The following information is provided by the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association:
2012 Girls’ Junior America’s Cup – Wailea Golf Club, Maui
Kihei, Hawaii, July 16, 2012 – Team Hawaii is gearing up for a very special week on Maui at the beautiful and challenging Wailea Golf Club- Gold Course. The Hawaii Team is led by Captain Cathy Torchiana, LPGA, from Kihei, who retired from college coaching after twelve years at USC and being inducted into the National Golf Coaches Hall of Fame. Cathy will be leading a very talented and very young Hawaii Team, Eimi Koga (Honolulu), Mariel Galdiano (Honolulu), Rose Huang (Honolulu), Ciera Min (Hilo).
Hawaii hosts this prestigious tournament only once every 18 years for the girls and once every 17 years for the boys. The tournament is filled with long standing traditions and ceremony. These traditions embrace the GJAC Philosophy:
Bring together girls from various states and countries
Cultivate new friendships and mutual respect
Promote a better understanding of our regional history and customs
Allow girls to learn about different cultures
Develop pride in self, team, state and country
Hawaii and the HSJGA are anxious to show our mainland and international visitors the real meaning of aloha as the week begins Sunday, July 22 with a “Meet & Greet” at Hotel Wailea. The evening will be filled with good local food, a lei making demonstration, Snag Golf contests and the traditional gift exchange as the teams meet each other and their host families for the week. As the sun sets over the Pacific, the invited guests will enjoy a beautiful and powerful fire dance!
“This event would not be possible without the amazing donations from companies and individuals alike from all around the state and especially the amazing generosity of all the Wailea Host families, who are opening their homes to these young ladies for the week. I know for sure we could not have pulled this off without the Aloha Section PGA and the Wailea Golf Club who are always there for junior golf!” says Mary Bea Porter-King, HSJGA President. Other major sponsors include Pard & Betsy Erdman, Gannon’s A Pacific View Restaurant, HawaiiOnTV, Hotel Wailea, King Auto Group, Liliha Bakery, Marriott Wailea, MC&A and Tihati.
The public is welcome to enjoy some great golf at the Wailea Golf Club Monday through Thursday. On Monday, July 23, the practice round is followed by what will prove to be a memorable Opening Ceremony at 2:45 near the putting green, come early for a good seat! Kimokeo Kapahulehua will give a traditional Hawaiian blessing followed by the Royal Hawaiian Guard raising of the three country flags (Mexico, Canada & USA). The raising of the GJAC flag indicates the start of the tournament. The public is welcomed to attend the Opening Ceremony and watch the next generation of great young golfers at Wailea GC, free of charge!
Tournament rounds are Tuesday, July 24 through Thursday, July 26. The tournament is opened to spectators, support the Hawaii team or your favorite team from your home state or country!
For more information on sponsorships, volunteering etc., please contact Miki Ueoka, America’s Cup Tournament Director at 808-635-4642 or email@example.com.
Wailea Golf Club
100 Wailea Golf Club Drive
Wailea, Maui, Hawaii 96753-4000
Toll Free: 888-328-MAUI