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Leilehua's Mason to Stage Two Q School

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This is a March 14, 2009, file photo showing Tadd Fujikawa of Honolulu, driving on the first hole, during the third round of the Puerto Rico Open in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. (Getty Images)

It was a great first two days for Tadd Fujikawa at the first stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School. He was tied for 4th on the first day and 6th by the end of the second day. But the third brought a couple of bogey and a four putt. After that, IT just wouldn’t come back.
You know what I mean. When you just can’t that swing back and the putter is balking and the little white ball won’t drop into what’s become that very tiny hole. He shot 68 71 74 76 and tied for 44th. Only those tied for 22nd made it to stage 2. Fujikawa was playing at the St. John’s Golf and Country Club in St. Augustine, Florida.

We all really wanted Tadd Fujikawa to make it. What a dream. Just graduating from Moanalua High School and getting straight into, not just college, but a full time gig on the highest paying golf tour in the world, THE PGA TOUR. Well, at least making it through the first stage. But it wasn’t to be for Tadd, YET. He’ll get there. As he told the Honolulu Advertisers Ann Miller, his coaches are really happy with his swing and his body is developing well.

There were a number of Hawaii players making their attempt to get their PGA Tour cards.

University of Hawaii at Manoa golf team alumni Pierre-Henri Soero and Matt Kodama.
Soero T39th at Port St. Lucie PGA Golf Club Wannamaker Course. Kodama T53rd at the Dayton Valley Country Club. Chad Saladin came in T48th at the Auburn University Club in Alabama.

Gary Nicklaus, one of Jacks’ kids, didn’t make it out of stage 1 either. He finished T27th.


Nick Mason at the 2008 Hawaii State Open (Photo courtesy the Aloha Section PGA)

Hawaii’s Leilehua grad and UH-Hilo graduate Nick Mason did. And he did it in style. He finished #1, medalist, in McKinney, Texas at one of the overflow courses. That’s how many guys tried their way through Q-School at $4,000 just to get your entry form in.

You may not know much about Nick Mason. Mason graduated from Leilehua High School and University of Hawaii – Hilo where his entire focus was on golf, even though his first passion in life was baseball. He’s also a pretty recent ‘kama’aina”, since he’s was born in Germany and lived in Australia, Kansas, Virginia and North Carolina before his dad was transferred to Schofield Barracks and he enrolled in Leilehua.

Mostly under the radar locally, a lot of college players around the country know Mason and they all say he is a really nice guy even though he kicks their butt on the course.  As a junior, Mason became the first UHH golfer to win a tournament at the Buzzini/Stanilaus Golf Invitational in Turlock, California. He shot a record-breaking 7-under-65 in the second round, setting a tournament single-round scoring record. He pulled off the sudden death to win the event when he finished tied with Ryan Thornberry.

Then there was his second-place finish at the TaylorMade/Waikoloa Intercollegiate tournament at the Waikoloa Kings’ Course, the best showing by a Hawaii golfer ever in that tournament.

And he won the 7th annual Hilo Invitational at Hilo Municipal, shooting a 7-under-par 135 and becoming the first amateur to win the tournament.

Mason clung to the lead and won the Nebraska Open golf tournament back in September of 2007 at Elks Country Club in Columbus. Mason, who lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, finished the way he started the three-round tourney with a three-under par 68. Those 68s coupled with a stunning 63 on Saturday gave him a 199 total and a four-stroke lead.

And then he came back to Hawaii as a professional golfer winning the 11th Hilo Invitational Pro-Am and Golf Tournament with an impressive 63-68 (131) total and a ton of birdies. Mason bolted out of the gate on Sunday and birdied five of the first six holes with a red-hot putter.  Mason’s eagle-birdie finish capped off a brilliant display of putting and a six-stroke victory over fellow professional Jacob Low, who finished alone in second at 137 (69-68).

But none of this would have happened if Mason didn’t decide to put all of his focus on golf and give up baseball, even though the Leilehua baseball coach almost convinced him otherwise. Mason said he didn't make many friends or participate in extracurricular activities as a senior at Leilehua. "That's what I needed to do to play college golf," he said.   Mason finished third in the state high school championships and began playing in local tournaments. He finished second in the World Junior Masters championship for 16- to 18-year-olds at Mililani Golf Club in 2001.

One aspect of baseball stayed with him. Mason, who has never had a golf lesson, said his golf swing is basically the same as his swing in baseball, except for the weight transfer.
"I have what you call a homemade swing," he said. "I got a swing in golf I could get by in. I've had no change since the first swing I came out with in golf."


The University of Hawaii at Hilo men’s golf team went head-to-head with Brigham Young University-Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific University and came away with a 13-stroke victory in the two-day event held on the Waikoloa Kings’ Course in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

HPU’s Charlie Renfro took medalist honors with a 3-over-par, 147 (73-74). In second place, was UHH’s Niel Cabico at 4-over-par 148 (71-77).

Chris Armanini (Photo Courtesy UH Hilo)

Third place belonged to UHH’s Chris Armanini (72-77=149). Tied for fourth were BYUH’s Doug Bischoff (79-71) and UHH’s Logan Goulding (77-73) at 6-over-par 150.

UHH won the team competition with a 598 followed by HPU (611) and BYUH (614).
Completing the UHH team were Ryan Felix (6th, 76-75=151) and Isaac Jaffurs (10th, 78-77=155).
The HPU team also included Haney Haney International Junior Golf Academy graduate Aleesandro Fossati (7th, 75-78=153), Connor Rumpf (T11, 80-76=156), Matt Tweddell (T11, 77-79=156) and Matt Demoraes (14th, 79-82=161).

BYUH’s squad was completed by Inoka Kahawaii (T8, 80-74=154), Steven Wade (T8, 76-78=154), Mike Klem (T11, 78-78=156) and Spencer Adkins (15th, 84-78=161).
Competing as unattached individuals were UHH’s Kelii Dias (85-75=160) and Mitchell Kwee (81-76=157).


Parker McLachlin moving up to the top of the leaderboard on the PGA
Tour(Photo courtesy of PGA Tour Images)

Just the other day last month, I sent Parker McLachlin a tweet telling him how nice it was to see him pop up on Twitter. He wasn’t saying anything in particular. Maybe something about being home in Arizona. And then he became the talk of the town but not because of the tweet I refer to.

The Common Golfer posted this on his blog:

“Okay so maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit…but on Sunday, Parker McLachlin became the first player to tweet in the middle of a PGA tournament.  While waiting on the 5th tee at the Open, he said the following via Twitter:

“Just made birdie on 4. Waiting on 5th tee. First tweet during a tourney round. Don’t want to get too used to this!”

For me, an active user of Twitter, I found this to be pretty cool.  Sadly, though, I think it’s only a matter of time before the PGA Tour comes out with its own social media policy.  It’s awesome to see another side of many tour pros, but from a PR perspective, there have been a few rough spots.
First off, there’s the risk of pissing off sponsors (or potential sponsors)…case in point – Stewart Cink tweeting about his horrible AT&T cell coverage.  
Then you have guys like Ian Poulter, who tends to offend a portion of his followers all too regularly.  

But anyways, getting back to the whole point of this post – it’s cool to envision a world where Tour players are tweeting their way around the golf course, but in all likelihood we’ll never get to that point.  Can you honestly see Tiger Woods snapping out of his intense focus, so he can tweet about that putt he just had on the last green?  I doubt it. It’s also worth noting that McLachlin actually went on to bogey the 5th hole.  Coincidence, or lack of focus?

But that’s not the end of the story.
See it’s against PGA Tour policy to use cell phone during an event:

McLachlin violated a PGA Tour policy by using his cell phone during competition. Players can only use their cell phones during practice rounds, and only on the practice range during pro-am rounds.
Along with using his cell phone for a tweet, McLachlin used it to answer a call from the PGA Tour.
"We did have a conversation with Parker," said Rick George, the tour's chief of operations. "He was unaware of our cell phone policy. It won't happen again."


File photo of Michelle Wie at the Solheim Cup.

Is golf a sport? That seems to be the question every one wants to question while the issue of adding golf to the Olympics was on the table at the International Olympic Committee. We had so many people campaigning I was afraid it was going to do an “Obama” which is my way of saying the I.O.C. didn’t like the full court press we delivered trying to get Chicago as a near future venue. But then hey, South America has never hosted an Olympics. What were our odds they’d snub a continent to bow to the pressure of the celebrity camp.

Back to golf. I believe golf is a sport. So did Sherlock Holmes. At least the guy who created Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was living in Davos, Switzerland for the “cure” for his wife’s tuberculosis. A common destination for the wealthy with that disease circa 1890.  Not only did Sir Arthur introduce skiing to Davos, he brought golf to the little Alpine village and wrote this about sport:’

“To give and to take, to accept success modestly and defeat bravely, to fight against odds, to stick to one's point, to give credit to your enemy and value your friend - these are some of the lessons which true sport should impart." Sir A. C. Doyle

For those who say golf in the Olympics will just be another World Top 150 golf tournament, I say maybe in the beginning. But look what happened to the U.S. Basketball “Dream Team”. We get clobbered now and we’ve got European and Asian players in the NBA.
This will open up a whole new world for the game of golf. And that can’t be bad since golf courses depend on our business, and equipment manufacturers need new markets, and it’s a great sport for people of all ages.

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Sergio Garcia talks about getting a chance to play in the olympics

I’ve noticed that most of the naysayers are older. This is what Michelle Wie said when she spoke to the International Olympic Organization:

“I have been playing golf since I was four years old. Growing up, I was inspired by the great athletes of our sport. Tiger Woods and Ernie Els have been my heroes. For so many boys and girls around the world, their heroes have been Olympic athletes. Until today, I never thought there was any chance that I could share in that dream. With your support, I can dream about being an Olympian, I can dream about the chance to enter the Olympic stadium during Opening ceremonies. And I can dream of doing something that not even Tiger or Ernie have ever done – make the final putt to win the Olympic Golf Metal. If this dream comes true, I have no doubt that somewhere in the world, there will be a four-year-old girl who will see me on the podium, and perhaps start her own Olympian dream.  And now I would like to introduce my heroes, Ernie Els and Tiger Woods.”

Some of the other reaction:

"There are millions of young golfers worldwide who would be proud to represent their country. It would be an honor for anyone who plays this game to become an Olympian." - Tiger Woods, who taped a video message that was presented to the IOC in support of Olympic golf.
"It's fantastic, an unbelievable day for the game of golf. The impact is going to be felt all over the world, which is what I've always felt about the game. The game is a mature game in many countries, but it never had the opportunity to grow in many others. People of all walks of life will be inspired to play the game of golf, and play for sports' highest recognition. For all sports, that has been a gold medal." - Jack Nicklaus.
"I think it will be awesome to grow the game of golf, and it would be an honor to play for (your) country." - England's Ian Poulter on Twitter.


The new LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

The LPGA Tour has picked Michael Whan to be its new commissioner, turning to a marketing executive in golf and hockey equipment to help rebuild relationships with sponsors.

Whan formerly worked for TaylorMade and Wilson golf companies and most recently was president of Mission-ITECH Hockey. Mission Hockey is considered the leader in roller hockey and ITECH specialized in protective hockey gear. He was introduced at a press conference at Madison Square Garden the same day the World Series got underway in New York City. This information comes through Ryan Ballengee, editor of Waggle Room. One source told Waggle Room when Whan worked at TaylorMade-adidas he was “one of the best people I worked for”.

Whan was selected following a three-month search to replace Carolyn Bivens, whom the players forced out in July as the LPGA Tour kept losing sponsors.

Acting commissioner Marty Evans is to stay on the rest of the year, and Whan will start in January.

During the news conference, Whan "I was that crazy high school kid cutting greens at 5:30 in the morning so he could play free golf in the afternoon and caddying on Sundays.” Sounds like Michelle Wie when she was practicing in elementary school.


Michelle Wie reacts after making a birdie on the 18th hole during first round play in the Navistar LPGA Classic at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill on October 1, 2009 in Prattville, Alabama. (Photo Getty Images)

Michelle Wie was one of the main attractions promoted for the Navistar at Capitol Hill in Prattville, Alabama. She couldn’t get off the plane in Montgomery without seeing her picture plastered all over the place.

She was even on the floor, part of the airport welcome mat. “ "Wonder how many people step on my face, especially with those high heels. It's been weird seeing my face places. It's interesting."

The Navistar was her 17th tournament of the year, more than any previous two years combined, and the experience has been an education. "It was tiring and I changed my workout a bit in the middle of the summer," Wie said. "I stopped lifting a lot of weights in the summer and instead used bands. It's stretch, stretch, stretch, eat well and sleep the right amount.

"You really have to take care of your body, there are no days you can let yourself go, and you have to keep yourself in top shape."

Wie will be taking some time off from her statistics and communication classes to get back on the golf course.

Lorena Ochoa of Mexico walks to the 18th green during final round play in the Navistar LPGA Classic at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill on October 4, 2009 in Prattville, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)

Michelle Wie will be back on the Tour for the Lorena Ochoa Invitational November 12 to 15 in Mexico and then off to Houston for the LPGA Tour Championship November 19 to 22nd.

She could go to one of her sponsor’s events, the Dubai Ladies Masters in December and she may even be home for the holidays. On Twitter she says she misses Zippy’s Chili Cheese Fries.


The Legends Tour, part of the LPGA, was in Hawaii this past month for the Kinoshita Pearl Classic.
Rosie Jones walked away the winner worth $50,000 of the total $350,000. She had a feeling:

Rosie Jones raises her trophy at Kapolei, during the first Kinoshita Pearl Classic

"Seven is a special number for me. When I saw that my locker was number seven here at the club I got a little excited. I was born seventh in my family. And I finished seven under to win this event. So it all makes sense!"
LPGA Hall of Famers Amy Alcott and Pat Bradley, and Sandra Haynie, Cindy Rarick, Val Skinner and Jan Stephenson were all in the field.

Legends Tour caddie Heather Drew spent time on “The Golf Club” radio show to talk about her “condition” and how she deals with it. She was diagnosed about ten years ago and instead of giving up, she wants to live life to the fullest. She found a medication that keeps her in good condition and suggests anyone in a similar situation talk with all the doctors about their options as soon as possible.


Turtle Bay Amateur Champion Bradley Shigezawa
(Photo courtesy Turtle Bay Golf)

Bradley Shigezawa wins the 2009 Turtle Bay Amateur.  Bradley shot a 3 under 69 on Turtle Bay Resort’s George Fazio and won the 7th annual event by 1 shot over 2008 Turtle Bay Amateur Champion T.J. Kua. They both shot 73 on the first day going neck and neck through the second with Shigezawa finishing with a 69 and Kua a 70. Now that’s competition.

Bradley’s main focus right now is to finish his senior year at Punahou.  Bradley has verbally committed to Northwestern University where he will soon be a member of their golf team.  

Shigezawa posted the low round of the day shooting a three under par 69 which included 5 birdies and 2 bogies.

First round leader Mike Kawate, who shot a 71 on that first day, finished 5th with a second round 77.
(Photo courtesy Turtle Bay Golf)

This year’s A flight Champion was Derek Fukuda.  Fukuda had a final round 79 and a two day total of 155.

B flight honors went to Randall Gibu who had a two day total of 160.
Darrell Chung won the C Flight with a Sunday round 87 on the Arnold Palmer Course.

Turtle Bay Resort is Oahu’s only 36-hole golf resort and is host to many events throughout the year including the Hawaii State Open, US Open Local and Sectional Qualifying, Turtle Bay Aloha Section PGA Match Play, Turtle Bay Resort College Invitational and numerous junior events.

Tad Fujimaki, PGA
1st Assistant Golf Professional at Turtle Bay Golf
Men's Golf Coach BYU-Hawaii



The world was expecting the 8th victory by Andrew Feldman and Larry Stubblefield at the Oahu Country Club Nike Golf/Golf Concepts 4-Ball Match Play Championship. But it wasn’t to be. The 7-time champs were eliminated in the first round and a new team was crowned.

Look on the smiles on the faces of Matt Pakkala and Kevin Carll.
From left to right - Jay Hinazumi - Nike Golf / Golf Concepts, Matt Pakkala, and Kevin Carll

The team of Kevin Carll (Turtle Bay Golf) & Matt Pakkala (Pukalani CC) captured the title by earning a 3 and 2 win at this year's Four-Ball Match Play Championship against Hilo boys Kevin Hayashi & Lance Taketa both of Hilo Municipal.  

Twenty-two (22) teams of forty-four (44) island professionals played for a purse of $8,900.  The winning team took home $3,000 as well as valuable points towards Governor's Cup selection and Section PGA Player of the Year.
The Aloha Section PGA would like to send a special thank you to the title sponsor - Jay Hinazumi of Nike Golf / Golf Concepts.

Kyle Trenholm and his team of amateurs: Glenn Goya, Mark Murakami, Irvin Wong and Carl Yamamoto

Twice a year, the Aloha Section PGA and Castle Resorts & Hotels put on a fun event to raise money for the University of Hawaii golf program. The First Hawaiian Bank team led by pro Kyle Trenholm with amateurs Glenn Goya, Mark Murakami, Irwin Wong and Carl Yamamoto won the title this time.

It could be yours next year. There will be two events again next year thanks to the great sponsor, Castle Resorts. Not only will you have a lot of fun, since you’re playing with some of the top professionals in the state and most of them teach, you could be meeting the person who can help you get your game on track!

The tournament format is a five-person team (one ASPGA Golf Professional and four amateurs) one net, one gross best ball per hole. All amateurs must have a USGA GHIN handicap. That’s not hard. Just turn in your scores at the course you’re playing or go to the website. If you can’t play and you’d like to be a sponsor, call the Aloha Section 593-2230.

There were two other teams tied for first with the score of 120. Taking second place in a scorecard playoff was the team of Waialae Plumbing led by professional Eddie Moore and his team of Ed Moore, Tim Greenleaf, John Emery and Eric Mendivil. In third place, the first place team from  this year’s first event, Olomana Golf  Links team led by Norman-Ganin Asao and his amateurs Kerllen Asao, Sean Yamashita, Derrick Toyama and Darren Akiyama. There were 33 teams this outing. They were treated to the round of golf, awards dinner and team prizes. Plus the pro’s played for a purse. Kyle Trenholm captured low pro honors with his score of 71.


Members of the USA Team pose on stage with their wives and companions at the closing ceremonies after the USA defeated the International Team 19.5 to 14.5 to win The Presidents Cup at Harding Park Golf Course on October 11, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

It’s called the Presidents Cup and it pits the U.S. Team against the International Team, which some say isn’t fair because the U.S. team gets to play for flag and country and the International team doesn’t. But they gave us one heck of a run for our money until the final day during singles play. The U.S. just trounced the Internationals and took the Presidents Cup.

It looked like the U.S. Team was going to run away with every point. Tiger Woods went 5 and 0, something he has never done in team play. He and Steve Stricker were unbeatable as a team and when it came to singles Y.E. Yang didn’t get a second victory over the Tiger man.

Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods during the Presidents Cup at Harding Park in San Francisco.

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Tiger Woods talking about what it meant to him to play with Steve Stricker.

In fact the International team didn’t get many victories at all on that final day but they all loved playing in the team format. Ryo Ishikawa was a star and handled himself exceptionally.

International Presidents Cup team player Ryo Ishikawa, rear, from Japan, gives partner Y.E. Yang, from South Korea, a neck rub during their four-ball match.

There were a couple of wonderful moments when we could really relate.

International assistant captain Frank Nobilo, center, uses a photographer's camera to help International player Angel Cabrera search for his ball which was stuck in a tree on the 13th hole of his four-ball match at the Presidents Cup at Harding Park Golf Course on Saturday.

And somehow Michael Jordan even got into the act as an assistant coach. He was more like a magnet for bad behavior since he insisted on smoking his cigars on the non-smoking course, which infuriated the residents of San Francisco.

United States captain's assistant Michael Jordan, left, stands with captain Fred Couples during four-ball matches at the Presidents Cup at Harding Park.

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It was nice to hear Michael Jordan call golf a sport.


Lucas Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, poses with the trophy after winning the PGA Grand Slam of Golf on October 21, 2009 at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

You could say the atmosphere at the Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda at the Port Royal Golf Coursewas laid back. Or maybe it was just the jetlag. Y.E. Yang was caught sleeping on a couch in the locker room by Stewart Cink who diligently posted the photo for all his followers to see on Twitter. Yang was up 48 hours before getting to Bermuda. From Korea, he flew to New York. Then a charter flight that had to return to Long Island because of mechanical problems. After being stranded for four hours, he finally got to the course at 8 in the morning in time for the two hour nap.

Angel Cabrera got caught in a time warp after the Grand Slam. He was trying to get back to Europe to put in enough events on the European Tour until the weather didn’t cooperate and his flight was delayed enough to keep him from his tee time and that got him disqualified. Not just out of the event, but out of the Race to Dubai. All four had also played in the Presidents Cup before the Grand Slam.
Trying to be everything to all people and put in your time on all the Tours, in all events, proves to be a very tricky business. As Cink put it, there is no off season.


Tiger Woods captured his first award of the 2009 season, the PGA of America’s honor for Player of the Year.
The award marks the 10th time Woods has won the points-based trophy, an honor he essentially sewed up with his PGA Tour FedExCup playoffs victory. Woods won six tour wins, worth 10 points each and twice as many as any other player, according to the Associated Press. The top-ranked golfer in the world also topped the tour money list and took home the prize for lowest adjusted scoring average. It’s Tiger’s eighth Vardon Trophy from PGA of America and his ninth PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson Award for lowest adjusted scoring average (68.05). It’s also the ninth time Woods has wrapped up the Arnold Palmer Award on the PGA Tour for winning the money title. He earned a bit more than $10.5 million in 2009.

After returning from knee surgery maybe he’ll get Comeback Player of the Year.  If it were anyone else on the Tour, there would be no question. Not after winning the U.S. Open with the severe injuries to leg and knee and then having the surgery and being out for close to a year only to return to win Play of the Year.  That brings me back to is golf a sport.

There are more honors up for grabs. The players vote on the Jack Nicklaus Trophy for the PGA Tour player of the Year. Steve Stricker, Phil Mickleson, Y.E. Yang are all in the money, along with Woods.


Welcome to Kapolei Golf Course
(Photo Courtesy Rick Gray)

BOMA put together its 18th annual golf tournament in October. The tournament is always to benefit a charity but this time is the first a charity has been chosen two years in a row. They chose to raise money for the Hawaii FoodBank again.

You don’t have to put on an event to help the Hawaii FoodBank. You can drive over with your donations, drop off donations at lots of different places including a number of stores,  but having a golf tournament gets everyone out of the office, getting some fresh air and doing a little exercise plus helping out an extremely important charity.

“Star Team” Jonathan Sotelo and Rodney Kahalepuna and Rick Gray

“The Golf Club” radio show executive producer Rick Gray was on the one of the teams mainly because it’s a fun format: 3 person scramble, “Best Ball”, Double Par maximum score per hole, 3 minimum drives and 2 putt automatic. No Stress.

Wildlife on the course – plus the mongoose but they’re so fast stealing food, it’s hard snap the photo without holding up play.

If you’d like to get involved next year, your entry includes lunch, dinner, refreshments, team prize, 2 mulligans, and entry to all contests

Save the date! The 6th annual Hawaii Foodbank Golf Classic is Friday February 12 of 2010. It’ll be at the Hawaii Prince. Shotgun start. Lots of fun. Call 836-3600 extension 244 or go to email


And finally, from the BBC News, the world’s longest golf course. Nick Bryant filed the story from Cenduna in the Australian outback:

“Eighteen holes spread over 1,365 km (848 miles) of outback terrain that can take as long as seven days to play - longer even, if you keep on hitting your balls into the scrubland or suffer the indignity of having them stolen by an errant dingo.
But more of the hazards of playing this mega-course later. Let's deal first with the mega-logistics.
This is a course which favours patient drivers, because you will be spending an awful lot of time behind the wheel.

The idea is that after playing one hole, you drive to the next... and then the next. The problem is that they are often 100km further down the highway.

So long is the course, in fact, that it is spread over two states, South Australia and Western Australia.

If approaching the Nullarbor Plain from the west, you can tee off in the former gold mining town of Kalgoorlie. From the east, the starting point is the coastal town of Ceduna.”

It’s a par 72. Bright yellow warning signs tell you watch out for wombats and kangaroos.
Chris reports at the Dingo Den hole,  “there's a resident crow which likes to steal stray golf balls. Not to be outdone, dingoes have started muscling in on the act, as well. It is like a golfing safari.” Adding, “Aside from the distance, the searing heat and the Astroturf greens, there is another drawback of the world's longest golf course.
It is an absolute nightmare whenever you lose your ball.”

For something a little less trying and certainly more entertaining, this little video.

That does it for this month.

Hope you’ll tune in to “The Golf Club” radio show on KUMU AM 1500, KPUA AM 670 in Hilo, KTOH FM 99.9 on Kauai and on Maui it’s KONI FM 104.7. Or online at where the show is live and archived.

To celebrate our 11th anniversary of being on the air, we are giving away a trip to Las Vegas. Hawaiian Airlines will fly the lucky winner and a friend to Las Vegas where they will spend 4 nights at the Las Vegas Hilton, which has just finished a $100 million dollar make over. And the winner will play a round at the Las Vegas Country Club.

In the meantime, thank you for your Mana, and may you hit the sweet spot every time.


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