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    • 2014 Acura Hawaii Pro-Junior Skills Challenge

    Five of Hawaii's top junior golfers - Zoey Akagi-Bustin, Ariel Elftman-Hanson, Kaci Masuda, Tyler Munetake and John Oda - earned spots to play alongside PGA TOUR professionals Mark Wilson (2011 Sony Open Champion), Jerry Kelly (2002 Sony Open Champion), fan favorite John Daly and China's golf prodigy Tianlang Guan, in the annual Acura Hawaii Pro-Junior Skills Challenge.

    Scheduled at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7 during Sony Open tournament week, the two-man (or woman) team competition is a fun, free community event that highlights the Hawaii's best junior golfers and generates $20,000 to benefit the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association (HSJGA) from participating pro purse donations and generous sponsor support.

    A three-hole scramble shootout, this event will be held at Waialae Country Club's 10th, 11th and 18th holes. Junior qualifying for the Skills Challenge, is an annual, season-long points competition administered by the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association.

    HSJGA golfers earn points at each competition sanctioned by the organization. Points are calculated based on their performances. Points are awarded for special achievements like Player of the Year honors.

    "This event gives us a chance to show off Hawaii's top junior golfers," said Dan Keppel, president of Acura Hawaii, title sponsor of the event. "And for them to have an opportunity to meet and compete alongside international golf stars is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

    Additional sponsors for the event include skills sponsors Kraft Foods Group in Hawaii, Monarch Insurance and Mobi PCS; community sponsor Aloha Section PGA; and media sponsor KHON 2 FOX-TV. Swoish Produce and Enza also contributed to promoting this community event. The Acura Hawaii Pro-Junior Skills Challenge is an official event of the Sony Open in Hawaii, and the first of the various tournament competitions open to the public.

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