For Immediate Release
GOLF’S FUTURE PGA TOUR STARS AT WAIKOLOA BEACH RESORT
Venerable Kings’ Course will be Host Venue for the
23rd Annual Amer Ari Intercollegiate Golf Tournament at Waikoloa Beach Resort
WAIKOLOA, KOHALA COAST, HAWAII—The 23rd Annual Amer Ari at Waikoloa Beach Resort will be taking place on Feb, 6-8, with all rounds being played on the renowned Tom Weiskopf-designed Kings’ Course.
A total of 20 teams are scheduled to participate in the Amer Ari this year, including eight of the top 25 ranked teams in the U.S. Golf fans will get a chance to see the No. 2 ranked Texas Longhorns defend their title. No. 1-ranked NCAA player Washington sophomore, Pan Cheng-Tsung, who is coming off a strong fall season will also be a strong contender for the individual title. Along with other notables include, No. 3 ranked, Pontus Widergren of UCLA, No. 4 ranked Talor Gooch of Oklahoma State, and No. 5 ranked Patrick Rodgers of Stanford.
“The Amer Ari at Waikoloa Beach Resort is one of the most important collegiate tournaments of the year,” says Earl Tamiya, Men’s Head Golf Coach at the University of Hawaii Hilo, which is the tournament host. “Past winners have gone on to realize great success on the professional tours and in golf. We are proud to have it played on the Big Island!”
Past medalists in the tourney include some of today’s best-known PGA Tour stars, including Notah Begay (Stanford, 1994), Matt Kuchar (Georgia Tech, 1999 and 2000) and Anthony Kim (Oklahoma, 2004).
“The public is welcome to come watch these young stars,” says Kevin Ginoza, Head Golf Professional at Waikoloa Beach Resort. “It will be interesting to see how they handle the challenges of the Kings’ Course, particularly if we get some wind.”
There is no admission charge.
Amer Ari at Waikoloa Beach Resort Tournament Schedule
|Practice Round||Feb. 5||Tuesday|
|1st Round||Feb. 6||Wednesday|
|2nd Round||Feb. 7||Thursday|
|Final Round||Feb. 8||Friday|
All rounds will be played at the Kings’ Course starting at 7:30 am.
|1992||Oklahome State||Craig Hainline, Oklahoma State|
|1993||UNLV||Alan Bratton, Okalahoma State|
|1994||Arkansas||Todd Dempsey, Arizona State|
|1995||Arizona State||Notah Begay, Stanford|
|1996||Oklahoma State||Chris Hanell, Arizona State|
|1997||Oklahoma State||Jim Skinner, SMU|
|1998||UNLV||Bill Lunde, UNLV|
|1999||UNLV||James Watt, Nevada-Reno|
|2000||Georgia Tech||Matt Kuchar, Georgia Tech|
|Carlton Forrester, Georgia Tech|
|2001||Georgia Tech||Matt Kuchar, Georgia Tech|
|Sprague Kolp, Nevada-Reno|
|2002||Texas||Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech|
|2003||Georgia Tech||Troy Matteson, Georgia Tech|
|2004||UCLA||Adam Meyer, TCU|
|2005||Georgia Tech||Anthony Kim, Oklahoma|
|2006||Oklahoma State||Tyler Leon, Oklahoma State|
|2007||Georgia Tech||Cameron Tringale, Georgia Tech|
|2008||Oklahoma||Jonathan Moore, Oklahoma State|
|2009||Stanford||Jesper Kennegard, Arizona State|
|2010||USC||Nick Taylor, Washington|
|2011||Oklahoma State||Daniel Miernicki, Oregon|
|2012||Texas||Jeffery Kang, USC|
Waikoloa Beach Resort is situated on 1,350 acres of the beautiful Kohala Coast on the Hawaii’s Big Island – the Golf Capital of the Aloha State. Waikoloa features two fabulous golf courses with unique layouts specifically designed to challenge shot-making skills while letting golfers enjoy the magnificent beauty of the Big Island: views of the majestic, often-times snow-capped Mauna Kea Mountain and the warm, tranquil Pacific Ocean.