Kiahuna’s Ron Castillo Jr. made it all the way to the final of the Turtle Bay Golf Match Play Championship, but in the end, it was Pearl Country Club Apprentice Regan Lee who had the last laugh.
Lee earned a 4 and 3 win against Castillo Jr. at The Arnold Palmer Course on O’ahu.
Lee earned his berth into the finals by defeating Stephen Sanchez 4-3 in the first round, Lance Taketa 1-up in the quarterfinals and John Lynch 5-4 in the semi-finals.
Castillo Jr. earned his spot in the finals by winning his firstround match against Kirk Nelson 4-3, then defeating qualifier medallist Larry Stubblefield 1-up in the quarterfinals, and Kevin Carll 1-up in the semifinals.
In the finals, Lee fell to 2-down after the first two holes of play. He came back all square after Castillo Jr bogeyed #5 and #6. Lee birdied #9 to take him 1-up at the turn. Lee won hole #10 and birdied #12 and won hole #13. Both players parred the next two holes to close the match with Lee 4-up with three remaining.
In the Senior Division, Makena’s Dugal Milne defeated Ron Kia’aina of Makaha Resort 2-up. Milne earned his berth into the finals by earning a first round bye after coming in second in the qualifying. He then defeated Ray Suzuki 4-2 in the quarterfinals and Harold Perry 2-up in the semifinals.
Kia’aina earned his spot in the finals by earning a bye in the first round after earning medallist honors in the qualifying. He then defeated Gregg Baker 2-up in the quarterfinals, then Dave Kowalczyk 4-3 in the semifinals.
During the final round, Dugal Milne carded three birdies on the front nine to go 3-up at the turn. Kiaaina made a charge by winning three of the first five holes on the back nine to leave Milne at 1-up.
Milne birdied #17 to close the match at 2-up.
This is the Aloha Section PGA’s third major championship of the 2005 season with an $8,500 purse ($5,300 Championship / $3,200 Senior Division).
The Turtle Bay Golf Match Play Championship features an 18-hole qualifying event beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday.