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January 2, 2011

Geoff Ogilvy's Pro-Celebrity/Junior Team Wins Shootout To Highlight Junior Golf Family Fun Day At Kapalua Resort


Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii (January 2, 2011) – Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy has had plenty of great moments at The Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course the last two years, and he enjoyed another on Sunday when his team of celebrity and junior golfers won the inaugural Pro/Celebrity/Junior Golfer Shootout that highlighted the opening day of the 2011 Hyundai Tournament of Champions and benefitting the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association (HSJGA).

“This was really a cool thing, and it was great that some junior golfers got the opportunity to play with us,” said Ogilvy, the two-time defending champion of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the first official event of the season on the PGA Tour. “This is the great thing about being in Hawaii is that you get to do some things like this.”

Ogilvy is 46 under par in his last eight rounds at The Plantation Course, but he had plenty of help Sunday in the three-hole shootout, mostly from Cassy Isagawa, a senior at Baldwin High School. Isagawa went 3-3-3 on holes 1, 2, and 9, and the Team Maui I squad finishing 4 under par. Isagawa made a 15-foot-eagle putt on the par-5 ninth to cap her round.

“She was unbelievable,” Ogilvy said.

“It just happened. I don’t know how I did it, but it was fun,” said Isagawa, 17, who plans to attend the University of Oregon next year.

Also on Team Maui were HSJGA Junior Aaron Kunitomo, HSJGA Supporter Pard Erdman and celebrity Kanekoa Texiera, a Maui native who pitches for the Kansas City Royals. Tour professionals Steve Stricker, Justin Rose, Rocco Mediate and Tadd Fujikawa also participated in the five-team competition.

Proceeds of the shootout benefit the HSJGA.

“It was a great day for the HSJGA and for fans of golf here in Maui,” said tournament director Nancy Cross. “We just want to say thanks to everyone who came out to watch and participate and especially to those who donated their time to raise money for a great cause.”

The Shootout was the featured event Sunday during the Family Fun Day at The Plantation Course. The day also included an exhibition by trick-shot artist Dan Boever and an array of fan activities including swing cages, entertainment and prizes.

About the Hyundai Tournament of Champions
The first official tournament of the PGA TOUR season, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions is held at The Kapalua Resort Plantation Course, January 2-9, 2011. Featuring champions from the previous year’s season, the 2011 event will feature 12 of the top 20 players in the world rankings. The Hyundai Tournament of Champions (formerly the SBS Championship and the Mercedes-Benz Championship) has been held at Kapalua Resort since 1999. Charitable funds raised via the event have totaled nearly $3.5 million and benefitted more than 60 local Maui charities.

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