Post Date: Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Paul Goydos Wins First Champions Tour Event at
2014 Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship
Proceeds from the PGA Champions Tour tournament will benefit the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation
HONOLULU (Oct. 3, 2014) – After a week of thrilling play, rookie Paul Goydos birdied his way to the top to take home his first Champions Tour trophy at the 2014 Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship. Goydos finished with a tournament record 54-hole total of 19-under-par 197, a one-stroke victory over competitors Fred Funk and Scott Dunlap. Funk also had fans cheering as he aced the sixteenth hole, a 4-hybrid from 200 yards and a first in the three-year history of the tournament, winning him a free two-year lease on a BMW.
"Pacific Links Hawai‘i congratulates Paul Goydos on his incredible win, and the entire talented field of players for an exceptional tournament,” said Micah Kane, chief operating officer at Pacific Links Hawai‘i. “We would also like to thank our generous sponsors and volunteers who were vital to the success of this year’s tournament.”
Other highlights from the 2014 Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship include Davis Love III’s Champions Tour debut where he shot 69-72-72 and finished T64. Fellow Champions Tour rookies also made a splash at this year’s tournament – Scott Dunlap tied for second place with Fred Funk, Jeff Maggert finished fifth, Wes Short, Jr. finished in the sixth spot, and Doug Garwood tied for seventh place. Jay Haas also tied for seventh at the Pacific Links Hawai’i Championship to earn 64 points and remain third in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.
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. For more information on the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation, visit: www.pacificlinkshawaiifoundation.org.
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 was held at Kapolei Golf Club and featured 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 International, Pacific Links Hawai‘i, Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation:
Monica Salter, Bennet Group Strategic Communications