Post Date: Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Top Champions Tour Golfers Sign On for 2014 Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship
Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin, and defending champion Mark Wiebe among accomplished field
HONOLULU (Sept. 4, 2014) – With less than two weeks before the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship tees off at Kapolei Golf Club, Pacific Links Hawai‘i is pleased to announce the growing list of golfers who have officially committed to the $2.2 million, 54-hole Champions Tour tournament set for Sept. 15 to 21. Tom Lehman, currently ranked tenth in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, joins the field fresh off his win at the Encompass Championship in June, in addition to six top ten Champions Tour finishes this year. Mark Wiebe and Corey Pavin, who battled it out in the playoffs at last year’s 2013 Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship will both return this year.
"Winning at the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship in Hawai‘i last year was one of the highlights of my Champions Tour career,” said Wiebe. “I can’t wait to join the talented field of players already committed to this year’s tournament.”
Other accomplished players committed to the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship include World Golf Hall of Fame inductees Vijay Singh and Hale Irwin, eight-time PGA TOUR winner Fred Funk, 13-time PGA TOUR winner Mark Calcavecchia, and U.S. Open champion Scott Simpson. Jeff Sluman and Gene Sauers, currently ranked fifth and sixth in the Charles Scwab Cup standings, will also vie for the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship title, alongside 9-time PGA TOUR winner and 11-time Champions Tour winner John Cook, Masters champion and 16-time career PGA TOUR winner Mark O’Meara, and the inaugural Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship winner Willie Wood.
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.
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