PGA Classic raises money, supports local charities and kids.

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The Aloha Section held its annual PGA Classic—its principal annual fundraiser—at Kapolei Golf Course, on Oahu, April 29, 2011. Da Game Show creator John Byrne was there to photograph the action as a small front moved in and a wee mist formed. Nary a player was deterred as the festivities continued unabated all climaxing in the golf course’s stunning clubhouse, where the Aloha Section PGA Foundation donated $5,000 of its $31,000 raised to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii. (For more information on the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii click here.)

Additionally, the Foundation awarded nine scholarships of $1,500 each to winners who were selected based on academic excellence, involvement in the game of golf, community involvement and other criteria.

The field was able to enjoy the brunt of the Aloha Section PGA’s clout as prizes galore were liberally distributed to the entire field, most of whom gorged themselves after Kapolei’s chefs rolled out one sumptuous dish after another. When it comes to eating and drinking: these guys are good!

Byrne covered the affair as he does the ASPGA Newswire for the Section and wanted to get some new action photos. In spite of the weather, most of the participants were photographed.

The new Aloha Section PGA executive director is Stockton, CA-raised pro Anthony Valverde. Valverde was joined by ASPGA president Scott Ashworth, PGA of Kauai Lagoons, and the other board members as the team worked hard to ensure that contributing golfers, youngsters, and local charities were the true winners. The PGA’s Hawaii chapter raised more awareness and money as a result of this event that any other in years.

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