OCC member Chris Byrer fights to advance to quarters
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OAHU, HAWAII (June 12, 2015) -- The 107th Manoa Cup, the Hawaii State Amateur Championship, began on Monday as a stroke play event, and the top 64 players advanced to Tuesday’s match-play portion of the tournament. Now, on Friday, eight golfers remain and are fighting it out in the quarterfinals at the 6,005-yard, par 71 Oahu Country Club in Oahu, Hawaii.
OCC member Chris Byrer, an Oregon grad and financial advisor for Edward Jones, worked overtime to win his Thursday match, where Mark Uekawa from Chaminade took Byrer to 21 holes before Byrer claimed victory. Uekawa had his par putt lip out on the final hole to give Byrer the win. The oldest player remaining in the field (by a good margin), he’ll face 17-year-old Justin Williamson in the quarterfinals this morning. Winning players will return for another 18-hole match in the afternoon.
Also looking to advance today are Scotty Yamashita (University of Hawaii), who posted a 6-and-5 win over Aiko Leong, who was hoping to become the first female to make it to the quarterfinals in the tournament’s history.
P.J. Samiere from San Diego State University beat Kengo Aoshima 4-and-3 and will now face Yamashita. That winner will face the victor of the Brent Grant-Tyler Ota match in the afternoon, while the winner of the Byrer-Williamson match will face whoever advances in the Sian Rogers-Dalen Yamauchi match.
The oldest continuous golf tournament in Hawaii is the Manoa Cup Championship. 1907 marked its first tournament and it is still going strong. It began when Messrs Arthur F. Wall and James D. Dougherty donated a trophy cup to their Club, the old Manoa Golf Club in Manoa Valley sometime between late 1905 and early 1907.
The actual date that the Manoa nine hole links terminated its operations cannot be ascertained, however, it is believed that the grounds were gradually phased out during 1906-1907 with the Manoa Club’s complete disbandment in September 1908. With Oahu Country Club coming into existence on June 8, 1906, there was a close relationship between the two Clubs, with many of the Manoa Club members joining O.C.C. as Charter Members.
Oahu Country Club, the Grand Dame of Hawaii golf, was founded well over 100 years go by a small group of Honolulu’s most established gentlemen, one of whom was nominated to sail all the way to Europe to clear title to the land from its then-owner. Hemmed in a luscious forest on three sides and the glass and steel towers of Downtown Honolulu on the fourth, Oahu Country Club has been, and continues to be, at the center of Hawaii golf since its founding.
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