Andrew Chin earns low amateur title at the Hawaii State Open
Mauna Lani Resort <br>(Mauna Lani Resort Photo)
Mauna Lani Resort
(Mauna Lani Resort Photo)

KAMUELA, HI (December 18, 2016) -- On Sunday the rains came and forced the cancellation of the Hawaii State Open final round. As a result the 36-hole results stood as the final results and Andrew Chin earned low amateur honors at the Mauna Lani Resort.

Professional TJ Kua was 7-under after two rounds and he was the one-stroke victor over the 6-under David Fink.


With his second consecutive even-par 72 Andrew Chin took over the amateur lead at the Hawaii State Open hosted by Mauna Lani Resort. Chin will begin the final round seven behind the 7-under leader, TJ Kua.

For the second consecutive day it was an up and down scorecard for Chin as he birdied four holes and bogeyed four. The birdies for Chin came on Nos. 2, 12, 14 and 15. Earlier this year Chin finished as the runner-up at the 2016 Mid Pacific Open and Hickam Invitational.

Amateur's Brent Grant (+1) and Remington Hirano (+2) have the best chance at chasing Chin down for low amateur honors. Tyler Ota who was tied for low amateur after the first round fell to 4-over following a 4-over 76 on Saturday.


USGA Men's State Championship teammates Tyler Ota and Andrew Chin are tied for 11th and they are currently the low amateurs at the Hawaii State Open being contested at Mauna Lani Resort. Both players opened with even-par 72's.

Ota, the 2016 Mayors Cup winner, birdied once and bogeyed once during his round. His only birdie came on the 18th hole.

Chin was able to rebound after a bit of a disappointing front nine that saw him post a 2-over 38. The back nine response started with a birdie on the 10th hole and another on the 16th that brought Chin back to even-par.

The duo begins the second round five-strokes behind professional Dean Wilson.

ABOUT THE Hawaii State Open

The Hawaii State Open features a combined field of professionals and amateurs in various flights for men, women and seniors. The Aloha Section’s flagship event has become a melting pot of touring professionals, PGA club professionals, and the top amateur golfers from Hawaii, Continental U.S., Japan, and Korea. The 54- hole event attracts over 180 golfers every year.

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