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November 2, 2011

Hyundai Tournament of Champions announces Golf for Maui Charities


New program allows local charities to promote ticket sales with 100% proceeds staying with charity

Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii (November 2, 2011) –On the heels of the tournament’s recent announcement regarding their 2012 direct charity beneficiaries, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions announced the launch of a new program, Golf for Maui Charities giving 501c3 organizations the opportunity to promote the sale of tickets to this year’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions with 100 percent of the net proceeds from the sale of the ticket going back to their charity. The Hyundai Tournament of Champions marks the start of the 2012 PGA TOUR season, January 5-9 at The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort.

The Golf for Maui Charities program was announced on October 27 at a charity reception at Café O’Lei at The Dunes at Maui Lani, attended by representatives from more than 30 Maui charities. This is the first year of the program.

“Maui is extremely proud to be hosting the Hyundai Tournament of Champions again in January.  Our Maui County Office of Economic Development realizes that events such as this one continue to put Maui on the map as not only a world class destination, but a world class place to hold athletic and sporting events,” said Director of Maui County Office of Economic Development Teena Rasmussen. “The economic ripple effect of this tournament is a huge boost for our businesses and workforce.  We are particularly happy to have Hyundai as the title sponsor, as it has been a goal of Mayor Arakawa and our administration to forge new relationships with South Korea. We want to thank the PGA TOUR for their continued support and look forward to their return in January."

Representing Sacred Hearts School, Joanna Stockham added, “We’re going to sell more tickets than anyone. We’ve got plans to totally renovate our cafeteria/auditorium and are so appreciative of this opportunity to participate in the Golf for Maui Charities.”

The ticket available through Golf for Maui Charities is a weekly grounds ticket for $40. All proceeds from the sale go directly to the local charity promoting the sale of the ticket. This weekly ticket is good for all competitive rounds of the event from Friday, January 6 to Monday, January 9, 2012.

All 501c3 organizations interested in being a part of this program should contact the Hyundai Tournament of Champions tournament office at 808-665-9160 or toll-free at 888-665-9160 for more information.

All children 18-years-old and younger are admitted free of charge with a ticketed adult (one child per adult). All children over the age of 18-years-old must have a ticket to enter the tournament.

If charities want to receive tickets on consignment to distribute or sell to their supporters, they can do so by filling out a Participation Agreement, providing their 501c3 IRS determination letter, and filling out a ticket order form.

The PGA TOUR, its players and tournaments support more than 3,000 charities. These local and national organizations work in a range of areas affecting the lives of millions in the communities where we live and play.  Proceeds from the Hyundai Tournament of Champions directly impact local charities. The host organizations of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions have bestowed nearly $3.8 million since the tournament’s move to Kapalua Resort in 1999.

Attending charities included:
Aloha House
American Heart Association
American Red Cross
Boy Scouts America
Habitat for Humanity
Hale Kau Kau
Hale Makua
Hawaiian Kamali'i
Hope Chapel
Horizon's Academy
Hospice Maui
JW Cameron Center
Ka Lima O Maui
Kula School PTA
LHS Foundation
Maui Aids Foundation
Maui Cheer All Stars
Maui Family YMCA
Maui Farms
Maui Humane Society
Maui Jr. Golf Association
Maui Medical
Maui Support Family Services
Maui United Way
Mediation Services of Maui
Montessori Hale O Keiki
National Kidney Foundation
Pacific Pride
Sacred Hearts
Saint Anthony HS
Seabury Hall
Theatre Theatre Maui
Women Helping Women

Follow the tournament on Facebook to get updates and a behind-the-scenes look at how the tournament is shaping up. Go to www.facebook.com and search for Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Reminders - New to the tournament in 2012:
     - The tournament dates for official play for the 2012 event begin with the Pro-am on Thursday, January 5, continuing with four rounds of professional competition Friday, January 6, through Monday, January 9. The tournament is now scheduled to end on Monday, as opposed to Sunday.
     -  Thursday’s pro-am round will be free to all spectators.
     - The tournament will allow all youth 18-years-old and younger accompanied by a ticketed adult into the tournament free of charge all week long.
     - Military (active duty, retired and Reserve) and their dependents will also be permitted onsite for free for the entire week. Military tickets can be downloaded free of charge by visiting www.birdiesforthebrave.com and clicking on the "Ticketing" link.  All military and their dependents will need to show their valid military ID along with their downloaded ticket in order to gain complimentary admission.

About Hyundai Motor America
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, 5-years of complimentary Roadside Assistance and the Hyundai Trade-in Value Guarantee. www.hyundainews.com

About Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Hyundai Tournament of Champions is the season-opening event of the PGA TOUR and held at the legendary Plantation Course, designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore in Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii. The tournament’s unique format allows only champions from the 2011 PGA TOUR season to qualify for this one-of-a-kind winners-only event. During their stay, tournament guests enjoy world-class accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Since 1999, the host organizations of the event have distributed nearly $3.8 million to the Maui community.

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Contact: Chris Reimer, PGA TOUR, 904-273-3286, chrisreimer@pgatourhq.com

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