Kua, Rego win by one at Kaanapali Pro-Pro
Omer, Chiarella finish second at Aloha PGA event
The Maui News
T.J. Kua and Todd Rego of Oahu won the Kaanapali Classic Pro-Pro Championship by one shot on Sunday at the Royal Kaanapali Course, denying former Seabury Hall teammates Alex Chiarella and Alex Omer a second straight win in the Aloha Section PGA better-ball event.
Kua and Rego shot 8-under-par 63 for the second straight day for a 16-under total of 126.
“Todd and I started practicing together when I turned pro (in 2012) and he was still an amateur,” said Kua, who won the Pro-Pro in 2013 with Shawn McCauley.
“I can always count on Todd to play well, he’s reliable and we help each other out when needed.”
The final round was played in calm conditions.
“I don’t ever recall playing at Kaanapali without a little bit of trades, so it was definitely a different scenario out there today,” Rego said.
Chiarella and Omer, who were tied for the lead with Kua and Rego after the first round, had their only bogey of the tournament on the 14th hole in a round of 64.
“We knew where we stood all day today and when you miss the title by one stroke, you can’t help but look back at every shot and think where you could have made it up,” Chiarella said.
Omer and Chiarella each had birdie putts on the 18th hole, but Omer’s eight-footer lipped out and Chiarella could not get his 15-footer to fall.
Makena Golf & Beach Club teammates Eric Dugas and Elliot Gouveia shot 66 and tied for third at 130 with Ryan Nagata and Corey Kozuma (65).
Aloha Section PGA Kaanapali Classic Pro-Pro Championship
Sunday’s Final Round
At Royal Kaanapali Course
Note: Prize money is total for team
Todd Rego and T.J. Kua, $2,200, 63-63–126 -16
Alex Chiarella and Alex Omer, $1,600, 63-64–127 -15
Eric Dugas and Elliot Gouveia, $1,000, 64-66–130 -12
Corey Kozuma and Ryan Nagata, $1,000, 65-65–130 -12
David Braxton and Kyle Hayashi, $700, 65-66–131 -11
Justin Newsome and Brent Grant, $500, 67-65–132 -10
Henry Park and Cory Oride, $500, 66-66–132 -10
Kevin Shimomura and David Havens, $500, 66-66–132 -10
Spencer Shishido and Shane Hoshino, $300, 68-65–133 -9
Kellan Anderson and Jason Jakovac, $250, 69-65–134 -8
Juan Rodriguez and Hunter Larson, $250, 67-67–134 -8
Ben Hongo and Doug Bohn, $66.67, 68-69–137 -5
Ryan Michimoto and Dawn Kaneshiro, $66.67, 67-70–137 -5
Glenn Tamagawa and Chad Dusenberry, $66.67, 70-67–137 -5
John Hearn and Kevin Ralbovsky, 67-71–138 -4
Chris Shimomura and Roscoe Branch, 69-69–138 -4
Chris Armanini and Chris Black, 72-67–139 -3
Lance Taketa and Brandon Nahale, 68-71–139 -3
David Gerkin and Andre Bedard, 69-71–140 -2
Sutee Nitakorn and Stephen Arendt, 70-70–140 -2
Jay Taise and Scott Bridges, 68-72–140 -2
Ryan Cancino and Dillon Soldwisch, 70-71–141 -1
Rick Castillo and Joey Castillo, 70-71–141 -1
Lee Sakugawa and Johnathan Galarita, 70-71–141 -1
Paul Ito and Steve Murphy, 68-74–142 E
Eddie Lee and Renee Lee, 71-71–142 E
Rodney Acia and Lee Hardy, 72-71–143 +1
Richard Sung and Andrew Kane, 70-73–143 +1
Hayden Williamson and Joseph Wood, 76-72–148 +6
Mark Seki and Duane Otte, 75-81–156 +14