August 4, 2014
Third Annual Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship Tees Off September 17-21
Proceeds from the PGA Champions Tour Event to Benefit Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation
HONOLULU (August 4, 2014) – Pacific Links Hawai‘i will host some of the world’s top golfers at the third annual Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship from September 17 to 21, 2014. The official PGA Champions Tour event will be held at the award-winning Kapolei Golf Club on O‘ahu, a par-72 championship course owned and operated by Pacific Links Hawai‘i.
This year, a full-field of Champions Tour professionals will compete for a whopping $2.2 million in prize money, with the champion taking home a $330,000 winner’s purse. In addition to ‘13 champion Mark Wiebe, another stellar field is expected for the 2014 event. Last year, the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship welcomed rookies Rocco Mediate and Vijay Singh, World Golf Hall of Famers Fred Couples, Tom Kite, Nick Price, Hale Irwin, Isao Aoki and Sandy Lyle, 2013 Charles Schwab Cup winner Kenny Perry, and current Charles Schwab Cup leaders Bernhard Langer, Jay Haas, Jeff Sluman and David Frost. Notable rookies joining the Champions Tour in 2014 include Davis Love III, Scott Verplank, Lee Janzen, Jeff Maggert, among others.
“Since our first tournament in 2012, the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship has provided both players and golf fans with thrilling play and unforgettable experiences, but its impact off the fairways has been even more significant,” said Micah Kane, chief operating officer of Pacific Links Hawai‘i. “We hope kama‘āina and visitors will join us this year to cheer on the world’s top golfers, while helping the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation fulfill its mission of strengthening the community in which we live and work.”
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 the Leeward Coast.
The Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship has become one of the Tour’s most popular events as players compete for the coveted Charles Schwab Cup. The tournament 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 season-long competition, now in its 14th season, 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 made available to 206 countries and territories and 145 million potential households around the world via the The Golf Channel and the Tour’s international partners in Asia, Europe, Middle East, Latin America and Africa.
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.
For information on the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Foundation, visit: www.pacificlinkshawaiifoundation.org.
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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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