10 PGA Professional Championships and exemptions into six PGA TOUR events over a 12-month period.
For more information about this event please visit PGA.org