David Ishii Hawaii Golf HOF Bio
Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame Plaque is Inscribed:
David Ishii has been a role model for Hawaii’s golfers and an ambassador of Hawaii’s golfing community for over three decades. A native son of Kauai, David became one of Hawaii’s most accomplished champions under the tutelage of Toyo Shirai at the Wailua Municipal Golf Course.
As a junior, he won the Hawaii State High School Championship. As an amateur, he captured both Hawaii major titles, the Manoa Cup and the State Stroke Play Championships. As captain of his University of Houston golf team, David and his teammates won the 1977 NCAA Championship. Individually, he twice won the All-American Intercollegiate Invitational. As a professional he dominated Hawaii golf with over 17 Open titles including the Hawaii State Open three times and the Hawaii Pearl Open six times.
David competed full-time on the Japan PGA Tour, where he won 14 times. In 1987, he became the first foreigner to win the Tour Money Title. At the time of his induction into the Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame, he ranked sixth in Japan Tour career earnings with winnings of over $8 million dollars. Highlighting his career, David won the 1986 Chunichi Crowns title in Japan and the 1990 United Airlines Hawaiian Open (now known as the Sony Open in Hawaii), a PGA Tour event.
In addition to his competitive accomplishments, David has financially supported the Hawaii State High School Golf Championships, now named after him, and has formed the David S. Ishii Foundation, a non profit organization benefitting Hawaii’s junior golfers.
In the opinion of many, David Ishii is the greatest competitive golfer in Hawaii golf history. He is a gentleman of character and unsurpassed accomplishment.