A Long Day For Charity

HANALEI – Call it a little taste of what life might be like if golf was a

full-time job.

For the 24 participants in the Kaua’i Jr. Golf fund-raiser,

99 holes plus 1, Tuesday at the Princeville Golf Club, the goal was to stay

focused.

How else could 100 holes be played in 11 hours.

In an effort

to raise money for the island’s young golfing contingent, fund-raiser

participants, along with 20 volunteers, rose at dawn. They teed off at 6:30

a.m., charged with finishing 100 holes of golf.

“All of the people out here

were asked to bring, through fund-raising, $500,” said Event Chairman Art

Fujita. “Of course if people were able to bring more, great. If they brought

less, that was okay, too.”

The total goal: $25,000.

“I am pretty sure

we’re going to get that,” Fujita said. “Last year we had just 12 golfers and we

managed to reach our goal of $20,000.”

In an effort to draw a more

substantial crowd, and to add a recognized face to the card, Fujita procured

the golf game of Channel 9 sport reporter Dave Vinton. Though he downplayed his

golf game, Vinton admitted the sport was only secondary.

“If there are

things I can come out here and do to help Kaua’i’s kids,” Vinton said, “I’m all

for it.

“What’s more, this island is notorious for putting out good

players, so I definitely wanted to be part of this.”

Vinton said that while

some would say “it’s part of the job to do these kind of events,” he would

happily participate anyway.

“I might be out here for entertainment value,”

Vinton said. “But the people are great, and I’m golfing instead of sitting in

the office.

“You can’t beat that.”

Just as it would be hard to beat the

kind of boost this fund-raiser gives the Kaua’i Jr. Golf program. The junior

golfers, according to Fujita, number in excess of 200.

“We have sent more

than one quality golfer from this program to bigger events,” Fujita said.

“We’ve had kids go to national tournaments, and amateur public links

championships.”

Not that Tuesday’s event participants played aimless golf.

The 24 were divided into teams of three for the best-ball tournament. And,

though undisclosed, prizes were awarded for the top finishers.

“Those

prizes really aren’t important,” Fujita said. “The prize for these guys is to

come out here and play for a good cause.”

As for how his body might respond

to such a lengthy day of golf, Vinton was noncommittal.

“What are we at,

hole number 50?” he asked.

When the respondent answered, “not quite,”

Vinton sighed and winced a little.

“Ask me how I feel after 50 more of

these. Whew.”

Those who participated include, in the first pairing: Art

Fujita, Dave Vinton and Michael Torres. The second pairing consisted of

Creighton Fusii, June Takekawa and Sam Arashiro. The third group: Bruce Laymon,

Eric Yama and Freddie Levinthal. The fourth pairing included Glen Tamagawa,

Peter Yukimura and Bob Ahana. Group five consisted of Sam Pratt, Bob Sasoki and

Russell Shimazu. The sixth group included Dave Hamamuro, Nolan Ahn and Wade

Lord. The seventh pairing included Winston Ogata, Gaylord Fukumoto and Tom

Shigemoto. The final group of three consisted of Jason Napolean, Dennis

Nakahura and Tony Ricci.

Photos by Dennis Fujimoto, Staff

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