In the last week of June, Kapalua’s famed Plantation and Bay Courses were home to more than 100 golfers who were invited to the competition, which was sponsored by Island Sotheby's International Realty. For Shelton, it was nothing new - he helped found the event in 1987 as a way to promote local golfers, boost activity at the Kapalua Resort and give back to help Maui residents.
“Our goal was to become large enough to be recognized by the Aloha Section PGA and to give back to the community,” said Shelton, adding that they’ve been recognized by the local PGA organization for nearly 30 years.
Joel Navarro, Rob Shelton, Professional Ben Hongo and Ben Willis at the tournament.
Decades later, the competition draws dozens of golfers, who compete on teams comprised of one professional and three amateurs. This year, 112 players across 28 teams participated in the three day event, which is typically held on the last weekend of June each year.
Shelton said that event beneficiaries are Maui Special Olympics and the Lahainaluna High School Golf Program. In addition to being supported by Island Sotheby's, the event was sponsored Nike and E-Z Go, distributed by Golf Concepts and Maui Jim Sunglasses.
“We are proud of the fact that we have been able to give back to the community in such a meaningful way,” said Shelton. “And I would like to thank the many people involved who help put this event together.”