Chiarella, Omer hold share of Pro-Pro lead

Rego, Kua tied with former Seabury golfers

Alex Chiarella hit off the Royal Kaanapali Course’s 12th tee Saturday during the first round of the Kaanapali Classic Pro-Pro. -- Kaanapali Golf Courses / MELISSA DUPUIS photo

Alex Chiarella hit off the Royal Kaanapali Course’s 12th tee Saturday during the first round of the Kaanapali Classic Pro-Pro. -- Kaanapali Golf Courses / MELISSA DUPUIS photo

The Maui News

Defending champions Alex Chiarella and Alex Omer held a share of the lead after Saturday’s first round of the Kaanapali Classic Pro-Pro at the Royal Kaanapali Course, shooting 8-under-par 63 in the Aloha Section PGA better-ball event that left the Maui duo tied with Oahu’s Todd Rego and T.J. Kua.

Chiarella and Omer, former teammates at Seabury Hall, recorded six birdies and an eagle in their bogey-free round.

“Our strategy going into today was to give ourselves two looks at birdies on every hole,” said Chiarella, who played at the University of San Diego and earlier this month competed in a U.S. Open sectional qualifier. “Omer always tees it up first for us and he hits his drive really well — he gets it in the fairway a lot and allows me to be aggressive with my drive.”

Kua and Rego had nine birdies and an bogey.

Alex Omer hit off the Royal Kaanapali Course’s 12th tee Saturday during the first round of the Kaanapali Classic Pro-Pro. -- Kaanapali Golf Courses / MELISSA DUPUIS photo

Alex Omer hit off the Royal Kaanapali Course’s 12th tee Saturday during the first round of the Kaanapali Classic Pro-Pro. -- Kaanapali Golf Courses / MELISSA DUPUIS photo

Makena Golf & Beach Club teammates Eric Dugas and Elliot Gouveia were one shot behind the leaders.

David Braxton and Kyle Hayashi shot 65, as did Corey Kozuma and Ryan Nagata.

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KAANAPALI CLASSIC PRO-PRO

Saturday’s First Round

Elliot Gouveia of Makena Golf & Beach Club putts on the 10th green Saturday. -- Kaanapali Golf Courses / MELISSA DUPUIS photo

Elliot Gouveia of Makena Golf & Beach Club putts on the 10th green Saturday. -- Kaanapali Golf Courses / MELISSA DUPUIS photo

At Kaanapali Royal Course

Alex Chiarella/Alex Omer 63

Todd Rego/TJ Kua 63

Eric Dugas/Elliot Gouveia 64

David Braxton/Kyle Hayashi 65

Corey Kozuma/Ryan Nagata 65

Henry Park/Cory Oride 66

Kevin Shimomura/David Havens 66

John Hearn/Kevin Ralbovsky 67

Ryan Michimoto/Dawn Kaneshiro 67

Justin Newsome/Brent Grant 67

Juan Rodriguez/Hunter Larson 67

Ben Hongo/Doug Bohn 68

Paul Ito/Steve Murphy 68

Spencer Shishido/Shane Hoshino 68

Lance Taketa/Brandon Nahale 68

Jay Taise/Scott Bridges 68

David Gerkin/Andre Bedard 69

Kellan Anderson/Jason Jakovac 69

Chris Shimomura/Roscoe Branch 69

Ryan Cancino/Dillon Soldwisch 70

Rick Castillo/Joey Castillo 70

Lee Sakugawa/Johnathan Galarita 70

Richad Sung/Andrew Kane 70

Glenn Tamagawa/Chad Dusenberry 70

Sutee Nitakorn/Stephen Arendt 70

Eddie Lee/Renee Lee 71

Chris Armanini/Chris Black 72

Rodney Acia/Lee Hardy 72

Mark Seki/Duane Otte 75

Hayden Williamson/Joseph Wood 76

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