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Hilo Invitational Golf Tournament, 2010

Hilo Municipal Golf Course - February 20 & 21

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From left to right is Chris Igawa (Low Amateur), Lance Taketa (Tournament Co-Chairperson) & Professional Jacob Low - 2010 Hilo Invitational Champion. Photo by Lee Hardy.

2.21.2010-- Professional Jacob Low’s steady play over the final nine holes helped the former Hilo native capture the 13th Annual Hilo Invitational Golf Tournament.

Low finished the championship at 5-under par, well enough for his first professional victory and the five-thousand dollar first place prize.

Low’s 67-70 (137) was one-stroke better than first round leader professional David Kim 66-72 (138) and professional Ryan Perez (69-69 (138). Three-time champion Nick Mason placed fourth at 139.

As Low struggled early in the round, his confidence got a stern test. “I watched others making birdies and I was 3-putting for bogeys”, said Low. “After my third 3-putt (on the 13th), I started getting negative thoughts on the 14th tee”.

“I was 1-over for the day and didn’t think I could win this already.”

But on the 17th tee, he found out he was only a couple of strokes back thru 16 holes and still in the hunt. His putter came through on the 17th, making a crucial 15-footer for birdie. On the final hole, Low hit his approach to 1-foot to get back to 1-under for the day.

“Even a 1-footer can get your attention—I was actually nervous because I thought it was to get into a play-off”, Low said. “It means a lot to win this—it’s huge. It is my favorite tournament and I get to see my friends and family. Coming back home lets me golf with people I have been playing with for years.”

Igawa played with Low and Kim in the leader group and also struggled with the flat stick. “My body was cold early in the morning and my poor decisions resulted in bogeys”. “I still kept trying—trying to grind it out”, said Igawa.

He got it to 4-under after 12 holes, but 3-putt bogeys on 13, 14, and 16 derailed Igawa’s chances of the overall championship. After a 2-putt birdie on the par five 17th, Igawa did not think 2-under was enough even for low amateur honors.

Igawa, (68-72) ended winning a 3-way play-off between UH-Hilo Vulcan golfer Niel Cabico (70-70) and Alika Bell (68-72). They all birdied the first play-off hole and Igawa seized the victory with a 30-foot bomb on the par-three 2nd hole.

“It’s a good feeling to win for the first time”, Igawa said. “It sure builds your confidence.”

Submitted by Lee Hardy

Final full field results posted below.

 

2010 Hilo Invitational Pro-Am & Golf Tournament
        Round 1       Round 2     36 hole
Rank Last Name, First Name   +/- front back total   front back total   total
1 Low, Jacob (P) -5 34 33 67   36 34 70   137
2 Kim, David (P) -4 32 34 66   37 35 72   138
  Perez, Ryan (P) -4 32 37 69   35 34 69   138
4 Mason, Nick (P) -3 34 36 70   35 34 69   139
5 Igawa, Chris (A) -2 36 32 68   36 36 72   140
  Cabico, Niel (A) -2 34 36 70   35 35 70   140
  Bell, Alika (A) -2 33 35 68   38 34 72   140
8 Calip, Nainoa (A) -1 37 36 73   35 33 68   141
  Freestone, Tom (P) -1 39 33 72   35 34 69   141
  Hayashi, Kevin (P) -1 36 34 70   34 37 71   141
11 Manuia, Jaysen (P) 0 35 35 70   35 37 72   142
  Kunitomo, Aaron (A) 0 35 38 73   36 33 69   142
13 Hearn, John (P) 1 37 34 71   38 34 72   143
  Seki, Jim (P) 1 36 37 73   36 34 70   143
15 Yamauchi, Dalen (A) 2 36 36 72   38 34 72   144
16 Lee, Regan (P) 3 37 35 72   37 36 73   145
  Figueroa, TJ (P) 3 36 36 72   37 36 73   145
18 Jaffurs, Isaac (A) 4 38 35 73   38 35 73   146
  Felix, Ryan (A) 4 37 36 73   37 36 73   146
  Lesnett, Daniel (A) 4 35 37 72   38 36 74   146
  Eichelberger, Dave (P) 4 38 36 74   36 36 72   146
22 Estrada, Dante (P) 5 36 37 73   39 35 74   147
  Kozuma, Corey (A) 5 37 35 72   37 38 75   147
  Yamashita, Scotty (A) 5 37 38 75   35 37 72   147
  Larson, Hunter (A) 5 36 37 73   37 37 74   147
  Goulding, Logan (A) 5 36 38 74   38 35 73   147
  Yagi, Daryl (A) 5 37 35 72   40 35 75   147
  Tamura, Casey (A) 5 38 36 74   37 36 73   147
29 Corpuz, Allisen (A) 6 40 35 75   36 37 73   148
  Inaba, Daryl (P) 6 39 36 75   36 37 73   148
  Nakama, Casey (P) 6 41 37 78   35 35 70   148
32 Ari, Zady (A) 7 38 35 73   37 39 76   149
  Fan, Michael (A) 7 37 36 73   38 38 76   149
  Taketa, Lance (P) 7 34 37 71   42 36 78   149
35 Yamashita, Tommy (A) 8 38 35 73   38 39 77   150
  Johnson, Landon (A) 8 37 35 72   39 39 78   150
  Manalili, Herman (P) 8 37 37 74   39 37 76   150
38 Amuro, Clayton (A) 9 40 36 76   39 36 75   151
  Carll, Kevin (P) 9 39 40 79   36 36 72   151
  Kegel, Clive (A) 9 39 37 76   36 39 75   151
  Keiter, Chris (P) 9 36 38 74   37 40 77   151
  Ma, Matthew (A) 9 38 41 79   36 36 72   151
  Zane, Stephen (A) 9 35 40 75   39 37 76   151
44 Anderson, Kellan (P) 10 38 37 75   38 39 77   152
  Kouchi, Don (A) 10 39 37 76   38 38 76   152
  Nishimoto, Daniel (P) 10 37 36 73   39 40 79   152
47 Bingham, Chase (A) 11 38 37 75   43 35 78   153
  Botelho, KC (A) 11 39 37 76   39 38 77   153
  Stark, Rohn (P) 11 37 37 74   42 37 79   153
  Watabu, Casey (P) 11 37 37 74   42 37 79   153
51 Fujieki, Bou-An (A) 12 37 40 77   39 38 77   154
  Taise, Jay (P) 12 40 36 76   40 38 78   154
53 Ishii, David (P) 13 41 36 77   37 41 78   155
  Paiva, Russell (A) 13 40 39 79   38 38 76   155
  Shimizu, Seril (A) 13 42 38 80   39 36 75   155
56 Min, Ciera (A) 14 40 39 79   40 37 77   156
57 Dias, Kelii (A) 15 40 38 78   37 42 79   157
  Murakami, Patrick (A) 15 38 40 78   39 40 79   157
  Prince, Dean (P) 15 38 37 75   44 38 82   157
60 Fujii, Galvin (A) 16 40 40 80   37 41 78   158
  Nakamoto, Mitsuo (P) 16 38 42 80   37 41 78   158
62 Shimomura, Chris (A) 17 42 35 77   43 39 82   159
  Whelan, Kelly (A) 17 40 38 78   37 44 81   159
  Yamamoto, Ric (A) 17 39 39 78   43 38 81   159
65 Armanini, Chris (A) 18 40 40 80   41 39 80   160
  Moore, Eddie (P) 18 38 40 78   39 43 82   160
  Negishi, Taisei (A) 18 39 39 78   38 44 82   160
  Rego, Todd (A) 18 39 44 83   38 39 77   160
69 Ka'aihue, Kala (A) 19 42 39 81   38 42 80   161
  Maruyama, Ossian (A) 19 43 40 83   39 39 78   161
  Oki, Douglas (A) 19 41 38 79   43 39 82   161
  Otake, Ty (P) 19 40 41 81   40 40 80   161
  Stock, Steve (A) 19 42 37 79   41 41 82   161
74 Kidd, Trey (A) 20 36 43 79   38 45 83   162
  Kwee, Mitchell (A) 20 38 40 78   41 43 84   162
  Nonies, Steve (A) 20 42 38 80   41 41 82   162
  Rice, Peter (A) 20 41 41 82   41 39 80   162
  Sasada, Craig (P) 20 42 42 84   38 40 78   162
79 Matsushima, Nick (A) 21 41 40 81   39 43 82   163
  Murphy, Steve (P) 21 42 39 81   38 44 82   163
  Tanaka, Alvin (A) 21 42 37 79   40 44 84   163
  Yamane, Cole (A) 21 40 43 83   41 39 80   163
83 Akiona, Deron (A) 22 39 40 79   42 43 85   164
  Hardy, Lee (P) 22 46 42 88   37 39 76   164
  Kagawa, Lee (P) 22 43 39 82   39 43 82   164
86 Winchester, Stephen (A) 23 43 39 82   42 41 83   165
87 Ayers, Dane (A) 24 37 41 78   41 47 88   166
88 Malson, Laine (A) 25 40 44 84   42 41 83   167
89 Chun, Brenden (A) 26 43 42 85   39 44 83   168
  Nakamoto, Michiaki (A) 26 46 43 89   39 40 79   168
  Saito, Reo (A) 26 46 42 88   35 45 80   168
92 Carvajal, Hector (A) 28 39 44 83   43 44 87   170
93 Hemans, Joshua (A) 29 41 42 83   44 44 88   171
94 Tengan, Arnold (A) 30 43 46 89   43 40 83   172
95 Duituturaga, Tevita (A) 32 43 44 87   44 43 87   174
  Shoji, Paul (A) 32 45 44 89   39 46 85   174
97 Woodbury, Brett (A) 33 45 42 87   46 42 88   175
98 Liverett, Mike (P) 37 44 42 86   45 48 93   179
99 Fan, Brittany (A) 38 42 47 89   47 44 91   180
100 Smith, Brett (A) 39 41 46 87   48 46 94   181
101 Guenther, Norm (P) 90 61 57 118   58 56 114   232
102 Eusebio, Johnny (P)       NC            
  Hayashi, Kyle (A)       DQ            


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