Bryan Edwards and Shawn Tanoue squeaked through their first two matches, then got hot in their last two to win the championship flight of the 60th Francis Hyde I‘i Brown Four-Ball last weekend at Ted Makalena Golf Course.
Edwards and Tanoue, seeded sixth, won their first-round match, 2 and 1. They needed an extra hole to capture the next round against third-seeded Paul Kimura and Renfred Frias. But last weekend they won their semifinal, 4-3, then beat Gregg Omori and Chris
Allan Kuaana and Fred Denault won the A flight and Matthew Itagaki and Ryan Yoneda the B flight.
U.S. Open qualifying begins
More than 8,300 entries for the 2011 U.S. Open Championship were accepted by the U.S. Golf Association, including 75 from golfers in Hawaii. Most of those local golfers will be playing in Hawaii’s four local qualifiers in the next week.
The USGA accepted 680 entries the final day (April 27), including one for Hilo’s Kevin Hayashi, who submitted his 15 seconds before the deadline.
Hayashi will play in Monday’s qualifier at the Waikoloa Kings’ Course. King Kamehameha will be the site of a Maui qualifier Saturday. Oahu will have one Sunday at Hoakalei, and Kauai Lagoons will have the final Hawaii qualifier Wednesday.
There are 107 other local qualifiers in the U.S. and two outside the U.S. Top qualifiers from each advance to 11 sectional qualifiers June 6. At least one player from each sectional qualifies for the U.S. Open, June 16-19 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.
Chan defends Hickam title
Two-time state high school golf champ Lorens Chan will defend his title at the Hickam Invitational, starting tomorrow at the base’s Mamala Bay Golf Course.
The championship flight also includes Rudy Cabalar Jr., Mike Kawate, Brandan Kop, Todd Rego, Seung J. Maeng and Matt Ma
Facelift for Princeville
Resurfaced greens, remodeled bunkers and a "revitalization" to make the course "more flexible for a wider range of players" are among the renovations going on at Princeville’s Prince Course, which closed Jan. 29. The course is scheduled to reopen in October.
Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects is working on the project under the direction of Robert Trent Jones Jr., who designed the course originally. It opened in 1990.
"We’ll reclaim fairways and tranquil streams that have been narrowed or hidden by encroaching rainforest; remodel the bunkers and completely resurface the greens, restoring their original grandeur, beauty, and shapes," Jones said in a press release this week.
Lunas football gets boost
Last weekend’s Friends of Lahainaluna Football at Kaanapali was one of the initial events to benefit from the new Kaanapali Kokua Project, a non-profit effort by Kaanapali Golf Courses to help community organizations and charities.
The project donated $10 to the football team for each participating golfer from last Saturday to Monday.
The idea behind the project is to promote causes without having to stage large-scale events. Earlier, Spare For Change received a $1,000 grant from the group.