Wilson returns to defend Open title

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i’s own Dean Wilson, who completed another successful season on the PGA Tour, will return home again to defend his title at the Hawai‘i State Open at the Hawai‘i Prince Golf Club.

Wilson, born and raised in Hawai‘i, has been successful in his pursuit to compete on the PGA Tour. His hard work and determination have led him to a successful career in golf winning six titles on the Japan Golf Tour.

Through his perseverance, he qualified for the PGA Tour on his eighth try in 2003 and finally won his first PGA Tour victory at The International in August of 2006.

He has finished in the top 10 four times this year which helped him earn $1,350,002 and ranks 79th on the money list which earned him his seventh straight full Tour privileges for 2009.

The tournament will feature Wilson, past winners such as Kevin Hayashi, Jarett Hamamoto, Casey Nakama and Brian Sasada along with some other top local professionals Kevin Carll, John Lynch, and Regan Lee in the championship field.

Also playing are some of the top amateurs in the state like Brandan Kop, Lorens Chan, T.J. Kua and Bradley Shigezawa. Top senior professionals will include seven-time senior champion Dean Prince, 2008 Senior SPC Champion Jay Taise and Champions Tour player David Eichelberger.

Traditionally, Hawai‘i’s last tournament of the year, the Hawai‘i State Open also is one of the state’s oldest tournaments. The Hawai‘i State Open was launched in 1974 as a revival of the original Hawaiian Open, which became the stop for the PGA Tour in 1965 and is now referred to as the Sony Open, held at the Wai‘alae Country Club.

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