Wire-to-wire leader Shigezawa wins Maui Open.

Bradley Shigezawa battled back from a rocky road in the middle of his round to reach level par on 18 which, when combined with his 3-under 69 on Saturday, gave him a 141 total and the win today at the 2014 Maui Open at the Dunes at Maui Lani golf course in Kahului.

The Oahu golfer bogeyed two testy holes on the Dunes’ front nine: Nos. 8 and 10. He left his recovery pitch short after hitting an errant tee shot to the left side of the green on eight, then played out of “a crack in the ground” on 10, bogeying both.

But the indifferent pro got over it and managed to eek out the win in the face of a field that unfortunately failed to mount any real charge. It was Shigezawa’s to lose and to his credit he gave up no ground in the end, trying his best to pad his lead but only converting enough birdies to keep him even for the day.

It was enough. His closest professional pursuer was 25-year-old pro Max Bonk, of Waimea, whose 1-under opening round had him T2 when he, Shigezawa, and James Horton, of Lahaina, teed off. Another Oahu pro, TJ Kua, was also T2 and in the group ahead when their day began.

But while Shigezawa’s even par 72 forced the field’s hand, Bonk’s 1-over 73 would ultimately leave Shigezawa plenty of breathing room in the end, with the Big Island pro three back at 71-73-144 and with a sole second-place finish.

Only UH Hilo senior Dalen Yamauchi would card sub-70 score today with an event low of 68. In spite of this being one of his best-ever competitive rounds, the Vulcan would have too much ground to make up after opening with a 77 but would earn sole possession of third place (77-68-145), while Horton’s 75 left him five back at 71-75-146, and a fourth place finsih.

Andre Bedard, a LaVerne Leopard junior from Kihei, was the only other Championship flight player today to score under par in the final round, with a 1-under 71. Defending champion Garrett Okamura shot 75-76-161, and pros David Havens, Eliot Gouveia, and Cory Oride all shot 73s today.

Shigezawa won $4,000, Bonk pocketed $2,000, Yamauchi received $1,500 and Horton took home $1,200. Kua (77) tied for sixth at 148.

Brad Shigesawa, a 22-year-old college golfer from Oahu, is overnight leader at Maui Open after carding a 3-under 69.

Brad Shigezawa, quietly and with class, managed his way around the pesky Dunes at Maui Lani golf course in 3-under 69, which put him atop the leader board at the 2014 Maui Open, his first. The 22-year-old Claremont-Mudd-Scripps senior has never played a competitive round at the Dunes before, but you wouldn’t know it from the way he carefully navigated his way around the Robin-Nelson-designed Maui linksland.

Shigezawa, whose resume would make any golfer proud, won the 2013 Division III individual national championship by five strokes. He helped lead Claremont-Mudd-Scripps to a fifth-place team finish at last year’s NCAA Championships, placed 15th at the 2013 Western Refining College All-America Classic, reached the quarterfinals of the 105th Manoa Cup—the Hawaii State Amateur Match Play Championship, and was the 2013 Southern California Intercollegiate Athlete Conference Player of the Year.

Just two strokes back are three great players: TJ Kua of Oahu, James Horton of Lahaina, and Max Bonk from the Big Island. TJ did a great job to stay in the zone heading home, and on the 14th hole, we caught him playing a fine shot into the green. He would miss that putt but on 16, we were there to see his birdie putt drop.

Max Bonk was in good spirits in spite of the intensity of the competition. He played very well, and we captured him playing an excellent iron shot into 14.

The goes for James Moran-Horton, the 21-year-old former protege of Kaanapali pro Sutee Nitakorn, who coached the lad during his heady days at Lahainaluna. Horton, who once aced the 8th hole on the Bay Course, killed his drive on 15 and then played a fine iron shot into the green, which we caught on camera.

Dunes head pro and Maui Open defending champion Garrett Okamura is six back after a day where he just couldn’t find his mojo. The 2014 Aloha Section PGA Player of the Year struggled on 11, making a triple-bogey and we say him play a stellar wedge into 14 the leave a 12-footer for birdie. The left-to-right putt literally went around the cup as he was forced to settle for par.

Maui News writer Chris Sugidono noted, in his report, that Okamura’s lack of prowess today might’ve been a result of his helping to manage the event, but Garrett will likely overcome any work-related adversity as he tees it up during the final round.

2014 Maui Open Golf Championship
The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course
First Round Results, November 22, 2014

Championship flight:
Bradley Shigezawa 69, Max Bonk 71, James Horton 71, TJ Kua 71, Kyle Hayashi 73, Spencer Shishido 74, Kengo Aoshima 75, Justin Ngan 75, Garrett Okamura 75, Chris Adam 76, John Galarita 76, Eliot Gouveia 76, David Havens 76, Ryan Acosta 77, Justin Arcano 77, Jake Grodzinsky 77, Todd Rego 77, Radford Sam Fong 77, Dalen Yamauchi 77, Andre Bedard 78, Tyler Munetake 78, Cory Oride 78, Sam Rodriguez 78, Dillon Soldwisch 78, John Bascuk 79, Kevin Shimomura 79, Bryce Iwasaki 80, Isaac Jaffurs 80, Patrick Murakami 80, Stephen Zane 81, Blaine Fujimoto 82, Ben Hongo 82, Chris Shimomura 82, Drake Onaga 83, Noah Miller 84, Remington Hirano 85, Chris Black 86, TJ Figueroa 87, Darren Henry 87, Mark Rutherford 87, Scott Rutherford 87, Dean Sturman 89, Denver Coon 90, Benjamin Tegel 91, Alexander Cabello 99.

Senior flight:
Kirk Nelson 72, Mark Chun 76, David Goode 76, Wade Latham 76, Mark Shimamura 76, Clive Kegel 78, Eric Molina 78, Jon Yokouchi 78, Rey Lemaine 79, Dugal Milne 80, Peter Rice 80, Rohn Stark 80, Phillip Anamizu 81, Lee Sakugawa 83, Richard Gillette 84, Matt Gilbertson 85, Lee Hardy 85, Marc Stevens 86, Ralph James 89, John Bryant 92, Kelly Ray Mulholland 93.

Super senior flight:
Ed Beslow 71, Dean Prince 73, Mike Gibbins 78, Rodney Acia 79, Alan Grodzinsky 81, Mike Long 81, Dickie Moon 81, Doug Stacy 81, Cliff Council 82, Robert Ota 85, John Sostman 85, AJ Molitor 86, Wendell Reinking 89, Michael Liverett 90, Jim Marcum 91, Eddie Melott 92, Robert Diener 93, Rob Town 97.

A flight:
David Balmores 66, Rick Colletto 67, Ronald Asuncion 69, Jordan Terada 71, Joseph Delaginte Jr. 72, Lloyd Komoda 72, Wesley Decoite 74, Allen Souza 74, Robert Ito 75, Todd Kawasaki 75, Glenn Ono 75, Ralph Overton 77, Gerald Suzuki 77, Greg Wada 78, Mario Chajon 79, James Phillips 79, Kristeena Locke 81, Stephen Diehl 82, Brendon Spencer 83, Lance Terada 83, Thomas Jezierny 86, Ernie Cronkite 89.

2104 Maui Open Pre-Tournament Welcome Party (Photos)

It was the evening of 22 November and many of the usual suspects were out and about at Cafe O’Lei at The Dunes for the 2014 Maui Open welcome party. Dave Gleason, retired longtime course GM and a current partner at Bill Mills Development, gave the commencing address in front of a happy crowd of players from all island. Christine was at the registration desk, as always, smiling and welcoming old friends, as was head golf professional Garrett Okamura, the defending champion.

2014 Maui Open Preview: Defending Champion Garrett Okamura Pre-tournament Interview (Video)

In this special Maui Golf Review video, 2014 Maui Open Defending Champion Garrett Okamura appears for a pre-tournament interview where he describes his development from Maui’s junior golf program through high school, college, and his early professional career in Hawaii and on the satellite tour. Garrett talks about those who inspired him to play. We wish him luck in 2014.

Da Game Show is a creative extension of the Maui Golf Review, Hawaii’s premiere golf publication since 1995. Hosted by Kapalua resident and golfer, Dave Ward, Da Game walks-the-talk in paradise with style and delivers candor and humor every step of the way.

Dave is joined by an array of regular and guest co-stars with each episode. No matter what is happening in Hawaii golfdom, Da Game is a part of it; often and to such a degree that we can get into trouble for it!

All of that adds to the excitement as each episode reveals some unheard-of-faux-pas or stunt that only Da Game can bring you.

Be sure to make Da Game Show a part of your regular viewing game plan now!

2014 Maui Junior Golf Association Awards Dinner (Video)

Maui Junior Golf Association president Ralph Miyamoto invited Marie and I to the MJGA’s annual awards dinner on Friday, November 21, 2014 at The King Kamehameha Golf Club. It was a lovely affair with over 100 people in attendance, including the mayor’s representative, pros Ben Hongo, Sutee Nitakorn, and Dodd Hessey.

All had fun and the kids especially, with trophies of all sizes and materials lining a big table behind the podium.

No one left empty-handed and we managed to get some of the festivities on tape. Enjoy.

Oregon Ducks cruise to victory at the inaugural Kaanapali Collegiate Classic. (Photos)

Former Santiago High School Shark star, 18-year-old Oregon freshman Aaron Wise, birdied seven of his opening eight holes today carding a final-round score of 6-under-par 65 to help cement his team’s 24-stroke victory at the inaugural 54-hole Kaanapali Collegiate Classic Invitational. He then drained an uphill, into-the-grain birdie putt, after approaching the 440-yard Royal Kaanapali golf course’s 18th green in a helping wind with his gap wedge, to break a 10-under 203 tie with University of North Florida senior MJ Maguire for the individual low medalist title.

With four wins this fall season, the undefeated Oregon Ducks led the event from wire-to-wire beginning with an NCAA-record-setting score of 30-under 254—after a scorcher of an opening Friday that saw a bevy of low numbers, including a 9-under 62 by another Duck—three-time Montana state champion sophomore Brandon McIver, when the west Maui resort course was rendered defenseless sans its normal trade winds. Oregon coach Casey Martin’s Ducks followed their historic opener with a 7-over-par second-round total before sealing the deal today with a third- and final-round score of 10-under-par, totaling 33-under 819 for the event.

The 2014 Kaanapali Collegiate Classic Invitational featured 13 teams from across the nation, including the University of Hawaii, with the University of North Florida Ospreys following the Oregon Ducks’ 33-under 819 to take second place with a team score of 9-under 843. The Georgia Bulldogs, buoyed by top-10 efforts from Lee McCoy and Nicholas Reach were third at 4-under 848.

The UH ‘Bows, who slid from 10th place at the beginning of the day to cede that spot of UC Irvine’s ‘Eaters, finished in 11th place with an event aggregrate of 36-over-par 888. Kauai’s Justin “Pono” Tokioka fired a final round 3-under 68 to earn a share of fifth place with Georgia Bulldog Lee McCoy.