What a remarkable week it was at Mauna Lani Resort as the club along with the Aloha Section PGA, it’s staff and many great volunteers hosted the 2017 Hawaii State Open.
Those who attended and followed along saw remarkable week of golf. It all was capped off by a Sunday finish for the ages as Tadd Fujikawa (70+67+67=204) captured his second Hawaii State Open title at Mauna Lani Resort shooting 12-under par for the tournament.
You may recall Fujikawa’s remarkable story. Playing as an amateur at age 15, he qualified for the 2006 U.S. Open, the youngest golfer ever to do so. In 2007, he made the cut in a PGA Tour event at the Sony Open in Hawaii. He was 16 years, 4 days when he made the cut and he was, at that time, the second youngest player to ever achieve that feat.
Fujikawa was one shot off the lead as he teed it up with Nick Mason and Robby Ormand in Round 3 at Mauna Lani. Fujikawa birdied the par 3, hole 17 to defeat Mason by one stroke, earning him a $10,000 payout. Kyle Suppa finished (69+67+77=213) as the low amateur and won the Championship flight.
It was also a great finish in the Senior Open between Scott Simpson, PGA and David Ishii, PGA. Three-time Men’s Open Champion and now three-time Senior Open Champion, Ishii claimed the first place prize of $4,000 shooting a three-day total 207. Simpson fell five strokes short of Ishii at 212. In the Senior Amateur flight, Nelson Domingo captured the low amateur title earning a $750 gift certificate from the golf shop at Mauna Lani for shooting 218.
Finally in the Women’s Open, professional Britney Yada fired a final round score of 71. Yada’s three-day six-under total (210) earned her a paycheck of $1,000. Reese Guzman finished as the low female amateur at 222. Playing in her very first Hawaii State Open, Guzman earned a $400 gift certificate from Mauna Lani. Pat McGinness held on to his three-day lead of A-Flight posting a 231 to finish two shots ahead of JB Bryant.
It was a great weekend for Golf in Hawii!