Mahalo to all the golfers who came out for ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY’s 12th Annual Golf Tournament and helped make it a big success! This year’s tournament, held at the Hawaiʻi Prince Golf Club on May 16, 2019, sold out even before the registration deadline, with more than 150 golfers, 21 tournament sponsors, and 7 in-kind sponsors participating. The event raised more than $30,000 in support of the IPA Athletics Department and other programs.
It was a fun-filled day with much to keep the golfers entertained before, during, and after their round. Before heading out to the course, golfers enjoyed lunch by Kalapawai Market and loosened up with free chair massages by Rebound Hawaiʻi. They also had fun participating in the putting contest for a chance to win some great prizes.
On the course, golfers were kept full and hydrated with food and beverage stations hosted by Tropics Ale House, Superb Sushi, Big Island Burritos, and Island Real Estate Pros, and a well-stocked roving beverage cart. On-course contests kept the competition lively, including closest-to-the-pin, longest drive, and the hole-in-one on two of the par-3 holes with a chance to win a trip to the Superbowl or the Masters.
The tournament was followed by a dinner buffet and awards banquet with raffle drawings for fabulous prizes, including a two-night stay at Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club with airfare, two nights at the Ritz-Carlton Waikīkī, rounds of golf at Hoakalei Golf Club, a Yeti cooler, Ping golf bags, and a custom stainless steel grill. Every player received a raffle ticket with their entry fee, but many increased their chances of winning by purchasing additional raffle tickets by the arm’s-length before the round. The players with the longest arms found themselves to be very popular, and volunteers shared techniques to get an extra couple of inches to their strip of tickets.
One of the traditions of the IPA Golf Tournament is how teams are selected for prizes. Years back, tournament organizers decided to honor meaningful dates for IPA by the team awards given out. This year, in addition to recognizing the usual top place finishers, prizes were also given to the teams who came in 12th, 19th, and 24th place, representing the 12th year of the tournament, the Class of 2019, and the 24 students making up this year’s graduating class, respectively. Congratulations to the winning team of Donna Smallwood, Nick Smallwood, Kerstin Alston, and John Sego who shot a net score of 40.4! Their names will be added to the IPA Golf Tournament perpetual trophy.
IPA Director of Advancement, Be-Jay Kodama, was pleased with the tournament success and grateful for the assistance of all the volunteers who help plan and run the tournament. “Thank you to the many volunteers – from the seniors of the class of 2019, to IPA Golf Tournament Committee members Kerstin Alston (IPA Parent ’25) and Donna Smallwood (IPA Parent ’22, ’24), and all the IPA parents, grand-parents, coaches, and administrators who gave of their time and shared the IPA spirit,” said Kodama. “Your spirit shined!”
Head of School, Gerald Teramae, echoed her sentiments. “Mahalo to the many supporters, volunteers (students and adults), faculty, and staff of our 12th annual golf tournament,” he shared. “Your support and hard work for our golf tournament will greatly impact the opportunities our student-athletes are afforded through our 22 athletic sports.”
“We look forward to seeing everyone for next year’s tournament!” added Teramae.
ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY is grateful to all who participated and made this year’s tournament a tremendous success. Sponsors, donors, providers of gifts in-kind, and golfers gave generously to support our students, and that support impacts our students in so many ways.
Our 2019 tournament sponsors were:
Blue Sponsors: Domino’s Pizza Hawaiʻi and Reflections Glass
Gold Sponsors: First Hawaiian Bank; HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union; Wasa Electrical Services; West Oʻahu Dental Center; and The Wilhelm Group
Silver Sponsors: Brett Hill Management Group; Complete Dermatology; InPac Wealth Solutions; Island Insurance; Island Sun Real Estate Pros; KSF, Inc.; Lifeline Fire & Security; The Queen’s Health System; R & L ‘Ohana Insulation; RevoluSun; Ronald N.S. Ho & Associates; Systemcenter; WE Painting; and Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek
In-Kind Sponsors: Big Island Burritos; HONBLUE; Kalapawai Market; Superb Sushi; Tropics Ale House
Hole Sponsors: Wilson Okamoto Corporation and Hawaiian Dredging & Construction
Prizes, swag bag items, and donations were generously provided by: AMSCO; BSN Sports; Big City Diner; Big Island Candies; Brian Mogg Golf Academy; Central Pacific Bank; Community Planning and Engineering, Inc.; Cornerstone Family Chiropractic; DK Restaurants; ESPN Honolulu; Hawaiʻi Convention Center; Hawaiʻi News Now; Hoakalei Country Club; The Islander Group ; J & J Wine & Spirits; KAI Hawaiʻi, Inc.; Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club; Kō Hana Distillers; Ko Olina Golf Club; Pagoda Restaurant & Catering; Panda Travel; Paradise Beverage; Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery; Makani Golf Club; Mililani Golf Club; Nordic PCL; Rainbow Drive-In; Raising Canes; Ray Sportswear, LLC; Rebound Hawaiʻi; Riggs Distributing; Ritz-Carlton Waikīkī; Roger Dunn Golf; Royal Hawaiian Golf Club; Ruby Tuesday Hawaiʻi; Turtle Bay Golf; UHA Health Insurance; Trisa Aki; Jeanne Arakawa; Steve Brown; Michelle & Darren Cabral; Jeff & Amber Camacho; Christine Chau; Susan Eichor; Elmer Esmeralda; Jeffrey & Marised Gillette; Lori Hieger; Clifford Horita; Jodi Kenessey; Diane Kodama; Gregg & Be-Jay Kodama; Pat Liu; Heather Lofton ; Todd & Tricia Murata; Donna Smallwood; Jessica Swartz; Ruby Taaca; Gerald Teramae; Karla Teramae; Brian & Lori Thompson; Lance Wilhelm; Tim & Char Wilson; Michelle & John Wimberley; Kevin & Debbie Yoshino
Our hard working and dedicated volunteers were: David Briscoe; Jeff Camacho; Denton Chun; Marised Gillette; Rachel Holmen; IPA Class of 2019; Alyssa Kuffel; Bart Lofton ; Lily Patel; Sid Patel; Rachel Suerth; Ruby Taaca.