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May 2016
Keeping Tabs on Hawaii’s TOUR players
Hyundai Tournament of Champions

The PGA TOUR returned to Kapalua’s Plantation Course on January 7-10, 2016 with one of their premier events, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Jordan Spieth dominated the field in winning the title, finishing with an eight shot lead at 30-under-par with rounds of 66, 64, 65 and 67. Patrick Reed finished second at 22-under-par. Spieth earned $1,180,000 for the win.

Tony Finau, who has family ties on Oahu’s North Shore and has represented the Turtle Bay Resort on TOUR for several years, recently won his first PGA Tour event. Finau won the Puerto Rico Open by finishing with a 12-under-par score of 276, and by making birdie on the 18th hole three straight times in a playoff to defeat Steve Marino. The long-hitting Finau, 26, earned $540,000.
Honolulu’s Stephanie Kono, who earned conditional status on the LPGA Tour for this year via the Qualifying tournament, shot a final round 7-under-par 65 at the 2016 LPGA LOTTE Championship to finish the tournament tied for 33rd at 4-under 284. She earned $11,465 for what would be her best LPGA performance to date.

Michelle Wie missed the cut at Ko Olina, her home course — as she continues to search for the form that led to her 2014 U.S. Open victory and best season.
Sony Open in Hawaii

On January 17th, Fabian Gomez fired a final round 62 and beat Brandt Snedeker in a playoff to capture the 2016 Sony Open in Hawaii title. Gomez, 37, of Argentina, earned $1,044,000 and became the first international player to win the event since K.J. Choi won in 2008. Both Gomez and Snedecker had finished regulation play at 20-under-par. Runner-up Snedecker and Zac Blair (19-under-par) finished second and third, respectively. Local golf professional, Nick Mason, finished at 9-under-par, earning $18,662.
Parker McLachlin Wins 2016 Mid-Pacific Open

Parker McLachlin, a former Punahou and UCLA graduate, recently won the 2016 Mid-Pacific Open in dominant fashion, finishing with an 11-under score of 277, seven shots ahead of his nearest competitor, Nick Mason. Parker, a winner on the PGA Tour back in 2008, earned $14,000 for the victory.

The First Tee of Hawaii
— Taking Life-skills to the Course
Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai

The Champions Tour kicked off its 2016 season at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship hosted at the Big Island's spectacular Hualalai Golf Club, January 21-23.

Duffy Waldorf made a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole to defeat Tom Lehman by one stroke. Waldorf, 53, finished with an 18-under-par 198, having played all 54 holes without a bogey. His victory was worth $300,000. Tom Lehman and Davis Love III finished second and third, respectively.
The First Tee of Hawaii is a life-skill focused youth development program that uses golf to provide educational activities that build character, instill-life enhancing values, and promote healthy choices.

The First Tee of Hawaii is excited to now offer free monthly golf tournaments for all registered participants. In 2016 First Tee of Hawaii students are invited to participate in Play Golf Days on the first Saturday of every month. Depending on age and skill level, players from all over Oahu complete 3, 6, or 9 holes at Bayview GC or Hawaii CC. Players are mentored to apply their life-skills and golf knowledge to the course with the help of parents and First Tee of Hawaii coaches. Target life skills include welcoming and showing respect to fellow players, themselves, and the golf course, as well as being confident and staying positive. Parents and coaches are excited to see players grasp golf concepts, such as pace of play and using their judgment to select the correct clubs.

In addition to our weekly classes and summer programs all over the state of Hawaii, The First Tee of Hawaii is excited to provide Play Golf Days to get more junior golfers on the golf course.

Please visit our website at for more information on our weekly classes and upcoming summer camps.
LPGA LOTTE Championship

The 2016 LPGA LOTTE Championship was held April 13-16 at the Ko Olina Resort, featuring the world’s best women golfers.

Australia's Minjee Lee overcame a five-shot deficit in the final round to win the 2016 LPGA's LOTTE Championship.

The 19-year-old played the last eight holes in six under par, chipping in for an eagle at the 13th on the way to a bogey-free, eight under par 64.

Lee's 16-under-par total was one better than South Korea's In-Gee Chun and American Katie Burnett, who had led overnight in Hawaii.

Spring/Summer 2016 editions of the Hawaii Golf Guide are currently available for FREE at airports, hotels and golf courses throughout the islands.
Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame Inducts Henry Yogi

Maui’s Henry Yogi, a renowned golf instructor and Hawaii’s longest serving PGA member, will be inducted into Aloha Section PGA’s Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame at the 8th annual Hoolaulea Awards banquet. The banquet was held on Saturday, February 20th, at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.

Yogi, who recently celebrated his 50th year as a PGA member, was honored for his service to golf.

“I had no idea this would happen to me,” said Yogi, now 82. “I was in shock when they told me. This is such a great honor. I am so very grateful.”

Born in 1933 in Kailua, Oahu, Yogi’s life in golf began at the age of 13 when he started caddying at the Mid-Pacific Country Club in Lanikai, where he learned the game from then pro Alex Beckley and future Hawaii Hall of Fame golfer Jimmy Ukauka.

In 1961, after serving in the Army, a doctor and member at Maui Country Club talked him into moving to Maui to take the head professional job at the 9-hole Maui Country Club.

Two years later, Maui mayor Eddie Tam invited Yogi for breakfast and asked him if he would take over as pro at the Waiehu Municipal Course outside Kahului. Yogi agreed and ended up staying for 23 years before joining the pro staff at the Makena Resort in 1986.

Nine years later, in 1995, he returned to Waiehu, staying for another seven years before joining the teaching academy at The Dunes at Maui Lani in 2002. He has been there ever since.

Yogi is best known as a teacher. During his long tenure at Waiehu Municipal, he taught thousands of youngsters the fundamentals of the game, conducting a popular and well-attended junior program every summer. Many of his students have gone on to become top amateur and professional golfers in Hawaii, including Keith Kodani, Tony Takitani, Blake Higashi, Craig and Brian Sasada, Mark Seki and Eric Miyajima.

“The kids, you work with them, and it’s like you are the painter and they are the canvas,” Yogi once said. “They suck in what you teach them and give you 200% back. I just love that.”

According to Maui golf writer John Byrne, “Teaching is buried deep in the roots of Henry Yogi. Few professionals or even professors have given so much to students and done so over such an extended period of time. He is respected, perhaps revered, by those who have grown up learning golf…The number of these students is large and their gratitude even larger.”

In 2007, a core group of those students hosted a “Mahalo” golf tournament to honor Yogi—“Maui’s Grand Old Man of Golf.” It attracted so many students from across the state that all 180 spots were filled, and many had to be turned away.

Yogi is no slouch as a player. He twice qualified for a Champions Tour event at Kaanapali in the late 1980s. His last official tournament was the 2010 Maui Open where, at the age of 77, he scored a hole-in-one on the 17th hole at The Dunes.

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