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Posted on: Tuesday, June 6, 2006

15-year-old wins Kaua'i qualifier for Open berth

 •  Wie shines, even in defeat

Advertiser Staff

Tadd Fujikawa, a 15-year-old who just completed his freshman year at Moanalua High School, qualified for the U.S. Open yesterday by winning the sectional qualifier at Po'ipu Bay Golf Club on Kaua'i.

"It hasn't really hit me yet," Fujikawa said by phone. "I guess I'm excited. It'll be fun."

Fujikawa shot rounds of 71 and 70, for a 141 total and topped David Havens of Lahaina, Maui, by a stroke for the sectional's lone berth into the U.S. Open. There were 10 golfers in the Kaua'i qualifier, all from Hawai'i.

"Maybe in my wildest dreams I thought about it," Fujikawa said of playing in the U.S. Open. "Actually, I dream about it day and night. The Masters, the U.S. Open ... to play in any PGA tournament at 15, usually it would be just a dream."

Fujikawa won't be the youngest to play at the Open, though. Tyrell Garth was 14 when he played the tournament in 1941.

Fujikawa, who finished third at this year's David S. Ishii Foundation/HHSAA Boys Golf Championships, will play in the U.S. Open, June 15 to 18 at Winged Foot Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Dean Wilson, a former Kane'ohe resident, shot rounds of 69-69138 at the Brookside Golf and Country Club and Lakes Golf and Country Club in Columbus, Ohio, to also qualify for the U.S. Open.

Sean Maekawa, a junior at Honoka'a, competed at the same site as Wilson, but failed to qualify. Maekawa shot 70-79149.

Jim Seki, a Punahou graduate now playing on the Canadian Tour, shot 74-73147, at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, Calif., and did not qualify.