Second Annual Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship to Showcase World’s Top Golfers
All event proceeds benefit the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation
HONOLULU (July 9, 2013) – Pacific Links Hawai‘i is pleased to announce that it will play host to the second annual Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship from September 16 to 22, 2013. The PGA Champions Tour event will take place at the award-winning Kapolei Golf Club on O‘ahu, a par-72 championship course owned and operated by Pacific Links Hawai‘i.
Preparations for the $1.8 million full-field Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship are now in full swing, and set to feature top Champions Tour professionals competing for a $270,000 winner’s purse. In addition to Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship 2012 winner Willie Wood, a world-class field is expected, including 2013 leading money winner Kenny Perry; Hale Irwin, the winningest player in Champions Tour history; popular Tour veterans Bernhard Langer, David Frost, Corey Pavin and Mark O'Meara; World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Tom Kite and Champions Tour rookies Rocco Mediate and Steve Elkington.
“Amidst the week of thrills for tournament players and fans, the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship also serves as a catalyst to further elevate the quality of golf in Hawai‘i and strengthen our local economy,” said Micah Kane, chief operating officer of Pacific Links Hawai‘i. “We invite kama‘aina and visitors alike to join us at Kapolei Golf Club to watch the world’s top golfers, while supporting a wonderful cause.”
All proceeds from this golf tournament will benefit the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation – a newly founded non-profit that helps cultivate and sustain programs aiding Hawai'i’s ecosystem, keiki, and culture. Following the success of last year’s tournament, the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation gifted $100,000 to Hawai‘i non-profits that aided the Leeward Coast; it hopes to make an even greater impact this year.
The winner, and any player finishing in the top 10 at the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship, will also earn valuable Charles Schwab Cup points. The Charles Schwab Cup is the season-long competition, now in its 13th season, and is designed to recognize the Champions Tour’s leading player, rewarding week-in/week-out consistency in all official events. Players receive points for top-10 finishes and ties based on each week’s money distribution, with $1,000 earned being the equivalent of one Charles Schwab Cup point.
Additionally, the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship week will feature signature sponsor events, local promotions and live coverage on The Golf Channel to more than 150 million homes in 83 countries. Spectator passes are $40 (good 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 or to volunteer for the 2013 event visit: www.pacificlinkshawaiichampionship.com. For information on the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation, visit: www.pacificlinkshawaiifoundation.org. For high-resolution photos, please contact Sweetie Nelson at email@example.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.
Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship
Sweetie Nelson, Director of Marketing & Media
Pacific Links International, Pacific Links Hawai‘i, Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation:
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