Dugas claims Aloha Section title, earns Sony Open spot

Eric Dugas of Kihei won the Aloha Section Stroke Play Championship on Tuesday, earning a spot in next year’s Sony Open. ALOHA SECTION PGA photo

The Maui News

Eric Dugas of Kihei fired a 3-under-par 69 in gusty conditions Tuesday to win the Aloha Section Stroke Play Championship at Kapolei Golf Course on Oahu.

Dugas, a pro at Makena Golf & Beach Club, was the only golfer in the 28-player field to shoot under par in the second round and finished at 1-under 143, one stroke ahead of Wailuku’s Garrett Okamura of The Dunes at Maui Lani.

Okamura, the first-round leader, closed with a 74.

Hilo’s Kevin Hayashi (74) and Ewa Beach’s Kellan Anderson (75) tied for third at 5 over.

With his win, Dugas earns a spot in next year’s Sony Open, the PGA Tour’s first full-field event of the year set for Jan. 11-14 at Waialae Country Club on Oahu. He also will represent the Aloha Section in the PGA Professional National Championship, to be held June 17-20 at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, Calif.

Other Maui competitors were Zachary Peck (13th, 158), Eddie Lee (14th, 159), Chris Armanini (15th, 161), David Gerken and Elliot Gouveia (tied for 16th, 162), Brad Bowen and Marcus Judge (tied for 21st, 165) and Christopher Black (tied for 24th, 168).