Aiea’s Doug Williams prepares for U.S. Open debut

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The USGA’s 35th Annual U.S. Senior Open features two Hawaii golfers in the tournament. Hawaii sports hall of famer David Ishii and Aiea amateur Doug Williams both look to tame the Oak Tree National this week Thursday.

For Williams, winner of the sectional qualifier at Waialae, this will be his “Open” debut. However, his first major did not come without a major headache.

Allegiant Airlines, the airline company Williams used to travel from Hawaii to Los Angeles, lost his clubs when he left on June 28th. The incident was ten days ago and the airline company still hasn’t found them

“It’s been a nightmare.” Williams in an interview with KHON2. “They’ve been very uncooperative in trying to locate them.”

Williams went on to say that despite the club fiasco, this has been the most wonderful golf experience of his life.

“Tomorrow I scheduled a practice round with Hale Erwin. This one of the cool things about playing this tournament,” said Williams. “The way I’m playing and I’ve been playing recently decent these last couple days, even with these new clubs. My putting’s pretty good, my short game is good. I think it’s realistic for me to set a goal for me to make the cut here.”

Doug Williams will tee off at 10 a.m. HST on Thursday and David Ishii tees off at 8:20 HST on ESPN2.

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