Mid-Pacific Open started its tradition by combining the Lanikai Cup which was held for amateurs and the Campos Trophy for local golf professionals into one prestigious event. Mid-Pacific Country Club and its proud members have continued to uphold this fine golfing tradition over years.
The inaugural Mid-Pacific Open was held in 1956 and we crowned Guinea Kop our first tournament champion shooting an impressive 72-hole tournament score of 285. In 1968 touring golf professional Jerry Barber, set the tournament course record of 14 under par. This record was to stand for the next 18 years until the up and coming golf professional David Ishii posted a 72-hole gross score of 271, shattering the current record by 3 strokes. This tournament record still stands today. David went on to win another 2 times with his most recent victory in 2006.
The names etched on the Open perpetual trophy are some of Hawaii’s Golfing Legends and inductees into the Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame. Ted Makalena, Jimmy Ukauka, Larry Stubblefield and Ron Castillo have all had this honor. Recent Hall of Fame inductee Lance Suzuki has had his name engraved on our Open Trophy a record setting 8 times. This record will not be matched for a long time, if ever.
Other “repeat” winners include 3 time champion Greg Meyers who still holds the course record of 64 and 2 time champion Allan Yamamoto. As the legacy of golfing greats continued into the 21th Century, Guinea Kop’s grandson, Regan Lee, captured the title in 2002, 2003, and 2004 for becoming Mid-Pacific Open’s first three-peat winner. In 2009 Tadd Fujikawa became the latest 2 time winner. In 2010, Samuel Cyr a Maui native captured the title and after Nathan Lashley won in 2011, Nick Mason, another “local boy” beat Lashley in a playoff, to take the title in 2012.
While continuing the Mid-Pacific Open’s legendary history, this tournament remains one of Hawaii’s most premier golfing events. One of only two 72-hole tournaments in the State, the Open attracts golfers from all islands and abroad all wanting their shot at having their name etched on the coveted trophy.