KOHALA COAST, HAWAII – DECEMBER 17, 2016 – Kauai native TJ Kua fired a 4-under (68) during round two of the Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii State Open. Kua teed it up this morning with past champions Dean Wilson who shot (67) yesterday and SJ Maeng. Kua had a bogey free round with four birdies today on the Francis H I’i Brown North Course at Mauna Lani. One group ahead, David Fink was making a move as well with an eagle on the 10th hole and all pars on the back side to also finish at 4-under (68). Heading into the final round tomorrow Fink remains one swing back of Kua with Tadd Fujikawa, Samuel Cyr, Nick Mason and Cory Oride hot on their trail.
In the Senior Open Division, Professional Tom Sovay leads the Senior Open with a 2-day total of (69-68=137). Sovay has a strong six stroke lead over Professional Bill Breen at (69-74=143). Jonathan Ota of Kauai is the low amateur in the Senior Open. Jonathan finished round two at (73-75=148) just two strokes ahead of Richard Gillett at (73-77=150).
Nicole Sakamoto has taken the lead in the Women’s Open by posting another (71) today for a 2-day total (142). She holds a three stroke lead over defending champions Britney Yada who shot (72) today to finish at (145). Brittany Fan is the low amateur in the Women’s Open just three shots back of Yada at (148). In the Men’s A-Flight competition David Budway is in the lead at (159) just two shots ahead of defending champion Patrick McGinness who is at (161).
Round #3 will start at 6:50 a.m. tomorrow on the North Course with the Senior Open and Men’s Open Division. On the South Course the A-Flight will tee off first followed by the Women’s Open at 6:50 a.m.
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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.