Hawaii (HSGA) Amateur Stroke Play Championship

HONOLULU, HI (March 13, 2006) -- The weather for the final round at Pearl Country Club was overcast, windy and cold. 21-year-old Japan amateur Toru Nakajima, a Jr. at Waseda University in Tokyo carded 4 birdies, 12 pars and 2 bogies for a closing round of 2-under par 70 to win his first amateur tournament some 3,800 miles away from home. Nakajima's 54 hole total was 209, 6-under par (68-71-70). Nakajima said after his victory, "Good putting was the key and Pearl's layout fits my eye." So what is he doing playing in the Hawaii State Amateur? He said my friend from Japan who plays in it annually told me about the tournament and I decided to play in 2005. For his first try he placed 2nd and a year later... he's holding the trophy. Asked him why he hasn't played in the Hawaii Pearl Open, he said he never had a chance to but he wants to in 2007. Brandan Kop finished with a 2-over par 74 and a tournament total of 1-under par 214 for the runner up spot while Tadd Fujikawa was third 71--216 1-over par.

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ABOUT THE Hawaii State Amateur

72-hole stroke play championship, with Men's Open, Men's Mid-Amateur, Women's Open, Senior Men's and Senior Women's divisions. Golfers are required to be a member of the Hawaii State Golf Association and a USGA Licensed Club.

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