McCauley, Kua win in playoff
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.
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.
“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.