KOHALA COAST, HAWAII – DECEMBER 18, 2016 – In the last 12-hours both the North and South course at Mauna Lani received nearly two inches of rainfall creating unfavorable playing conditions for Round #3. At 9:45 AM, the tournament committee gathered all the players in Sunday’s round for a final update on the course conditions.
PGA of America – Aloha Section Executive Director, Wesley Wailehua, addressed the players with a heavy heart to announce the cancellation of the final round. The unfortunate weather conditions within the last 12-hours created course conditions that were both unpayable and unsafe for the field. With more severe weather forecasted for the afternoon, the decision was made to shorten the tournament to a 36-hole event.
Below is the final list of champions for the 2016 MAUNA LANI RESORT HAWAII STATE OPEN
|CHAMPIONSHIP||ANDREW CHIN||73-72=144||$750.00 (GC)|
|SENIOR-PRO||TOM SOVAY, PGA||69-68=137||$4,000.00|
|SENIOR-AM||JONATHAN OTA||73-75=148||$750.00 (GC)|
|A-FLIGHT||DAVID BUDWAY||79-80=159||$500.00 (GC)|
|WOMEN’S OPEN||NICOLE SAKAMOTO||71-71=142||$1,000.00|
All of the champions were recognized during an awards ceremony held just before noon at the clubhouse. As we wrap up another year we look forward to returning to MAUNA LANI in 2017 to host another Hawaii State Open on the emerald fairways of the Francis H. I’i Brown championship North and South course.
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Visionary Video – Kona, Hawaii will be provided tournament footage and interviews during the event on behalf of the committee.
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.