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Mahalo Golfers! 2015 IPA Golf Tournament A Success

Mahalo to the many golfers and generous sponsors of the 9th Annual IPA Golf Tournament.  Proving that Friday the 13th can be a lucky day, over 100 golfers enjoyed the day at Ewa Beach Golf Club on November 13, 2015.  “This was our second year in a row having the tournament at Ewa Beach,” says Gerald Teramae, Head of School.  “It’s a great course and facility. Everyone who comes out to be in our tournament raves about the set-up and our great prizes.  We really thank all of our sponsors and donors who make our tournament the success that it is each year.”

A line of golf carts at the beginning of the 2015 IPA Golf Tournament
Hole-in-One sponsor, Cutter Auto Group, had the two prize vehicles on display at Ewa Beach Golf Club near the caravan of golf carts ready for the tournament.

Sponsors of the 2015 IPA Golf Tournament included:
2015 IPA Golf Tournament sponsor logos

Blue Level Sponsor: Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris Attorneys At Law

Golf Sponsor: KSF Inc. Structural & Construction Engineering

Silver Sponsors:

Tee Sponsors: Delta Construction Corporation and Team “Doug Did It!”

IPA Fundraising Event Coordinator, Yvette Anseeuw, is pleased with the tournament success and grateful for the help of dozens of parent volunteers who help to plan and run the tournament. “We added a fun novelty of being able to get lucky drawing tickets the length of your arm span.  Tall golfers were really popular with the other golfers who borrowed their long arm spans to get their strip of tickets,” Anseeuw shared.  “The addition of a putting contest, silent auction, and live entertainers also helped to add a lot of excitement to this year’s event,” says Anseeuw.

Golfers check-in at the IPA Golf Tournament
Golfers could purchase lucky drawing tickets as long as their arm span as they received their swag bags at tournament check-in.

Anseeuw credits a hard-working golf committee who volunteer their time to spread the word about the tournament, bring in prizes, and find new donors and sponsors. “We are so lucky to have a strong golf committee with many parents and friends who are also golfers,” says Anseeuw.  The 2015 IPA Golf Tournament raised over $22,000 to supplement IPA’s Athletics budget.

A brand new golf glove awaited every golfer at the 2015 IPA Golf Tournament
Parent volunteer, Aja-Ann Woodman, shares a laugh with Golf Tournament committee member and fellow parent Keith Kodani.  Every golfer received a FootJoy golf glove as  part of their swag bag.

The 2015 IPA Golf Tournament committee members included:

  • Skip Duplechain (Alumni parent of Victoria ’11 and Theo ’11)
  • Derek Kamm (IPA Trustee)
  • Keith Kodani (IPA parent of Taylor ’17)
  • TJ Kua (Aloha Golf Center)
  • Joey Tadeo (Aloha Golf Center)
  • Wayne Yamamoto (IPA Alumni and current parent of Jordan ’15 and Dylan ’16)

Golfer tees off during the 2015 IPA Golf Tournament
Hole sponsorship by many local companies and businesses help support the IPA Golf Tournament.  Above: A golfer tees off at the hole sponsored by KSF, Inc.

One of the unique aspects of the IPA Golf Tournament is how teams are selected for prizes.  Bernadette Axelrod, Director of Advancement, explains why it’s not necessarily the top 3 teams who win. “Several years ago we decided to honor IPA’s opening day of September 13, 2004, in the way we give out our team awards.  Along with the traditional low-net and high-net team prizes, we also give prizes to the teams who come in 4th, 9th, and 13th place,” says Axelrod.  “This year was our 9th annual tournament so the 9th place team actually got a great prize.”

A hole-in-one could win a golfer at car at the 2015 IPA Golf Tournament
A golfer tees off at one of the Hole In One car prize holes sponsored by Cutter Auto.

“Another thing that golfers love about our tournament is how quickly we move things along,” says Anseeew.  “As soon as the golfers begin play at the shotgun start, we start pulling lucky numbers. When golfers finish their 18-holes and come back to the banquet room, we’re ready to hand out prizes.  That along with a 2-putt max and a bogey max really keeps play moving right along,” Anseeuw says.

Golfers ponder their next move at the 2015 IPA Golf Tournament
IPA Trustee and Golf Tournament committee member, Derek Kamm (green shirt), pauses to strategize his next move at a hole.

Over 100 items including two flat-screen televisions (one of them 55″), a stainless steel cooler, numerous golf accessories and golf gift certificates made for a full prize table.

Prizes, swag bag items, and bentos were provided by: Acushnet Company, Aloha Golf Center, Big Island Candies, Ben Vega & Maila Gibson, Castle Resorts, Cutter, Dave & Buster’s, Dee Paz, Derek Kamm, dk Restaurants, Ewa Beach Golf Club, Team Doug Did It!, Frito-Lay Hawaii, Hoakalei Country Club, JNJ Food & Beverage, Jaydina Bright, Ka’anapali Golf Course, Kahili Golf Course, Kaneohe Clipper Golf Course, Kapolei Golf Course, Ko Olina Golf Course, Koolau Golf Course, Manson Products, Inc., Mililani Golf Club, Nanea Golf Club , Panda Travel, Paradise Beverages, Poipu Bay Resorts Golf Course, Princeville Makai Golf Course, Roberts Hawaii, Roger Dunn, Pearl City, Sandy Ham, Skip Dupelchain, Southern Wines & Spirits of HI, Sun Mountain Sports, Tanioka’s Seafood & Catering, The Anseeuw Family, The Barber Shop, The Club at Hokuli’a, The Swartz Family, The Waianae Store, Turtle Bay Golf Club, Waikoloa Beach Resort & Kings’ Courses, Wailea Blue Golf Course, Wailea Golf Club, Watanabe Floral, Inc., and Zippy’s Restaurants.

Beautiful weather and a great course for the 2015 IPA Golf Tournament
Two threesomes finish up a hole during the IPA Golf Tournament at Ewa Beach Golf Club.

In addition to team place prizes and the enticing possibility of hole-in-one prizes, the IPA Golf Tournament also awards both a men’s and women’s prize for the Longest Drive and Closest To The Pin at select holes.

Winning low-net team at the 2015 IPA Golf Tournament
Low-net threesome Gregg Fujie, Michael DiLorenzo, and Mike Ferreria pose with IPA’s Golf Tournament trophy.

With a score of 57.47, Gregg Fujie, Michael DiLorenzo, and Mike Ferreria were the low-net winners and will have their names added to the IPA Golf Tournament perpetual trophy.  Each took home a new golf bag as well.

Ben and Maila perform at the 2015 IPA Golf Tournament
Popular duo Ben and Maila provide entertainment during the dinner and awards banquet at IPA’s 9th Annual Golf Tournament.

Na Hoku Hanohano award winners Ben Vegas and Maila Gibson were the evening’s entertainers. “Ben and Maila were a wonderful addition,” says Anseeuw.  “We were thrilled to have them at our tournament; Ben set up their gear and then played on a threesome!  The majority of our golfers stayed all the way to the very end of the awards banquet to enjoy their performance.”

Stay tuned for news about IPA’s 10th Annual Golf Tournament.