Post Date: Friday, August 30, 2013
|Accomplished Field Set to Tee Off
at the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship
The 2013 Champions Tour’s very best will be in contention at the award-winning Kapolei Golf Club
|HONOLULU (August 29, 2013) – Pacific Links Hawai‘i is pleased to announce that the talented field committed to compete at the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship continues to grow. Seventeen winners of this year’s Champions Tour events, including repeat winners Kenny Perry, Bernhard Langer and David Frost, have officially committed to the $1.8 million full-field Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship at Kapolei Golf Club, this Sept. 16 to 22. Perry, Langer and Frost are currently ranked first, second and third in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. Perry is having an exceptional year that has included back-to-back Champions Tour major wins at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship and U.S. Senior Open.
Additional winners of 2013 Champions Tour events committed to the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship include John Cook; Brad Faxon; Jeff Sluman; Russ Cochran; Mark Wiebe; Craig Stadler; Tom Pernice Jr. alongside Champions Tour rookies John Riegger, Rocco Mediate, Esteban Toledo, and Bart Bryant.
Joining this year’s Champions Tour winners at the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship are World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Isao Aoki, known for his unique but precise putting style, World Golf Hall of Fame inductee and Masters and British Open champion Sandy Lyle and 2013 Champions Tour major winners Mark Wiebe and Kohki Idoki. Eight-time PGA TOUR winner Fred Funk, 13-time PGA TOUR winner Mark Calcavecchia, U.S. Open champion Scott Simpson and Duffy Waldorf, currently 5th in the Schwab Cup standings, will also vie for the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship title, alongside the inaugural Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship defending champion Willie Wood.
The Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation, a non-profit community organization formed to cultivate and sustain programs aiding Hawai'i’s ecosystem, keiki and culture, will receive proceeds from the tournament. In 2012, the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation gifted a total of $100,000 to Hawai‘i non-profits including 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 Play on O‘ahu
Tickets are on sale now for the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship at the award-winning Kapolei Golf Club, Sept. 16 – 22, 2013. Prices range from $10 for a one-day ticket (pre-sale, Wednesday and Thursday only) to $40 for a full Tournament Pass. To purchase tickets, 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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