Anne Short tournament a can’t miss event

Kauaians are known to come to the aid of the less fortunate and that “aloha spirit” was definitely on display this past week, with the tragedies taking place on the North Shore.

More support is needed, but for Anne Short who has courageously battled cancer for the last two years.

Currently, she’s receiving help from the gracious folks at Kaua‘i Hospice and to give them a pat on the back with some funding and to put a bigger smile on Short’s face, many of her friends are organizing a golf tournament, with all of the proceeds going to support Kaua‘i Hospice.

“Our dear friend has been battling cancer for the last two years. Hospice is now being a wonderful support to her and her family. I don’t know how to help her medically, but I thought of something to lift her spirits. I have asked two friends to help me organize a golf tournament to celebrate my friend’s life and to thank Hospice for all their wonderful work,” event organizers said.

We have a lot of golfers on the island or should I say wannabe athletes who think they can swing away!

But at any rate, golfer or not, the opportunity to help out comes on Sunday, May 21 at the Kiahuna Golf Course.

King Auto Center is offering four major prizes for a hole-in-one. You have a chance on all four par 3’s to get your hands on a big prize.

There are lots of incentives to enter and you could win a new car, a trip to Las Vegas, a Nike driver and a flight on Continental Airlines.

Not to mention, Dr. Rick Goding, an orthopedic surgeon on the Westside, is sponsoring the putting green.

Also, a Kiahuna golf professional will be giving away free putting tips for an hour prior to the 9 a.m. shotgun start.

Andy and Melony Smith and the Kiahuna Mauha Partners are offering golf pro tips on the driving range.

“The community has welcomed our ideas with open arms,” organizers said. Helen Mehl, a popular local artist, has drawn a beautiful logo, entitled the “Circle of Life,” which will be printed on T-shirts and stationary to be sold at the tournament.

Registration is $65, and that includes lunch at Joe’s on the Green.

According to tournament organizers, the format is a no-handicap scramble and they opted to invite everyone to try the game of “Hit the Green.”

For more information and to download a registration form, go to www.kiahunagolf.com or call Sandy Helmer at 742-1875.

Anne Short has definitely been a great fighter of the disease that has killed millions of people worldwide and now it’s time to help out Kaua‘i Hospice, who has helped out Short in so many ways.

Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or kauaisports@kauaipubco.com.

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