SBS Tournament of Champions: Notebook

Strong finish

Mackenzie Hughes was never in contention Sunday, but he climbed up the SBS Tournament of Champions leaderboard after a 5-under-par 68 at the Kapalua Plantation Course.

“I was just a little more patient today,” said Hughes, who finished tied for 25th at 6-under 286. “Today I just told myself, even I wasn’t making them early on, just to stay patient and have a good attitude. That was the biggest thing, just an attitude adjustment.”

Hughes followed up two of his three bogeys in the round with a birdie on the next hole.

“When you have a good attitude, that helps with the bounce-back, I think,” he said.

Signing days

Residents and tourists alike lined up for autographs outside the scoring trailer after every golfer’s round.

“This is the only place that I get autographs because it’s the Tournament of Champions so you’ve got all the top golfers coming,” Marsha Wilson of British Columbia said Saturday. “We don’t go to any other golf tournament.”

Kahana resident Heather Singh — who held a large inflatable golf ball, a hat and a regular golf ball, all covered in signatures — said all of her children play golf, including Megan, 14, and Andrew, 13, who were standard bearers at this year’s event. She said her younger son, Michael, 10, likes to stand on the side for high-fives from players and to get the occasional ball.

“Living here, I love that,” she said. “This is like the highlight of our year. After the holidays, then we have these exciting four days.”

Raising money

The Hawaii State Junior Golf Association raised $10,000 this week by selling spots in Wednesday’s pro-am that were donated by Kapalua Golf.

“A gracious donation like this is how we’re able to keep junior golf opportunities so affordable throughout Hawaii,” HSJGA executive director said in a news release.

The tournament is raising money for other beneficiaries as well this year — the Boy Scouts, the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, Hale Makua Health Services, the J. Walter Cameron Center, Ka Lima O Maui, the Lahainaluna High School Foundation and the Golf for Maui Charities Program.

Last year’s event raised more than $350,000 for Maui charities.


“I just didn’t execute on the greens this week.”

— Dustin Johnson, who tied for sixth, seven shots back