Havens and Branch take the lead after Day 1
Ka’anapali Pro-Pro Championship Presented by GPS Industries
Lahaina, HI – Ka’anapali’s PGA Teaching Professional, David Havens, and Golf Assistant, Roscoe Branch take the lead at -7 after the first round of the 2014 Ka’anapali Pro-Pro Championship.
With seven birdies, the Ka’anapali duo played some impressive golf today - Havens being the long-ball hitter and Branch a consistent player, they paired up perfectly.
Havens who won the 2013 PGA Teacher of the Year Award for the Aloha Section PGA, commented, “Roscoe and I played very well as a team today, he pulled me up when we were down and we worked well together.” He continued, “The greens were in excellent shape and the Royal course played great.”
“This was some of the best golf I have played in my ten years here at Ka'anapali. Thanks to yesterday's BMW Pro-Am event, we both had an opportunity to play and get that extra warm up round and it paid off,” Havens added.
Havens and Roscoe will still have to work tomorrow if they want to bring home the win however with Chris Keiter and Darren Sayre of the Big Island just one stroke back. Two additional Maui teams are only two strokes off the lead, one of which is David Braxton and Kyle Hayashi.
Braxton and Hayashi are always strong contenders and have come in second the last two years of this Ka’anapali event. Teams will have to keep an eye out for these two tomorrow in the final round as they are hungry for their first win together.
Thirty-six teams played in this annual event, which Ka’anapali has hosted for over 10 years. PGA General Manager Ed Kageyama comments, “We take a lot of pride in hosting this event and look forward to it every year.” He adds, “It is great to have so many local pros here at Ka'anapali this weekend.”
Final round will be held at 7:00am on the Royal Ka’anapali Course.
ABOUT KA’ANAPALI GOLF COURSES:
The Royal Ka’anapali Course, a Robert Trent Jones Senior design, opened in 1962 and has tested the skills of golf professionals and amateurs alike. A Par 71 stretching 6700 yards, the Royal Course combines wide fairways and undulating greens, making it both distinctive and demanding. Home of the Champions Tour Ka’anapali Classic for 14 years, the Royal Ka’anapali Course also hosted Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, the Canada Cup and LPGA
Kemper Open, donning such golfing greats as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, Fred Couples, Jan Stephenson and Betsey King.
The Ka’anapali Kai Course is a Par 70, 6,400-yard course and boasts an array of strategically placed bunkers, contoured fairways, and re-shaped and resurfaced greens. This course, host of Golf Channel’s #1 series Big Break Ka'anapali, is a challenge to play and places a premium on strategy off the tee, accuracy with approach shots, and a deft touch around the greens.
In 2005-2007, Ka’anapali Golf Courses invested over $13 million in renovations and infrastructure. Golf course architect, Robin Nelson, was brought in to oversee the rework of the Ka’anapali Kai Course and enhancements to the championship Royal Ka’anapali Course. Ka’anapali recently celebrated 50 years (1962-2012) and was host of the Champions Tour SKIN GAME January 2008-2011.