KAILUA-KONA, Hawai'i (August 14, 2016) — Dalen Yamauchi is making a habit out of winning one of the oldest and most prestigious tournaments in Hawaii. Yamauchi dominated the field in a two-day event at Mauna Lani Golf Course to capture his third title in the 93rd annual Big Island Amateur Golf Tournament on Sunday.
The win was also Yamauchi’s second in a row.
“Since I was young I have enjoyed playing in this tournament,” said Yamauchi, who has competed in the tournament for eight years. “To win back-to-back is something special. Look at all the names on the trophy and you know they are all good players. This is such a great tournament.
Yamauchi was able to cruise to victory on Sunday after completely dominating the course on Saturday with a 67, seven strokes better than the next two competitors, Shon Katahira and Ric Yamamoto (74).
The three players were grouped together on Sunday where Yamauchi played more conservatively on his way to a 74, which tied Katahira, Oki Douglas and Ciera Min for the lowest round of the day.
“I played the course the correct way. You have to know when you can make birdie and when you cannot” said Yamauchi, who has been playing golf on Oahu. “It was nice coming home to play with friends. It makes me feel good and brings the best game out of me.”
Yamauchi finished with a total score of 141. Rounding out the top five were Katahira (148), Yamamoto (150), Casey Tamura (151) and Burt Bonk (152)
The Big Island Amateur has been around since 1924. The tournament has never missed a year.
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