Post Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Davis Love III to Make Champions Tour Debut at 2014 Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship
Love will compete with top Champions Tour golfers and 13 rookies, September 17 through 21
HONOLULU (Sept. 10, 2014) – The Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship is pleased to announce that 20-time PGA TOUR winner and 1997 PGA Champion Davis Love III will make his Champions Tour debut at the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship at Kapolei Golf Club this Sept. 17 to 21. The 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup captain is set take a swing at the competition at the $2.2 million, 54-hole tournament, where he will face off with 13 other Champions Tour rookies including World Golf Hall of Famer Vijay Singh and two-time U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen.
Other Champions Tour rookies confirmed for the third annual Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship include Jeff Maggert, Kevin Sutherland, Joe Durant, Billy Andrade, Paul Goydos, Scott Dunlap, Marco Dawson, Skip Kendall, Jose Coceres, Doug Garwood, and Wes Short, Jr.
“I’m thrilled to be making my Champions Tour debut at the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship,” said Love.
“I couldn’t think of a better place to kick off this next phase of my career than in beautiful Hawai‘i.”
Love’s successful career has included 20 PGA TOUR wins, the most notable of those being the 1997 PGA Championship. Love was ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings for more than 450 weeks, and currently holds the record for the longest officially recorded drive in competition play in the ShotLink era – an impressive 476 yards at the 2004 Mercedes Championships.
Love will compete alongside an accomplished field in his first-ever Champions Tour event. Players confirmed for this year’s tournament include three-time U.S. Open winner Hale Irwin, 19-time PGA TOUR winner Ben Crenshaw, and back-to-back Charles Schwab Cup winner Tom Lehman. Also scheduled to play are Duffy Waldorf, Rocco Mediate, Jay Haas, Corey Pavin, Fred Funk, Jeff Sluman, Mark O’Meara, Mark Calcavecchia, Steve Elkington, Brad Faxon, Nick Price, Hal Sutton, Scott Simpson, Larry Mize, and Mark Brooks.
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.
Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship
Sweetie Nelson, Director of Marketing & Media
Pacific Links International, Pacific Links Hawai‘i, Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation:
Monica Salter, Bennet Group Strategic Communications