Sawada, Jakovac capture Kaanapali Pro Pro crown

Jared Sawada and Jason Jakovac congratulate each other after they completed the final round of the Kaanapali Classic Pro Pro Championship on Sunday at the Royal Kaanapali Course. Sawada and Jakovac won by two shots. KAANAPALI GOLF COURSES photos

The Maui News

LAHAINA — Jared Sawada and Jason Jakovac shot a second straight 63 on Sunday to earn top honors in the 2019 Kaanapali Classic Pro Pro Championship sponsored by E-Z-GO and Golf Concepts.

With eight birdies both Saturday and Sunday at the Royal Kaanapali Golf Course, the pair had a clean scorecard for 36 holes and took home $2,200 of the $10,000 purse.

Sawada, who just came off two years on the Mackensie Tour (Canada), recently won the 2019 Big Island Invitational and qualified in for the 2019 Sony Open in January. Jakovac won the Pro-Assistant Championship recently and is the Head Professional at Hoakalei Country Club on Oahu.

“We played in the Kaanapali event three years ago and then I was in Canada the last few years, so it was good to be back here playing together,” Sawada said.

Jake Grodzinsky makes his putt on the fifth hole. Grodzinsky and playing partner Cassy Isagawa tied for second.

Jakovac said the key was a 5-under finish on the back nine Sunday.

“We started off a little slow and had a few hiccups (Sunday), but we had each other’s back and finished really strong on the back nine,” Jakovac said.

Maui’s Cassy Isagawa and Jake Grodzinsky shot 65-63-128 over the weekend to share second place.

“Our strategy was to just go out and have fun this weekend, enjoy each other’s company and not be too hard on ourselves,” Isagawa said.

Grodzinsky added, “We got off to a slow start today with some pars, but then Cassy made a birdie on 4 and then we started to make some more.”

Eliot Gouveia and Eric Dugas of Makena Golf Club talk over a putt during Sunday’s final round. The defending champions finished tied for second.

Isagawa, who served as the Baldwin High School boys coach this spring, said of the birdie putt on the fourth: “I felt good standing over the putt, I was confident about it, even though I knew it was a tough downhill left to right putt. I really wanted to make it for my team and contribute a birdie at that point — we needed it.”

As a team, Grodzinsky and Isagawa heated up on their back nine with Grodzinsky needing only 11 putts for the last nine holes, including an eagle on the ninth after he hit a solid drive and hit an 8-iron to the flag to about two feet for eagle.

Alex Ching and Todd Rego were one of three teams that tied for second at 128 after a second straight 64 on Sunday. In the first round, Ching eagled the par-5 sixth hole and Sunday Rego eagled the same hole. They also earned $1,233.

Rego said, “We got really fired up after the fifth hole today and said to ourselves, ‘we need to go.’ “Ching added, “With no wind out there today and conditions were perfect on the course, we knew we had to go low – it was pretty scoreable out there.”

Eliot Gouveia and Eric Dugas of Makena Golf Club, the 2018 champions, shot 66-62-128 and also took home $1,233 for their share of second place.

Oahu’s Alex Ching clears the bunker after his approach on No. 5 plugged into the bunker. Ching and Todd Rego tied for second.

Kaanapali Classic Pro Pro Championship

Sunday’s Final Round

At Royal Kaanapali Course

Jared Sawada, Jason Jakovac 63-63–126 -16

Alex Ching, Todd Rego 64-64–128 -14

Eliot Gouveia, Eric Dugas 66-62–128 -14

Cassy Isagawa, Jake Grodzinsky 65-63–128 -14

Kevin Hayashi, Nainoa Calip 62-67–129 -13

Chris Shimomura, Kevin Shimomura 66-64–130 -12

Eddie Lee, Garrett Okamura 65-65–130 -12

Hunter Larson, Patrick Clary 65-66–131 -11

Shane Hoshino, Spencer Shishido 68-64–132 -10

James Horton, Justin Newsome 64-69–133 -9

David Havens, Scott Carroll 71-62–133 -9

Jeffrey Ingman, Juan Rodriguez 65-68–133 -9

Corey Kozuma, Ryan Nagata 68-66–134 -8

Christopher Keiter, Lee Kagawa 68-66–134 -8

Andre Bedard, Christopher Armanini 65-69–134 -8

Dawn Kaneshiro, Jonathan Galarita 67-68–135 -7

Marcus Judge, Michael Taylor 70-67–137 -5

Doug Bohn, Haruyasu Hongo 70-67–137 -5

Reece Alnas, Shaun Steile 69-70–139 -3

Jay Taise, Scott Bridges 68-72–140 -2

Brian Okumura, Christopher Black 72-69–141 -1

Ryan Cancino, Scott Reinhart 70-71–141 -1

Darren Sayre, Duane Otte 74-68–142 E

Chad Dusenberry, Thomas Freestone 73-70–143 +1

Nick Ruiz, Roscoe Branch 70-73–143 +1

Lee Sakugawa, Rohn Stark 73-71–144 +2

Caitlyn Villatora, Dillion Solcwisch 75-71–146 +4

Joe Wood, Kieran Collins 74-72–146 +4

Mark Seki, Steven Murphy 74-74–148 +6

Sutee Nitakorn, TJ Figueroa 76-76–152 +10

Chad McDade, Claude Brousseau 78-75–153 +11

James Triche, Ronald Huffman 76-79–155 +13

Leander Hathaway, Richard Castillo 82-77–159 +17


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