Tuesday, January 23, 2001
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Posted on: Tuesday, January 23, 2001

Senior Skins Game goes Island-hopping

Advertiser Staff

Senior Skins, as much a Super Bowl weekend tradition as overblown commercials, will debut on Maui this weekend. The 2001 Senior Skins Game will be played Saturday and Sunday at Wailea’s Gold Course, after 11 years at Mauna Lani on the Big Island.

Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Hale Irwin will golf for $600,000. They have combined to win nearly $37 million and 239 tournaments in their careers.

The first nine holes will be played Saturday, starting at 8 a.m., and the second nine Sunday, starting at 7:15 a.m. — 45 minutes earlier than previously announced. Friday’s Pro-Am starts at 9:30 a.m.

The first six holes are worth $20,000 and the next six $30,000. The 13th-17th are worth $40,000 apiece and No. 18 is worth a minimum of $100,000. A golfer has to win the hole outright to collect; ties push the money over to the next hole.

Player is the defending champion. He won $220,000 last year — $10,000 more than Tom Watson. Player won it all on the first playoff hole, collecting four Skins with his fourth consecutive birdie. Those were his first Skins in 60 holes, over the course of 11 years.

Irwin won in his last appearance, in 1999. Raymond Floyd won the previous four Senior Skins Games.

SHORT PUTTS: Public parking opens at 6 a.m. each day. There is a $3 charge per vehicle, with proceeds going to the Maui County Boy Scouts and Maui Junior Golf. ... Event parking will begin at Lot A, at the end of Kaukahi Street, near Diamond Resort. When it fills, Lot B — the grass lot off Wailea Ike Drive — will be used. A complimentary shuttle will take spectators to the Wailea Gold Clubhouse. ... Tickets are on sale at the Wailea pro shops, Wailea Tennis Club, Wailea Resort properties, Maui’s Sports Authority, Wolf Camera at Azeka I, Pukalani Country Club, Kihei Discount Golf and Sir Wilfred’s at Lahaina Cannery. ... During the event, tickets will be sold at the public parking lot (cash only) and the Gold Clubhouse lobby (cash or credit card). ... Betsill Brothers Construction, Inc. is sponsoring a hole-in-one contest in conjunction with Skins. It will benefit Kihei Little League, Maui District High School Rodeo Association and Maui Junior Golf. Twelve finalists have advanced to Sunday’s shootout, which will begin after the conclusion of Skins play. Each will receive one shot, from 150 yards. A hole-in-one will win a new house.

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