USC's Kyle Suppa finishes T9 at Hawaii State Open
Kyle Suppa looks over a putt during the second round
at Mauna Lani Resort Golf Course
(Aloha Section PGA Photo)
KAMUELA, HI (December 17, 2017) - USC freshman Kyle Suppa began the final round of the Hawaii State Open tied for the lead but struggled during the final round to finish 3-under and tied for ninth. Suppa started the tournament with rounds of 69-67 to move into contention but he a closing 5-over 77 ended his title aspirations.
Suppa actually got off to a strong start on Sunday at the North Course of the Mauna Lani Resort with birdies on Nos. 2 and 4 to move to 10-under and it looked like he was going to be in the mix until the end. Even after Suppa bogeyed the 5th and double-bogeyed the 9th to fall to 7-under he rebounded nicely with 10th and 11th hole birdies to return to 9-under. Still at 9-under following a bogey on No. 13 and a 14th hole birdie Suppa saw his chances derailed with consecutive triple-bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes.
Tadd Fujikawa who started the day one back finished 12-under to win the title while 36-hole co-leader Nick Mason was 11-under in second place.
Kyle Suppa has played well in professional events before but now he is in position to win one. Suppa, a freshman at USC, fired rounds of 69-69 to make the cut in the PGA Tour's 2015 Sony Open and now with one round remaining he is 8-under and sharing the lead by one at the Hawaii State Open.
The winner of the 2016 Hawaii State Amateur, Suppa has carded rounds of 69-67, and he is currently tied with professional Nick Mason for the 36-hole lead at the North Course of the Mauna Lani Resort.
Suppa surged into a share of the lead with a bogey-free 4-under 32 on the opening nine that included birdies on Nos. 2, 3, 6 and 7. On the back nine Suppa did slip up a bit with a pair of bogeys but a trio of birdies, his last on the par-5 15th, helped him finish the side in 1-under 35.
When the final round begins on Sunday Suppa and Mason will be looking to hold off a number of challengers including Tadd Fujikawa in second at 7-under and Robby Ormand, Cory Oride both 6-under in a tie of fourth
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
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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