First Tee – Hawai‘i: PGA Tour winner Tony Finau joins over 100 juniors in free golf clinic
Ahead of the 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions, Ka‘anapali Golf Courses and Sentry Insurance invited over 200 attendees, including 115 juniors from Maui aged 3 to 18, to a free interactive clinic in support of First Tee – Hawai‘i and the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association.
Notable speakers included PGA TOUR winners Russell Henley, Tony Finau and Golf Channel/NBC Sports analyst and longtime Maui resident, Mark Rolfing.
First Tee – Hawai‘i integrates golf with a life skills curriculum to create active learning experiences for juniors that build self-confidence and resiliency.
Pete McPartland, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Sentry, said: “Sentry has been a corporate trustee of the First Tee since 2021.
“Sentry is dedicated to advancing the accessibility and inclusivity of recreational golf for individuals from diverse backgrounds and in communities of all sizes across the United States.”
The Aloha Section PGA and First Tee – Hawai‘i volunteers donated their time to produce a memorable event for Maui’s juniors.
Ka‘anapali’s driving range hosted swing lessons by PGA Professionals and “hit the whale” inflatable targets. Short game drills included “chipping darts” and wedge shots to different yardage circles. Rental clubs were provided complimentary by Ka‘anapali Golf Courses and Callaway Golf.
Chris Noda, Executive Director of First Tee – Hawai‘i and HSJGAm said: “The advantage of having Ka‘anapali in close proximity to Kapalua is that it’s a great opportunity to showcase golf options to the juniors in our community.
“We want to further raise awareness of the fantastic programs that First Tee – Hawai‘i has to offer statewide.”