Third Time’s a Charm with Maui’s David Braxton and Kyle Hayashi
who took home the title in the 2014 Ka’anapali Pro-Pro Championship presented by GPS Industries
Lahaina, HI – David Braxton and Kyle Hayashi of Maui take home the championship title and $3000 in the 2014 Ka’anapali Pro-Pro Championship, presented by GPS Industries. After two years of coming in second place, it was time for this pairing to bring home the trophy with a final 2-day score of -12 (130) and a playoff hole win.
First day leaders and Ka’anapali’s golf professionals, David Havens and Roscoe Branch, despite two eagles and a near hole-out on the approach into #18 for birdie, could not hold off the forces of Braxton/Hayashi and Kapalua’s Ben Hongo and Doug Bohn today.
Hongo/Bohn took an early lead in the second round and were -13 through 12 holes, three strokes ahead of their competitors. But it was Braxton and Hayashi that clawed their way up to the top of the leaderboard to tie them in the clubhouse, forcing a playoff on the Royal Ka’anapali Courses’ 18th hole (a par 4).
Bohn put his drive in the middle of the fairway on the playoff hole, but teammate Hongo was not as lucky and was out of the hole after reaching the green in four strokes. Bohn knocked his second shot over the green and then chipped up to about 10 feet. He would miss the putt for par and bogey the hole for the team.
During the playoff hole, Kyle Hayashi was the most consistent, bombing his drive nearly 300 yards, leaving just 150 yards to the pin on this water encroached hole. Hayashi then hit his second shot onto the green about 20 feet from the hole. Hayashi missed his birdie putt but tapped in for par to secure the win for his team.
David Braxton commented on the day, “The Royal Course played great this weekend - it was set up with very good conditions.” He added, “We had no bogeys in 37 holes and with Kyle and I coming in second the last few years, the third time’s a charm!”
PGA General Manager, Ed Kageyama comments on the weekend, “We love to host this event – it’s about camaraderie amongst all the PGA professionals and great competition.” Kageyama continued, “We are thankful for our sponsors, GPS Industries for the purse money they are able to put up for the professionals, and also Ahead Golf for the tee prizes they donated to the players.”
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.