Name: HAJIME "KONG" MESHIAI
Birthdate: March 12, 1954
Birth Place: Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
Age: 55 Ht.: 5'7" Wt.: 180
Home: Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
College: Komazawa University
Turned Professional: 1978
Joined Champions Tour: 2004
Japan PGA Tour Victories: 14 - 1985 KBC Augusta, 1986 Pocari Sweat Open, Acom Doubles, 1987 Hiroshima Open, 1989 Yomiuri Sapporo Beer Open, 1991 Masaki Hirao Pro-am, 1993 Asahi Beer Cup, Token Corporation Cup, Dunlop Open, Lark Cup, 1996 Sapporo Tokyu Open, Suntory Open, 1998 Token Corporation Cup, 1999 Gene Sarazen Jun Classic
Player Notes: A powerful hitter off the tee and is nicknamed "Kong"...Close friend of Jumbo Ozaki, who helped him develop his game as a youth...Shigeo Nagashima, a Japanese baseball legend who played and managed the Tokyo Giants, is his hero...Played competitive baseball until his freshman year in college and then turned to golf...Favorite course is Augusta National and favorite athlete is Michael Jordan. Played on the Japan PGA Tour between 1980 and 2003, with best season 1993 when he won Token Corporation Cup, Dunlop Open and Lark Cup and leaped into first on the money list with •148,718,200. He was invited in 1994 to compete in the major tournaments worldwide. . .In 1987, he finished top-3 on the money list with •49,854,133. He has competed between 1984 and 2004, except for in 1994 on Japan PGA Tour and this year became a member of the Japan Champions Tour. His career earnings are •804,039,337, which places him eighth on the All-Time Money List on Japan Tour. Played 22 events on the Japan Golf Tour in 2003 and finished 63rd on the official money list with $141,885...Best finish on the Japan Golf Tour was a T6 at the Japan Golf Tour Championship. Was also T11 at the Japan Open...As a 49-year-old, advanced to the Champions Tour's National Qualifying Tournament near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., by being the co-medalist, along with Mark Johnson, at the regional qualifier in Calimesa, Calif...Secured a full exemption for the 2004 season upon his 50th birthday on March 12 by vaulting from T7 to solo third on the final day. Birdied five of his last six holes to shoot 66 at the TPC at Eagle Trace, equaling the low round of the event.
2004 Champions Tour Summary: tournaments entered - 14; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 71.93 (ranked 46th); money - $150,863 (ranked 74th); best finish, T-9th FedEx Kinko's Classic. Earned fully exempt status for 2005 after finishing T4 at the 2004 Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament at the King and Bear at World Golf Village.
2005 Champions Tour Summary: tournaments entered - 20; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 71.41 (ranked 36th); money - $311,453 (ranked 50th); best finish, T-8th Constellation Energy Classic. In the same year Meshiai won the season ending tournament on the PGA of Japan Seniors Tour. This was Meshiai's first Seniors Tour victory.
2006 Champions Tour Summary: tournaments entered - 14; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 71.65 (ranked 43rd); money - $339,652 (ranked 50th); best finish, 3rd, Allianz Championship.
With the 50th ranking keeps his Champions Tour card for 2007.
2007 Champions Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 5; top-10 finishes -2; scoring average 70.69 (ranked N/A); money - $135,435 (ranked 82nd); best finish, T-6th Bruno's Memorial Classic. Finished T-2nd in Japan PGA Senior Championship and 4th in Japan Senior Open Golf Championship and ranked 8th on the Japan Senior Tour Order of Merit.
Just played once on the Champions Tour in 2008, T71st in Senior PGA Championship. Meshiai became the Japan Senior Tour money leader in 2008 by earning 46,275,833 yen. He won The 11th Starts Senior Golf Tournament and Sanko Senior Golf Tournament for his first triumph in three years. . .Finished second in PGA Handa Cup Philanthropy Senior Tournament.(lost by playoff) . . .Prior to joining the senior ranks, captured the 1993 Japan PGA money title, and is the first player to earn the Regular and Senior money titles in Japan.