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Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2010

Couples to make debut as senior

 • PGA opener brings focus back on course
 • New year starts with bang thanks to PGA

2010 WENDY'S CHAMPIONS SKINS GAME

WHO: Teams of Ben Crenshaw-Fuzzy Zoeller, Jack Nicklaus-Tom Watson, Gary Player-Loren Roberts and Fred Couples-Nick Price

WHEN: From 9 a.m. next Saturday (Jan. 16, first nine holes) and Sunday (Jan. 17, last nine holes)

WHERE: Royal Ka'anapali Golf Course, Maui (36-36-72, 7,544 yards)

PURSE: $770,00$30,000 first 6 holes, $40,000 next 6, $50,000 next 5, $100,000 18th. Money carries over if no team wins hole outright

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS: Crenshaw and Zoeller

PRO-AM: 9 a.m., Jan. 15

ADMISSION: Free

PARKING: Free at Whalers Village

INFORMATION: www.kaanapaliresort.com

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Next weekend, as the Sony Open in Hawai'i concludes, the seniors will be playing the 23rd Wendy's Champions Skins Game at the Royal Ka'anapali course on Maui. Fred Couples will make his senior debut in the exhibition, teaming with Nick Price, also in his first senior skins game.

Ben Crenshaw and Fuzzy Zoeller will defend the title they won last year at Ka'anapali. Hall of Fame members Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson will partner for the fifth straight year. Loren Roberts teams with Gary Player.

The format will again be alternate-shot. Golfers play nine holes each day, with ESPN delaying the broadcast until Feb. 27 and 28.

The first six holes are worth $30,000 each, the next six $40,000 each and the next five $50,000 each. The 18th hole is worth $100,000. Money carries over if no team wins the hole outright. Players donate 10 percent of their earnings to charity.

ONLINE

MCLACHLIN OFFERS TWITTER GIVEAWAYS

Parker McLachlin will kick off a series of giveaways via his Twitter page beginning Monday to coincide with the start of his 2010 PGA Tour campaign at the Sony Open.

McLachlin will post a trivia question each Monday at 11 a.m. HST (during weeks he is playing), with the first correct respondent winning the weekly prize. Winners will be limited to one prize throughout the season.

Sign up at www.Twitter.com on McLachlin's site (www.Twitter.com/ParkerMcLachlin), then click "Follow."

NOTES

Emily T Gail Talks Golf & Other Sports can now be heard live on www.espnhawaii.com and on ESPN Radio AM850 Hilo/AM790 Kona, Sunday at 6 p.m. Guests this week include Kelly Fliear, tournament manager of the Mitsubishi Electric at Hualālai, which begins Jan. 22 on the Big Island. Steve Driebe, volunteer chair of the Championship on behalf of the Rotary Club of Kona, will also be a guest. More than $400,000 has been raised as a result of the Rotary Club of Kona volunteer effort.

The deadline to register for the second annual Hawai'I Golf Ho'olaule'a Awards has been extended to tomorrow. Call 593-2230 for more information. The dinner banquet will be Jan. 15 at the Hawai'I Convention Center.