The JASH 27th Annual Friendship Golf Classic was held on April 20th, 2017 at Hawaii Prince Golf Club in Ewa Beach. Mahalo to Atsushi and Mayumi Takebayashi from Move4Japan for providing the delicious yakisoba! Shochu donated by Kai Vodka was used for the JASH-traditional sake kanpai at noon, followed by a taiko shotgun sendoff performance by Dragon Beat.
With the taiko drums in the background, 113 golfers descended upon the course. Despite the rainy weather that persisted from the start of the tournament through its end, players persevered through the conditions to finish all 18 holes while participating in various contests such as the Hole-in-One and Closest to the Pin contests. Various snacks and refreshments were available at the Special Hole and the Cold Towel stations.
During the awards ceremony dinner, each participant received a door prize. The grand prize of a hotel stay and buffet dinner package at the Moana Surfrider and Kai Market was awarded to 27th place team winners, Wallace Afalava and Mark Sumida. The grand prize trophy was awarded to Mr. Afalava and Mr. Sumida by Consul General of Japan Yasushi Misawa. A wonderful dinner buffet prepared by the Bird of Paradise restaurant was enjoyed by all and the evening had a sweet ending with two delicious cakes from Liliha Bakery, donated by Mr. Alan Yamamoto.
JASH would like to thank our tournament sponsor, Pacific Guardian Life, for making this fundraiser a success this year. Thank you also to our other major sponsors, Titanium and Graphite sponsors, individual players, and many donors that supported our cause, click HERE to view our sponsors and donors for the tournament.
A big MAHALO to the volunteers that helped bring the tournament together! Thank you to volunteer Ray Tabata for taking photos throughout the rainy day. To view the tournament photo gallery, click HERE. Thank you to the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu for their continued support of the tournament – and special thanks to Consulate General of Japan Yasushi Misawa for presenting the trophy during our awards dinner.
We would also like to thank Lisa Kubota for being a wonderful emcee for our program. Her personality and great humor was the highlight of the evening. Finally, JASH gave a very special mahalo to the 2017 Golf Chair and JASH Board Chair Mr. Sal Miwa, who assisted throughout the entire preparation period of the tournament in securing sponsors, teams and donations.
To all the teams and players that participated in the tournament, thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you again!