The 2014 Premier Golf Pro Am took 15 Teams of 3 Amateurs and 1 PGA Professional to the beautiful island of Maui! From our base at the Grand Wailea Hotel, a Waldorf Astoria Property, the golfers played 4 rounds of fabulous golf and competed for the titles of Champion Team and Champion PGA Professional.
The event began with a wonderful buffet Welcome Dinner on the lawn next to Wailea Bay. Attendees dined on local Hawaiian fish, roast pig, sushi and cool tropical drinks. Ann Mabry welcomed the group and Jim Slattery PGA reviewed the rules of competition for the 4 rounds of golf to be played.
Monday took the group to the Wailea Golf Club's Emerald Course, where low scores abounded. Tuesday featured the King Kamehameha Golf Club, and scores were definitely higher as the club was set to host US Open Qualifying just 4 days later!
On Wednesday the group was given a day off to explore the island, and our guests did everything from deep sea fishing to a hike on the 10,023 foot Mount Haleakala! A group of PGA Professionals went fishing early and caught Mahi Mahi, Ono and Tuna, while another group chartered a boat for snorkeling - and even saw Humpback whales!
Golf resumed on Thursday at the famous Kapalua Plantation Course- and it was a challenge! The site of the annual Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Kapalua offers magnificent views of the surrounding ocean, with the island of Molakai in the distance. Our last round of golf was on the Gold Course at Wailea Golf Club, where John Bachman of Big Spring Country Club fired the low round of the day- a 68!
Our last evening saw our traditional Farewell Awards Dinner under the stars just outside the Grand Dining Room at the Grand Wailea, where competitors and their significant others dined on Filet of Maui Beef and Hawaiian Lobster.
Congratulations to Shawn Cox PGA, Papa Doug Manchester, Ron Johnson and Kent Thompson of the Grand Golf Club in San Diego for taking the title of Champion Team!
The Low PGA Professional title was shared by Cary Splane of Marsh Creek Country Club in St. Augustine, Florida and John Bachman of Big Spring Country Club in Louisville, Kentucky. This was Cary's third title in a Premier Golf competition; Cary won the Low Pro title at the 2011 Irish Pro Am and Low Pro at the Highlands Pro Am in 2013. Both Pros fired a 4 round average of 71.5 Congratulations Cary and John!!