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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 16, 2002

Charities to get money raised by tournaments

Advertiser Staff

Friends of Hawai'i Charities (FOHC) and its partner, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Inc., will present $40,000 grants to Hawai'i charity and non-profit groups June 5 at Turtle Bay Resort.

The money was generated at last fall's inaugural Turtle Bay Championship.

The 2002 Turtle Bay Championship will be Oct. 4-6 at the Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort.

Hale Irwin, who won the inaugural championship last year, has finished in the top six in his past nine official Senior PGA Tour events.

Irwin, who represents Kapalua, became the first senior player to reach $15 million in earnings with last week's $96,000 third-place check. He leads the tour in scrambling, getting up and down for par nearly 75 percent of the time.

FOHC and the Weinberg Foundation will distribute grants to 91 Hawai'i charities at the end of this month with money generated by the 2002 Sony Open in Hawai'i.

In its first four years, the Sony Open has raised approximately $2 million for local organizations.

Ko'olau update: Ko'olau Golf Club, "The Nation's Toughest Course," will try to simplify things Saturday with its fourth annual Women in Golf Day, sponsored by American Golf.

Along with a three-hour clinic, green and cart fee for participants will be $30 and everything in the Pro Shop will be discounted 30 percent. More than 250 American Golf courses participate in the event, designed to introduce women to golf in a "fun, non-intimidating environment." Participants also can help raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

The clinic runs from 9 a.m.-noon, with free instruction, demonstrations and other activities. Call the Pro Shop at 236-4653 ext. 1 to sign up. The event is free and open to females 14 and older.

Seniors at nationals: Lily Yao, the 1999 Hawai'i State Senior Champion, and Bev Kim, the State Match Play Champion in 1971, '72 and '96, finished fifth in the first flight at the 11th annual Trans National Senior Four-Ball Championship.Ê

Yao and Kim shot 235 at The Orange Tree Golf Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. The field of 51 teams was split into six flights after the final day. California's Lucy Stack and Lynne Jones won the overall title and championship flight at 213.

Hawai'i's Ann Wills and Catalina Sun took second in the second flight with 239.