THE DUNES AT MAUI LANI HOSTS

THE MAUI OPEN

Saturday August 31 2024 - September 1, 2024

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THE 71ST MAUI OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

THE MAUI OPEN

SATURDAY AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2024

71st Maui Open Championship presented by Maui Toyota will take place between Saturday August 31m 2024 - September 1, 2024.

It began in 1952 as the Maui Invitational, and was held at the Maui Country Club. The early years were dominated by Hall of Fame great Jimmy Ukauka, who won the title five years straight (1952–1956), losing his bid for a sixth title to another Hall of Fame legend, Guinea Kop. Since then, winners have included many who would become Hall of Fame inductees, including Ted Makalena, Paul Scodeller, Art Fujita, David Ishii, Allan Yamamoto, Morgan Fottrell, Masa Kaya, Dick McClean, David “Bones” Bettencourt, Lance Suzuki and most recently Brian Sasada. Last year after a few year’s hiatus during the pandemic, Corey Oride from Kauai became the eventual Champion in 2022!

Over the past decade, a younger generation has dominated the tournament. Fifteen-year-old Seabury Hall sophomore Alex Chiarella generated excitement when he emerged as the overnight leader in 2009. The next day, Tadd Fujikawa was the only golfer to break seventy in the final round. The Moanalua High School senior had to choose between tournament competition and his graduation ceremonies. He chose well, walking away with his first Maui Open title. Three years earlier, in 2006, Fujikawa became the youngest golfer ever to qualify for the U.S. Open. He’s now a professional along with Alex Chiarella who competes on the Korn Ferry Tour. Other great Maui Open past champions hoping to return are Sam Cyr, Garrett Okamura and Ryan Acosta.

The Maui Open is an appealing tournament because of our beautiful island home and anyone who wants to compete with great golfers can enter. To play in the championship flight, golfers must have a handicap of 6.2 or less, and amateurs are invited to compete with the pros. There is also an “A” flight, designed for golfers with a handicap of 15.4 or better who will play net competition (actual score less handicap). Each division offers prizes, including cash prizes for the pros, and merchandise for amateurs.

The Open has such a rich, storied past and The Dunes is a perfect match. The Dunes at Maui Lani is built on and around the natural sand dunes of the area, and modeled after the old championship links courses of Scotland and Ireland. Features like pot bunkers and firm greens make the course both unique and challenging. The Dunes also boasts the distinction of being the highest USGA slope-rated golf course on Maui.

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