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January 6, 2011

Fans Get Full Day Of Entertainment At Kapalua Resort On The Eve Of Hyundai Tournament Of Champions


Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii (January 6, 2011)

– There was plenty to see and plenty to do for golf fans Wednesday at The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort in the final day before the official start of the 2011 PGA TOUR season at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
 
A long drive contest, a pro-celebrity shootout and Hawaiian music and dance were the featured entertainment. On Thursday starting at 10:20 a.m. HST, the PGA TOUR starts here with the limited-field Hyundai Tournament of Champions featuring 34 players who won a TOUR event in 2010.
 
“This was a great day, and it was a super way for us to lead into the Hyundai Tournament of champions,” tournament director Nancy Cross said. “We were so happy to be able to showcase not only great golf but also many aspects of the beautiful Hawaiian culture. We’d like to thank the PGA TOUR, Hyundai and FedEx as well as the players, celebrities and everyone else who contributed to the success of the day. And we also want to thank the fans for their role in helping us raise important funds for all of our designated charities as well as the Maui Family Support Services.”
 
The supporting Maui charities for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions include Boy Scouts of America, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, Hale Makua Health Services, J. Walter Cameron Center, Ka Lima O Maui, the Lahainaluna High School Foundation and the Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation.
 
Jamie Sadlowski, a two-time winner of the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship in 2008 and ’09, won the inaugural Long Drive Challenge on the 18th hole at The Plantation Course by defeating left-hander Bubba Watson in the final. Sadlowski cranked a drive of 407 yards to beat Watson, whose best poke in the final traveled 352 yards.
 
Dustin Johnson and Robert Garrigus were eliminated in the opening round as Sadlowski hit one 398 yards and Watson 370. Johnson’s best drive traveled 354 yards, while Garrigus topped out at 365.
 
“It was just a great experience to get to hang out with these guys, who are such great players. It was special,” said Sadlowski, 22, of St. Paul, Alberta, Canada. “I definitely felt the pressure out there because these guys hit it so straight that you know they were going to keep it in play. I put some good swings on it though, particularly the last couple.”
 
Johnson also competed in the Pro-Celebrity Shootout with Anthony Kim, U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell and FedExCup champion Jim Furyk.
 
 
Playing with a different celebrity on each of the three holes in the shootout, Kim, was the winner after shooting a net even par over holes 1, 2 and 9.
 
Among the celebrities who joined in the exhibition were actor Craig T. Nelson, champion surfer Kelly Slater and PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem.
 
The fun-filled day also included a performance by trick-shot artist Dan Boever and a range of activities and contests in the Family Fun Zone, which will remain open throughout the four tournament days.
 
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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Media Contact:
Karin Sagar
Hyundai Tournament of Champions
808-669-0244
 

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