Post Date: Tuesday, September 02, 2014
World Golf Hall of Famer Vijay Singh Joins the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship Field
The talented field includes O’Meara, Cook, Calcavecchia, Irwin and defending champion Wiebe who will hit the green at Kapolei Golf Club Sept. 15 through 21
HONOLULU (August 22, 2014) – Pacific Links Hawai‘i is pleased to welcome golf legend Vijay Singh to the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship at the award-winning Kapolei Golf Club, Sept. 15 to 21. The three-time major winner’s entry into the $2.2 million, 54-hole Champions Tour tournament raises the bar for the highly competitive field. The tournament will mark the “Big Fijian’s” second time teeing off at the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship and fourth Champions Tour event overall.
Singh has played in 23 PGA TOUR events this year, with a best finish at the Frys.com Open where he came in second place.
"I am pleased to be returning to the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship on O‘ahu again this year," said Singh.
A true champion, Singh’s remarkable 22-year professional career has included 58 tournament wins and 34 PGA TOUR wins – the most notable of those being the 2000 Masters and the 1998 and 2004 PGA Championship. Singh was ranked the number one golfer in the world for 32 weeks in 2004 and 2005. At the age of 51, Fiji’s most recognizable golfer currently holds the title for the most wins after the age of 40.
Singh’s commitment turns up the competition at the third annual Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship, which boasts talented field including fellow World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Hale Irwin, 9-time PGA TOUR winner and 11-time Champions Tour winner John Cook, and Masters champion and 16-time career PGA TOUR winner Mark O’Meara. Singh will also face 13-time PGA TOUR winner Mark Calcavecchia, as well as the 2013 Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship defending champion Mark Wiebe.
Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship week will feature signature sponsor events, local promotions and live coverage on The Golf Channel to more than 145 million homes in 205 countries and territories.
All proceeds from the 2014 Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship will benefit the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation – a non-profit organization that helps cultivate and sustain programs aiding Hawai'i’s ecosystem, keiki, and culture. With the success of last year’s tournament, the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation gifted $200,000, with more than $100,000 provided to support watershed restoration and natural resource preservation initiatives on Hawai‘i’s Leeward Coast. For information on the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation, visit: www.pacificlinkshawaiifoundation.org.
Tickets Available Now
Tickets are on sale now for the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship at the award-winning Kapolei Golf Club, Sept. 15 to 21, 2014. Tournament passes are $40 (valid Wednesday through Sunday); daily tickets are $15 (pre-sale) and $10 (Wednesday and Thursday) and $20 (Friday through Sunday) at the gate. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, to volunteer or to purchase tickets for the 2014 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 $2.2 million full-field championship will be held at Kapolei Golf Club and will feature top Champions Tour players competing for a $330,000 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 ‘āina 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. In 2013, tournaments on all five Tours (PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, PGA TOUR Canada) generated more than $130 million for local charitable organizations. In 2014, the TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions will surpass $2 billion. (www.pgatour.com)
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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Sweetie Nelson, Director of Marketing & Media
Pacific Links International, Pacific Links Hawai‘i, Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation:
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