T.J. Kua of Oahu and Shawn McCauley of Kauai won the Aloha PGA Kaanapali Pro-Pro Championship on Monday, defeating the Maui team of David Braxton and Kyle Hayashi on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff at the Kaanapali Royal Course.
Each team parred the first three playoff holes. On the fourth - No. 17 - Kua and McCauley won with another par after Braxton and Hayashi hit their tee shots into a water hazard.
"I have to say, we didn't play all that well today actually and got off to a bad start - we just sort of 'ham-and-egged' it though and were able to cover each other when one of us was out of a hole," said McCauley, a teaching professional at Pearl Country Club on Oahu.
T.J. Kua follows through on a drive during Monday’s final round of the Aloha PGA Kaanapali Pro-Pro Championship at the Kaanapali Royal Course — Kua and Shawn McCauley won the event on the fourth hole of a playoff with David Braxton and Kyle Hayashi.
MELISSA LUDWIG photo
Braxton reacts after nearly chipping in from the rough during the playoff.
MELISSA LUDWIG photo
McCauley and Kua carded a 7-under 64 in the second round - the best score of the event - for an 8-under 134 total in regulation. They will share $3,000 for the win.
"This course is difficult for me in the wind because it's a lot of right-to-left wind," said the left-handed Kua, an unaffiliated professional who was a Western Athletic Conference first-team selection in 2011-12 as a University of Hawaii senior.
Braxton and Hayashi, who were tied for the lead after 18 holes, had a 67 in the second round and finished as runners-up for the second straight year.
Aloha PGA Kaanapali Pro-Pro Championship
Monday's Final Round At Royal Kaanapali Course
x-won on fourth hole of playoff
|x-Shawn McCauley and T.J. Kua, $3,000||70-64—134||-8|
|David Braxton and Kyle Hayashi, $2,000||67-67—134||-8|
|Juan Rodriguez and Mark Morrison, $1,500||68-67—135||-7|
|Kirk Nelson and Justin Newsome, $1,000||67-71—138||-4|
|Kevin Hayashi and Lance Taketa, $800||71-68—139||-3|
|Ed Angulo and Mark Shimomura, $550||72-69—141||-1|
|Craig Furtado and Brad Bowen, $550||75-66—141||-1|
|Andrew Feldmann and Larry Stubblefield, $375||73-69—142||E|
|Kevin Robolvsky and Kenny Springer, $375||71-71—142||E|
|Rodney Acia and Lee Hardy, $275||71-72—143||+1|
|Matt Pakkala and Kevin Carll, $275||72-71—143||+1|
|T.J. Figueroa and Travis Joerger, $117||68-76—144||+2|
|David Havens and Roscoe Branch, $117||73-71—144||+2|
|John Basuck and Lon Kinder, $117||70-74—144||+2|
|Steve Henry and Dawn Kaneshiro, $117||70-74—144||+2|
|Darren Sayre and Chris Keiter, $117||73-71—144||+2|
|Jerry King and Ross Mitsutani, $117||75-69—144||+2|
|Randy Shibuya and Ken Nakano||74-71—145||+3|
|Sam Rodriguez and Mark Micale||76-69—145||+3|
|Dean Prince and Dean Nishimoto||74-72—146||+4|
|Ben Hongo and Doug Bohn||69-78—147||+5|
|Shaun Steile and Chris Appling||78-69—147||+5|
|Sutee Nitakorn and Frank Luchowski||76-72—148||+6|
|Shayna Miyajima and Chris Armanini||75-73—148||+6|
|Lee Sakugawa and Rohn Stark||72-76—148||+6|
|Scott Carroll and Johann Emanuel||74-75—149||+7|
|Elliot Gouveia and Mark Seki||77-72—149||+7|
|Chad Dusenberry and Steve Murphy||77-72—149||+7|
|Eddie Lee and Renee Lee||79-70—149||+7|
|Rick Castillo and Joey Castillo||73-77—150||+8|
|Rusty Hathaway and Darrell Rego||76-74—150||+8|
|Ron Huffman and Clif Council||76-78—154||+12|
|Chris Black and Andew Wituszynski||76-79—155||+13|
|Ed Kageyama and Kyle Pavlick||80-77—157||+15|
|Scott Ashworth and Duane Otte||77-83—160||+18|
"Braxton keeps me under control and he's got a great short game so I knew he'd always be good around the greens," Hayashi said.
Braxton is a pro at Elleair.
The Big Island team of Juan Rodriguez and Mark Morrison closed with a 67, finishing one stroke out of the playoff.
Kirk Nelson, also an Elleair pro, and fellow Mauian Justin Newsome were fourth at 138 after a second-round 71. They had shared the lead after Sunday's round.