02 Oct Ka’anapali Golf Courses to host 2019 Ka’anapali Classic – Collegiate Invitational
Ka’anapali Golf Courses – managed by Billy Casper Golf – will host golfers from 20 universities across America in the 2019 Ka’anapali Classic – Collegiate Invitational, October 31 – November 3rd on the Royal Course.
The sixth annual 54-hole, individual and team stroke-play tournament features the men’s teams from Boise, California – Los Angeles, California – Santa Barbara, Clemson, Connecticut, George Washington, Georgia, Gonzaga, Hawaii-Manoa (host), Kansas, Liberty, Northern Texas, Oklahoma, Sacramento State, South Carolina, Southern Illinois, U.S. Air Force Academy, U. of Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.
Sutee Nitakorn, PGA Director of Golf at Ka’anapali Golf Courses talks about the field, “It’s great to see Clemson back in this year after they won in 2016 and there will be some tough competition from Georgia and Oklahoma, who are always running for the team trophy.” Nitakorn adds, “The Ka’anapali event has traditionally hosted some amazing individual players, many whom we now see playing on Tour like Aaron Wise, Bryson Nimmer and Collin Morikawa – it’s a great way for the Maui community and those visiting Ka’anapali to come out and see these guys before they make it big on Tour.”
With the last two holes of the Royal Course with water coming into play, previous winners have clenched the title on these two final holes of the 54-hole event. The 17th short par 3 over water is known to beckon golfers to go for the pin and the final hole stretches along 440 yards of lagoon to a bunker protected green. Arnold Palmer once said that the 18th at Ka’anapali was “among the toughest holes on Tour.”
Previous tournament winners include:
|Year||Individual Champion||Team Champions|
|2014||Aaron Wise (Oregon)||Oregon|
|2015||Zach Healy (Georgia)||Oklahoma|
|2016||Doc Redman (Clemson)||Clemson|
|2017||K.K. Limbhasut (Cal)||LSU|
|2018||Sebastian Crampton (Cal)||California|
Walking spectators are welcome to watch the tournament daily on the Royal Ka’anapali Course. The official practice round on Thursday begins at 12:30pm (shotgun), with the tournament rounds beginning at 8:30am (shotgun start) Friday through Sunday.
Updates and scores will be posted on Ka’anapali’s Facebook page, Instagram @kaanapaligolf and #KaanapaliClassic19