CKTV golf tourney next month

PUHI — The 13th annual CKTV Media Productions Golf Tournament fundraiser is set for Oct. 27 at Wailua Golf Course.

The fundraiser is to help students from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School get to a media convention in Seattle in March.

“I teach the digital media program at Chiefess. Back in 2004, we started attending a national student broadcasting convention on the Mainland. … From 2006 until now, we’ve gone back every single year,” said Kevin Matsunaga, teacher and technology coordinator at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School.

“We have to fundraise no matter where it is. It’s usually the East Coast and West Coast, and they flipflop every year. But no matter what, we still have high costs of travel,” he added. “We started the golf tournament 13 years ago to try to help (minimize) the cost to attend.”

Matsunaga said 19 students intend to make the trip, and he estimates about $2,000 per student is needed to cover costs.

In addition to the convention, he intends for the students to also tour college campuses and do some sightseeing in the area.

“It’s so expensive to travel, we don’t want to just go to the convention and come home,” Matsunaga said. “We want to give students an opportunity to see colleges and get them exposed to the idea of what college can look like when it’s four years down the road and they’re ready to graduate.”

Registration will begin 6 a.m. and tournament play will start 7 a.m. Tournament format is a three-person modified scramble.

Entry fee is $300 per three-person team. Fee covers green fees, cart rental, coffee service and pastries before tee off and a luncheon to follow. Mulligans are $5 each with a maximum of two per person.

Make checks payable to CKMS (Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School). Mail to Mr. Kevin Matsunaga, Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, 4431 Nuhou St., Lihue, HI 96766.

Registration forms and payments may also be dropped off at the Wailua Golf Course Starter Office.

Matsunaga said he’s also looking for tournament sponsors and prize donors.

“Our students go out into the community, and they gather tee sponsors,” he said. “Business can support a student through these tee sponsors. That directly helps the student, and it also helps pay for chaperons that have to go as well.”

Info: Matsunaga, 645-0019, www.cktv-mediaproductions.com

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Nick Celario, sports writer, can be reached at 245-0437 or ncelario@thegardenisland.com.

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