Inside Sports for Wednesday — November 16, 2005

• Wilson benefit was a great idea

Wilson benefit was a great idea

By Duane Shimogawa Jr. – The Garden Island

Whenever you go to a benefit golf tournament on the island, you’ll see the usual suspects in their carts, ready to help out any cause.

Kaua’i County councilman Jimmy Tokioka, Wala’au’s Dickie Chang, M.

Tanaka Store’s Royden Tanaka, Wailua Golf Course’s Glenn Tamagawa, Dustin Gummerus, Jimmy Kawaihalau, Bruce Laymon, King Auto Center’s Jose Aguayo, Par Da Course’s Joey Tavares, Tyler Swails, Bobby Guilroy, Tire Warehouse’s Sharron Weber, and Chad Cannon were just a few of the golfers who took advantage of a beautiful Sunday at the Kiahuna Golf Club to benefit Lisa Wilson.

The Kalaheo resident was the victim of a near fatal accident in Hanalei on June 25.

She was the passenger on a motorcycle when her and her partner Steve Wheeler were rear-ended, run over, and dragged by the helmet under a car. After the incident, she was left with multiple fractures and internal injuries.

Her insurmountable amount of hospital costs have grown to immense proportions, so a fundraiser golf tournament was planned by her many friends.

The total of the event hasn’t been announced just yet, but there were many individuals who came for the after golf festivities, which included music by The Tongue & Groove Band.

Also, many golfers bought mulligans, including Cannon, who only used up one of his shots. There were also many silent auction items for sale.

A big mahalo to the gang at Joe’s On The Green and the Kiahuna Golf Course crew for making the event a spectacular one.

King Auto Center also helped out with the hole-in-one sponsorships, which included a Nike Driver, a 2005 Dodge Neon, and a Las Vegas getaway.

Although no one came away with those prizes, there were a few individuals who slipped their balls near the pins.

Wilson, who got up on stage to say a few words, made sure to make her rounds to thank all the golfers.

It was a win-win situation on Sunday and I was glad to be a part of it.

Not only was it good to see a host of other individuals helping out, but the event was a success from start to finish.

Wilson was definitely moved by the turnout, and everyone had no problem chipping in to her cause.

I met Wilson for the first time on Sunday and I could tell just by talking to her for a few minutes that she wasn’t going to let anything get in her way on the road to recovery.

She mentioned that it’s been tough, but her friends and the people of Kaua’i have helped her get through the unfortunate experience.

Wilson will be fine and she’ll make it, just because of her great attitude and infectious smile.

The amount of support she received at the golf tournament is just a reminder that she’s not alone in her fight for life! . Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or


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