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Kaanapali Classic-Collegiate Invitational returns Oct. 31 to Nov. 3

By Staff | Oct 24, 2019

California clinched the 2018 Team Trophy, with senior Sebastian Crampton earning the individual win (holding trophy) at -17. PHOTOS BY KAANAPALI GOLF COURSES.

KAANAPALI – Kaanapali Golf Courses, managed by Billy Casper Golf, will host golfers from 20 universities across America in the 2019 Kaanapali Classic-Collegiate Invitational from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 on the Royal Course.

The sixth annual 54-hole, individual and team stroke-play tournament will feature the men’s teams from Boise, California-Los Angeles, California-Santa Barbara, Clemson, Connecticut, George Washington, Georgia, Gonzaga, Hawaii-Manoa (host), Kansas, Liberty, Northern Texas, Oklahoma, Sacramento State, South Carolina, Southern Illinois, U.S. Air Force Academy, University of Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Sutee Nitakorn, PGA director of golf at Kaanapali Golf Courses, said, “It’s great to see Clemson back in this year after they won in 2016, and there will be some tough competition from Georgia and Oklahoma, who are always running for the team trophy.”

Nitakorn added, “The Kaanapali event has traditionally hosted some amazing individual players, many whom we now see playing on tour like Aaron Wise, Bryson Nimmer and Collin Morikawa. It’s a great way for the Maui community and those visiting Kaanapali to come out and see these guys before they make it big on tour.”

The last two holes of the Royal Course have water coming into play. Previous winners have clinched the title on these two final holes of the 54-hole event.

University of Hawaii at Manoa player Justin Ngan of Maui reads a putt on the sixth green during the 2018 invitational.

The 17th short par-three over water is known to beckon golfers to go for the pin, and the final hole stretches along 440 yards of lagoon to a bunker protected green. Arnold Palmer once said that the 18th at Kaanapali was “among the toughest holes on tour.”

Walking spectators are welcome to watch the tournament daily on the Royal Kaanapali Course. The official practice round on Thursday begins at 12:30 p.m. (shotgun), with the tournament rounds beginning at 8:30 a.m. (shotgun start) Friday through Sunday.

Updates and scores will be posted on Kaanapali Golf Courses’ Facebook page, Instagram @kaanapaligolf and #KaanapaliClassic19.