Sawada wins 4th annual First Tee of Hawaii Shootout
At Hoakalei Country Club on Wednesday, Mililani-graduate Jared Sawada won the 4th annual First Tee of Hawaii Shootout.
Sawada shot a 2-under 70 to win by two strokes in Wednesday's 8-man final. Alex Ching and Sam Cyr finished just behind him tied for second at even par. For winning, Sawada takes home $14,000.
The shootout started with a qualifier on Monday. The match-play field was then cut down to 32 golfers. The pros that did not make the eight player final were invited to play in Wednesday's Pro-Am.
This year's Pro tournament and Pro-Am served as a fundraiser for Hawaii's First Tee program. According to their website, The First Tee of Hawaii offers programs for youth ages 5 to 17. Participants receive professional instruction, discounted access to golf courses, practice facilities and golf equipment to use if needed.
When asked about the other opportunities this program provides, Stephen Small of First Tee Hawaii explained, "the kids get a chance to play at Pebble Beach in the First Tee Open and have opportunities for scholarships, and they're learning lessons along the way that will help them find success - whatever that is for them".
For more information on The First Tee and its future Hawaii events, visit https://www.thefirstteehawaii.org/.