Aloha Golf Classic coming up
By Brett Maluwelmeng • Pacific Daily News • August 22, 2008
Local golfers interested in one of the island's biggest golf tournaments might want to check out the 15th Annual Aloha Golf Classic on Aug. 30 and 31. The Hui Aikane Golf Club will hold it at the Starts Guam Golf Resort.
More than 100 golfers are expected to turn out for this year's tournament, with a $10,000 ball drop highlighting the event before Sunday's tee-off.
Three thousand numbered golf balls will be released from a helicopter onto the practice green, and the owner of the raffle ticket with the same number as the ball that falls in the hole will win the prize, club president Tim Lujan said.
"We're also donating 100 percent of the hole sponsorship to the Guam Shriners Club; ... it's the first time we've done this," Lujan said.
Golfers are encouraged to register today as the fee for the two-day tournament is still $160. The fee will be $165 beginning Aug. 23 until the tournament starts. Golfers interested in registering may call Lujan at 688-8465.
Like last year, the classic will have six flights: Championship, A, B, C, seniors and ladies, with the latter two divided into the gross and net categories. The other flights will follow the medal play, or stroke play, format.
Lujan said a percentage of the proceeds from the event would again go to the Shriners, who have benefited to the tune of about $75,000 over the years from the golf club, whose name is Hawaiian for "gathering of friends."
"Basically we donate to them because of our relationship with them," Lujan said. "We've been approached by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Red Cross before, but we felt the best option was to donate to the Shriners. I mean, how often do you see people donating to them?" he said, adding that he doesn't anticipate parting from the organization they've supported since inception.