Post Date: Friday, August 16, 2013
World-Class Professionals to Converge on O‘ahu for Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship
World Golf Hall of Famer Nick Price and Masters Champion Larry Mize Headline the Talented Field to Compete at Kapolei Golf Club
HONOLULU (August 15, 2013) – Pacific Links Hawai‘i is pleased to announce that Hall of Famer Nick Price and Masters Champion Larry Mize have officially committed to lead the talented field of golfers competing at the $1.8 million full-field, Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship at Kapolei Golf Club, this Sept. 16 to 22.
Mize, winner of four PGA Tour events, is renowned for one of golf’s most dramatic hole-outs – the sudden death chip that won him the green jacket at the 1987 Masters. In 2013, Mize has cracked the top ten at the Allianz Championship and at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf. He shot 65 in the final round to tie for 6th at the inaugural Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship in 2012.
Price, a two-time PGA Tour Champion and PGA Player of the Year, has won 18 PGA Tour events and 25 international events. In 2009, he won his first Champions Tour event at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. Raised in Zimbabwe, Price is the Captain of the 2013 Presidents Cup International Team.
Mize and Price join a world-class field of Champions Tour professionals competing for the $270,000 winner’s purse. Expected contenders include defending champion Willie Wood; 2013 Champions Tour money leaders Kenny Perry, Bernhard Langer, and David Frost; the winningest player in the Champions Tour history, Hale Irwin; 16-time PGA Tour winner Mark O'Meara; former U.S. Open Champion Corey Pavin; ten-time Champions Tour winner and World Golf Hall of fame inductee Tom Kite; and Champions Tour rookies Rocco Mediate and Steve Elkington.
Proceeds from the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship benefit the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation, a non-profit formed to cultivate and sustain programs aiding Hawai'i’s ecosystem, keiki and culture. In 2012, the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation gifted a total of $100,000 to Hawai‘i non-profits Ka’ala Farm, Kapolei Community Development Fund, Malama Learning Center, University of Hawai‘i West Oahu and Kupu. For information on the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation, visit: www.pacificlinkshawaiifoundation.org.
Tickets Available Now to See Golf’s Champions in Full Swing on Oahu
Tickets are on sale now for the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship at the award-winning Kapolei Golf Club, Sept. 16 – 22, 2013. Prices range from $10 for a day ticket (pre-sale, Wednesday and Thursday only) to $40 for a Tournament Pass. To purchase tickets, swing by Kapolei Golf Club or contact the Tournament Office at (808) 738-9200. For more information or to volunteer for the 2013 event, visit: www.pacificlinkshawaiichampionship.com.
About the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship
The Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship is an official Champions Tour event. The $1.8 million full-field championship will be held at Kapolei Golf Club and will feature top Champions Tour players competing for a $270,000 winner’s purse. Proceeds from the event will go to the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation to benefit local non-profits that fit three criteria: perpetuate Hawaiian culture, heal the ‘aina and provide a better future for keiki. This foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of Pacific Links Hawai‘i, a golf course investment company that seeks to elevate the quality of golf in Hawai‘i and enhance the quality of life for kama‘aina.
About The Champions Tour
Collectively, the Champions Tour has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game with many of its 32 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame competing regularly in its events and numerous other major championship winners among its members. The Champions Tour is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. Points earned in 26 official Charles Schwab Cup events in 2013 will determine the Charles Schwab Cup champion, the season-long competition designed to recognize the Champions Tour’s leading player. The Champions Tour's primary purpose is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2012, tournaments on all five Tours (PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, www.Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, PGA TOUR Canada) generated more than $130 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.85 billion. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Mike Stevens is President of the Champions Tour. The PGA TOUR’s website is www.pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Follow the Champions Tour at www.Facebook.com/ChampionsTour and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.
About Kapolei Golf Club
As Kapolei continues to expand and take shape as O‘ahu’s “Second City,” the Kapolei Golf Club has similarly added features like the newly expanded clubhouse. Designed by architect Ted Robinson, the par-72, 190-acre Kapolei Golf Club is known for its strategic holes; 80 bunkers and five lakes provide delightful, tactical challenges. Kapolei Golf Club was the home of the 1996-2001 LPGA Ladies Hawaiian Open and was rated as one of the best courses on O‘ahu by both Golf Digest Magazine and the Zagat Survey.
About Pacific Links International
Pacific Links International is a Canadian-owned golf corporation pursuing a strategy of acquiring signature properties in select world markets. Founded in 2009 and led by experienced industry executives the company is focused on implementing a plan whose main feature is reciprocal access to multiple clubs around the world that have strong design and deliver a memorable golf experience. Pacific Links International currently owns or operates ten courses in Hawai‘i, Nevada, California and West Virginia in the United States, and in China.
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