Teeing off for scholarships

LIHUE — The subject is serious, so we try to make the event fun, said Vianne Tabata, chair of the Kauai Chamber of Commerce 12th annual Scholarship Golf Tournament.

“You could make a down payment on a house for the cost of sending a child to college,” Tabata said. “The cost of sending a child to college has a great impact on families, and the Kauai Chamber of Commerce would like to do more to lessen the impact.”

Proceeds from the Chamber Scholarship Golf Tournament go toward scholarships for graduating high school seniors as well as a Kauai Community College student.

“We at the Kauai Chamber wish we could do more,” Tabata, who also serves on the Chamber’s Scholarship Committee, said. “We could use more golfers and sponsors.”

The golf tournament with Kukuiula as the premiere sponsor will be May 23 at the Poipu Bay Golf Course. Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m.

Registration, either individual or corporate, include one free mulligan as well as green fees, golf cart, and entry into the Closest to Hole contest.

“There will be a $25,000 premium for a hole-in-one at one of the Par 3 holes,” Tabata said.

Courtyard by Marriott at Coconut Beach will be providing coffee and a light breakfast, Kona Red has donated product which will be handed out, poke will be handed out, and Sandi Kato-Klutke has been recruited by DOW Agrosciences to make musubi at one of the Par 3 holes Tabata said.

“In addition to golfers and sponsors, we could use volunteers,” Tabata said. “We have enough stuff going on that there is enough things for people to help with if they want to come down. This is not whether you win, or lose — it’s about having fun.”

Cost is $125 per player or $480 for a corporate team. Info: 245-7363 or email at info@kauaichamber.org

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