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Golf tourney and ball drop fundraiser to benefit Women Helping Women

By Staff | Sep 5, 2019

From left, Rotary Club of Upcountry Maui President Aaron Acpal accepts a $2,000 donation from Megan Nakashima and Aric Nakashima of Pukalani Superette.

PUKALANI – The Rotary Club of Upcountry Maui and title sponsor Pukalani Superette will host Rotary Helping Women, the club’s sixth annual golf tournament fundraiser, on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Pukalani Country Club.

Proceeds from the golf tournament will support Women Helping Women (WHW), which offers emergency shelter and programs for victims of domestic violence.

“We are so grateful to Upcountry Rotary and their generosity in helping Women Helping Women raise funds for the shelter building maintenance fund,” said WHW Executive Director Sanoe Ka’aihue.

“Over 300 women and children live in our shelter every year, and we provide everything they may need – from food to clothing, and advocacy and transportation. It’s so important that these families have a clean, safe and sound environment where they can heal. Thank you for helping us keep the shelter beautiful for our families.”

The tournament format is an 18-hole, four-person, shotgun start, best-ball scramble.

The fee for a single entry is $100 in advance and $120 at the door. A two-player team pays $200 in advance and $240 at the door.

The price of entry includes the green fee, the shared cart fee, a “swag bag,” breakfast sandwiches, a hot lunch buffet, snacks, a door prize drawing ticket and an awards presentation.

Players may purchase Mulligan tickets (an extra stroke allowed after a poor shot, not counted on the scorecard) at $5 a piece (limit two per player). Golfers can also purchase Grenades, which will allow them to throw the ball at $10 each (limit one per player).

For an opportunity to move to a closer tee, purchase a Change the Tee ticket for $10 (limit one per player).

Sit back and watch Golf Pro Cassy Isagawa drive your ball with a purchase of a Drive by Pro ticket at $10 (limit one per player).

A super ticket gets you two Mulligans, one Grenade, one Drive by Pro and one Change the Tee ticket for $35 – a $5 savings.

The top three teams will be entered into a prize drawing.

“The grand prize includes an overnighter for four at a swanky West Maui resort, dinner for four at one of Maui’s best restaurants and a round of golf for four at one of the island’s pristine courses,” said event Chair Mary Albitz.

Golfers will also vie for a $10,000 cash prize for the hole-in-one contest, sponsored by Maui Oral Surgery

The tournament will also include a longest drive contest with prizes for both the men’s and women’s divisions.

A prize will also go to the winner of the closest-to-the-pin contest.

Even the highest scoring team comes away with a prize!

For those who want to support the club’s efforts but do not golf, ball drop tickets are five for $20 (tickets are sold in bundles of five only). The “owner” of the ball closest to the hole wins $1,000; second prize, $500; third prize, $250. Participants need not be present to win.

Check-in and breakfast begin at 6 a.m.

The tournament’s shotgun start begins promptly at 7 a.m. Lunch, the awards ceremony, door prize drawings and ball drop will immediately follow the tournament.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. One of the most valuable benefits of sponsorship is the significant amount of publicity you will receive, exposing you and your business as a true Women Helping Women supporter. For maximum impact, become a sponsor today.

Monetary and prize donations are also welcome.

Tournament sponsors also include Emerald Sponsor American Savings Bank and Forest Green Sponsors Allstate Insurance, Matt Cerizo Agency and Goodfellow Bros.

Tee up for a good cause and help support the good work of Women Helping Women.

Register for the tournament at UpcountryMauiRotary.org (click on the “REGISTER HERE” link).

For information, to purchase ball drop tickets or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, e-mail upcountryrotary@gmail.com or call Albitz at (808) 269-2445.