September 13, 2013
Fred Couples Joins World-Class Field at the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship
2013 World Golf Hall of Fame Inductee Couples swings into Kapolei Golf Club, September 16 through 22
HONOLULU (Septmeber 13, 2013) – Pacific Links Hawai‘i is pleased to welcome Fred Couples to the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship at the award-winning Kapolei Golf Club. The 2013 World Golf Hall of Fame Inductee’s entry into the $1.8 million full-field Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship further escalates the highly competitive field set to tee off Sept. 16.
Couples has posted eight wins since joining the Champions Tour in 2010, when he was named Champions Tour Rookie of the Year. Known for the long drives that earned him the nickname “Boom Boom,” Couples has finished as a runner-up in four Champions Tour events this year. On Sept. 16, he will join 80 professionals, including 15 winners of 2013 Champions Tour events, driving for the title.
“I'm ecstatic to join the talented field of players already committed to the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship,” said Couples. “Hawai‘i’s warm and welcoming culture, as well as its natural beauty, make it the perfect place to compete.”
The consistently strong 1992 Masters Champion placed 13th at Augusta National in 2013 and has won 15 PGA TOUR events in his 30-year career.
“A key goal of the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship is to serve as a catalyst to further elevate the quality of golf in Hawai‘i,” said Bruce Simmonds, Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Links International. “The commitment of world-renowned golfer Fred Couples to the tournament is thrilling for both kama‘aina and fans all over the world.”
Couples commitment further boosts a deeply talented field at the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship, including recently added Champions Tour rookie Vijay Singh, winner of 34 career PGA TOUR events; Masters champion and 16-time career PGA TOUR winner Mark O’Meara; top three Charles Schwab Cup ranked golfers Kenny Perry, Bernhard Langer and David Frost; fellow World Golf Hall of Fame inductees Isao Aoki, Sandy Lyle, Tom Kite, Nick Price and Hale Irwin; and 2013 Champions Tour major winners Mark Wiebe and Kohki Idoki . The 2012 Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship defending champion Willie Wood has committed to return, as have eight-time PGA TOUR winner Fred Funk; 13-time PGA TOUR winner Mark Calcavecchia; U.S. Open champion Scott Simpson and 2013 Champions Tour event winners John Cook, Brad Faxon, Jeff Sluman, Russ Cochran,
Craig Stadler, Tom Pernice Jr., John Riegger, Rocco Mediate, Esteban Toledo and Bart Bryant.
All proceeds from the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship benefit the local community through the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating and sustaining programs that support Hawai'i’s ecosystem, keiki and culture. Proceeds from the inaugural Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship in 2012 allowed the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation to gift a total of $100,000 to Hawai‘i non-profits on the Leeward Coast of O‘ahu. For information on the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation, visit: www.pacificlinkshawaiifoundation.org.
Tickets Available Now to Catch Couples at Kapolei Golf Club
Tickets are on sale now for the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship at Kapolei Golf Club, Sept. 16 – 22, 2013. Prices range from $10 for a one-day pass (pre-sale, Wednesday and Thursday only) to $40 for a complete Tournament Pass. To purchase tickets, go online at: www.pacificlinkshawaiichampionship.com, contact the Tournament Office at (808) 738-9200 or visit any of the following locations: Kapolei Golf Club, Royal Hawaiian Golf Club, Olomana Golf Links, Makaha Valley Country Club, Roger Dunn Kapolei and Pro Am Golf. Tickets are also available for purchase at the gate during the Championship.
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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