OAHU, HI (June 13, 2015) -- Tyler Ota and Dalen Yamauchi were looking at a long, challenging day of 36 holes of match play golf to determine the winner of the 107th Manoa Cup. They teed it up at 7 a.m. at the 6,041-yard, par-71 Oahu Country Club with Yamauchi taking an early 1-up lead on the par-5 second hole with a par.
Yamauchi was able to maintain that lead over the next two holes before Ota brought things square with rare back-to-back eagles. The first came on the short 281-yard, par-4, no.5, a hole that Yamauchi’s birdie wasn’t good enough. The next hole, a 465-yard par-5, was brought to its knees with another Ota eagle, giving him a 1-up lead that he never surrendered.
Ota’s lead over the next 13 holes varied between 1-up and 3-up, and after 18 holes his lead was 2-up. He started out hot on his second 18 of the day, taking birdies on 4 of the first 6 holes to build his lead to 6-up after 24 holes. Yamauchi managed to win only two holes from that point, giving Ota a 5&4 win.
ABOUT THE MANOA CUP
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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