Maui club pro Eric Dugas has made the cut at this year’s Sony Open. He shot a round of 71 on Friday to earn a spot playing at Waialae Country Club over the weekend.
Dugas was born in Massachusets but now lives on Maui. He works as a golf professional at Makena Golf Club. He’s coming off a busy last week, with the Sentry Tournament of Champions taking place on that island. Dugas made the cut at the Sony open in 2014.
The 35 year old was three under after round one this week and had a lot of family and friends following him around the course. He went one over par.
It was a must-birdie on his final hole, the 18th, this afternoon.
“You’re trying to make birdie,” said Dugas. “That was one of two par fives on the course. So you’re trying to get them all. But given the situation, I knew I was hanging on the cut line. So the birdie went a long way. Didn’t do myself any favors with the tee shot. But luckily Mike and Andrew and the guys on the bag kept me in a good frame of mind, positive. I’ve hit a lot of wedge shots before in my life, so just get in position, see if we can make it.”
Dugas has played Waialae many times and felt his ball-striking was good during Friday’s round.
“Just a few bad swings in the wrong spot,” he said. “But out here you can hit good shots and get penalized too. So I just tried to stay positive. Short game, short game, short game. Out here you can hit a lot of fairways and still stretch your short game out a little bit. So I was fortune to hole some putts when I had to and take advantage of opportunities.”
“It’s pretty special, we have people coming from Boston, Maui, the west coast. Pretty wild, pretty flattering. So it’s been a cool experience. Gotta go low tomorrow. You’re chasing the best guys in the world. I got birdies ahead of me. That’s the plan.”
Dugas will tee off on the 10th tee on Saturday.
The three other local golfers did not make the cut. Mililani and University of Hawai’i product Jared Sawada finished his Sony Open at three over par. Moanalua grad Brent Grant was five over through two rounds. The only amateur in the field was Maryknoll junior Peter Jung. He ended up in last place at 22 over par.