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Mayors’ Challenge Cup Tournament slated this weekend

WAILUA — The second annual Mayor’s Challenge Cup Tournament starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Wailua Golf Course and ends on Sunday.

The golf event puts the two counties Kaua‘i and Honolulu against each other over 36 holes.

It’s a team competition that’s based on individual stroke play and individual match play, with one team point awarded for each flight on both days of the competition.

Kaua‘i‘s team is comprised of high school students and adults of all ages and skill level, including:

• Junior Division — Cory and Kelli Oride, Kaua‘i High School, among Hawai‘i’s top junior golfers, reigning Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation champions

• Open Division — Jon Berkhard, recently moved to Kaua‘i and aspires to make it to the PGA tour

•Super Senior Division — Art Fujita, Hawai‘i Golf Hall of Fame inductee

The Mayors’ Challenge Cup Tournament was established last August by the late Mayor Bryan Baptiste and Mayor Mufi Hanneman and is sponsored by the Hawai‘i Golf Foundation, an all-volunteer organization.

At last year’s inaugural tournament, Kaua‘i faltered to team Honolulu 3-9.

Fujita is the only returning golfer on Kaua‘i’s team.

The challenge was orginally created to give locals at any level a chance to compete in a team-play championship on a multi-county level.

Other counties have yet to join in the challenge.

For more information, contact Susan Honjiyo or Ed Okamoto at 241-6666.

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