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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, January 1, 2010

S. Korea's SBS sponsors Kapalua tourney

By Jeff Chung

Sehe bok manhi baduseyo!

That means good fortune and luck in the new year, and it's something you should be saying if you run into a Korean person the next few days.

Next week is the inaugural year for the SBS Championship at Kapalua. The PGA tournament was formerly the Mercedes Championship, at Kapalua Resort since 1999. This tournament is the official season-opening PGA tournament for 2010.

SBS is one of South Korea's largest networks and a media conglomerate that has been sponsoring tournaments in Hawai'i with PGA and LPGA. SBS is known for diverse programming and, specifically, dramas for Hawai'i's hallyu fans. Hawai'i station KBFD is the local partner of SBS.

SBS also operates a golf channel in South Korea and has broadcasting rights for PGA tournaments until 2019.

Through the sponsorship of SBS, many local charities have benefitted.

The coverage of tropical Hawai'i weather during winter months in Asia through broadcasting of golf tournaments has tremendous marketing value to the state, as well.

Chairman Yoon Se-young and other executives are expected to arrive shortly for the tournament. Many of the SBS team are already here, planning with the Ritz Carlton Kapalua and others to prepare for a smooth transition.

Previous year's winners of PGA tournaments will be invited to play at the Plantation Course on Maui. The tournament starts with an amateur golf tournament on Sunday and Monday, then a Pro Am Draw Party on Monday night, followed by a Pro Am tournament on Wednesday. Then the professional tournament starts, with the first round on Thursday and ending on Sunday.

Geoff Ogilvy was the winner of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz Championship. About 34 players will be competing for a share of $5.6 million.



Tonight at 7:45 p.m.: Minjun tells Junggyung to break up with him first if she's considering Hyunsu. Junggil makes a fuss at the police station, telling anyone who'll listen to him that Manbok is the real thief. Manbok offers to set Junggil free if he promises to become a new man.

Tomorrow at 7:45 p.m.: Junggyung tells Hyunsu that she and her family will move out of Hyunsu's house. Jungin refuses to move out, saying she has her own room now. Sungjun makes a wild guess about Jisu's past. Manbok takes Junggil to work at a construction site.



Sunday at 6:45 p.m.: Eun-nim starts working at Baek-san Group. So does Gang-ho. But they keep having twisted encounters. Especially at their off-site training. Nan-jeong is still trying to win over Gang-ho. Chul is fast becoming the best delivery boy in his neighborhood, much to his mother's distress.

Sunday at 7:45 p.m.: Gang-ho keeps fumbling in front of Eun-nim. Nan-Jeong ruins Gang-ho's arranged date, angering his grandmother. She also keeps bumping into Chul. Yeon-hee thinks she might be pregnant. Sun-young finds two necklaces in Se-hoon's drawer. Gang-ho finally finds Eun-nim's wallet.



Monday at 7:45 p.m.: Kyung-hee is shocked when she finds out Aran is an orphan. Aran's uncle and aunt find it strange when they see Aran and Shin Woo-sub together. To get Joo-seung away from her, Aran tells him to seduce Jae-hee. Joo-seung lures Jae-hee to his condo and drugs her to taunt Jae-sung. Tuesday at 7:45 p.m.: Joo-seung gets a bad feeling when he hears that a young man brought Kyung-hee to the emergency room, calling her "mom." Joo-seung traces a phone Jae-sung used in the emergency room to Jae-hee, and questions her about Hyun-woo.



Wednesday at 7:45 p.m.: Minam's hairpin from Taekyung drops to the ground when Shinwoo carries Minam out. Taekyung sees the broken pin on the ground. Jeremy finds out that Minam is a girl. Taekyung, Shinwoo and Jeremy decide to continue to hide the fact that Minam is a girl. They also find out that Taekyung has been pretending to date Youie to protect Minam.

Thursday at 7:45 p.m.: Taekyung is shocked when he hears from Hwaran that she could've become the mother of Jaehyun's kids if he hadn't passed away early. A.N.JELL and Youie get together for a photo shoot, and Youie hears from the stylist that Minam is interested in Shinwoo.