Annette Gaiotti Earns Top Honors in the 2019 Maui Women’s Invitational at Ka’anapali Golf Courses

Annette Gaiotti

(LAHAINA, HI) – Annette Gaiotti took home the trophy today for the 2019 Maui Women’s Invitational, posting the Low Gross score of 67-75-142 for 36 holes at Ka’anapali.  Gina Parola had the Low Net score of 62-63-125. The event was played over 36 holes this weekend, playing the par 70 Ka’anapali Kai Course on Saturday and the par 71 Royal Ka’anapali Course in the final round today.

After the first round on the Ka’anapali Kai Course, there were 16 women under net par, with calm winds and the Arthur Jack Snyder layout providing a friendly course for the field.  The Royal Ka’anapali Course showed its teeth today however with the Maui tradewinds and tested the women with its large undulating Trent Jones Senior greens. Only four ladies broke net par after competing all 36 holes of the 65th Annual Maui Women’s Invitational this weekend.

First Flight Gross and Net Winner, Annette Gaiotti, from Makawao, plays with the Po’Akolu Wahine Golf Club on Maui. Mia Hew (Wailuku) came in second today, posting 75-79-154 Gross and T2 for Low Net with Shauna Chang at 141. Gaiotti finished second in the 2019 (T2) and 2018 Josh & Souk Jerman Maui Women’s Golf Championship tournaments.  Earlier this summer, Gaiotti won the 2019 Senior Women’s State Amateur in Utah. In 2015, she was named the Utah Golf Association Player of the Year for the third time.

Gina Parola took the 2nd Flight Low Gross 81-83-164 and Low Net at 62-63-125. Parola, who was born and raised on Maui plays with the Royal Ka’anapali Golf Club and was one of the favorites to win her flight this weekend with her experience on both courses. In Ja Kim shot 92-94-184 to take 2nd place Low Gross and Cindy Benedict and Elaine Gallant T2 with a Low Net 143 for the 2nd Flight.

Honolulu’s Vivian Ahn held her first round net lead in the 3rd Flight of the Maui Women’s Invitation posting a 62-74-136 final net score, with Lahaina’s Lyn Muegge 11 strokes back at 147 net.  Janelle Miller of Kihei shot 93-100-193 to earn second place (gross) from Ahn’s 182.

The 4th flight comprised of Bobbi Delucia of Wailuku earning Low Gross honors at 102-107-209 and Joyce Hasler in second place with 99-116-215.  Hasler would also earn Low Net for her flight with 63-77-140 and Dora Asing following in second place Low Net with 148.

1st Flight Gross/Net Winner:      Annette Gaiotti 142 (+1), 132 net (-9)

2nd Flight Gross/Net Winner:      Gina Parola 164 (+23), 125 net (-16)     

3rd Flight Gross/Net Winner:      Vivian Ahn 182 (+41), 136 net (-5)

4th Flight Gross Winner:            Bobbi DeLucia 209 (+67)

4th Flight Net Winner:                Joyce Hasler 140 (-1)

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The Maui Women’s Invitational first started in 1955 to unite the Waiehu Women’s Golf Club and the Maui County Club ladies division and inaugural statewide invitational tournament. The Maui Women’s Golf Invitational attracts many women golfers from all of the different islands of Hawaii, as it strives to support and promote women’s golf in the state. This year’s tournament composed of a field that includes 68 female golfers, spanning six states across the U.S.

About Ka’anapali Golf Courses

Built on 300 acres of land once home to Hawaiian royalty, Ka'anapali Golf Courses present golfers with pristine conditions and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and West Maui Mountains.

Opened in 1962 and designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., the par-71, 6,700-yard Royal Ka’anapali Course features wide fairways and undulating greens which make it both distinctive and demanding.  The tournament-tested layout hosted the Champions Tour Ka’anapali Classic for 14 years, Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, the Canada Cup and LPGA Kemper Open, welcoming Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Greg Norman, Fred Couples, Jan Stephenson, Betsy King and other legends.

Complementing the Royal Ka’anapali Course is the modernized Ka’anapali Kai Course, which hosted Golf Channel’s “Big Break Ka’anapali.” Extensively renovated in 2005, the 6,400-yard, par-70 layout boasts an array of strategically placed bunkers, contoured fairways and resurfaced greens.

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