It was a beautiful Ewa day (no vog, a few fluffy clouds, and a mild, cooling breeze) and 141 golfers of all skill levels took on the Hawaiʻi Prince Golf Courses B and C on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 20, 2008. The field had a good mix of old-timers, with representatives from all of the Classes from 1977-1990, and young up-and comers, from every class since 1998. Before the tournament, the Richardson Golf Association held its first annual putting contest, awarding some fabulous golf prizes, including three top-of-the-line putters. The tournament itself was in a modified 1-2 best ball format, and included a contest for not only the lowest net score but fewest net putts (the Nick Garcia contest). The current Miss Hawaiʻi contestants joined the tournament on one of the contest holes to take pictures of (or with) the golfers. The tournament raises money for the U.H. Elder Law Program and for scholarships for law students who have demonstrated a commitment to public service. A sumptuous tournament banquet, held at the Hawaiʻi Princes' Bird of Paradise restaurant, included fresh poke, fried tako, tossed salad, soy beans, chow mein, salmon, mochiko chicken, hoisin salmon, and the Hawaiʻi Prince's famous desserts.
Mahalo to Mina Brinkopf for preparing and playing a clever PowerPoint video recap of previous years' tournaments and of prior scholarship awardees. Thanks to Colin K. Kurata ('78) for emceeing the event and handing out some fantabulous prizes, including two special grand prizes donated in memory of Phillip F. Moon, a long-time tournament participant and friend of many of the golfers. The tournament committee consisted of co-chairs Colin Kurata ('78), Jim Williston ('78), Jim Stone ('76) and Carter Siu ('99), and members Stuart Kaneko ('77), David Arakawa ('81), Harlan Kimura ('82), Sesnita Moepono ('86), Wendy Yamamoto ('02), Scott Suzuki ('04), Sieu Che ('05), Ming Chi ('05), Shawn Benton ('06), Nathan Nelson ('06), Levi Hookano ('06), Rich Lee ('07), Geoff Sogi ('09), Warren Yamamoto ('09) and Amy Morton ('09). Thanks to them all for a job well done. A tourney recap, including a list of contest winners, sponsors and prize donors will be included in the Alumni Association's next newsletter.