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Sentry to allow limited number of fans

Fans watch former champions Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas play the Kapalua Plantation Course’s first hole in the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions. A limited number of fans will be allowed for the 2021 event in January, but only at the 18th hole. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

The Maui News

The Sentry Tournament of Champions golf tournament has announced that it is on track to host its annual event with a limited amount of fans onsite in 2021 when it returns to The Plantation Course at Kapalua, Jan. 7-10.

According to a news release sent to The Maui News on Tuesday, the event has worked with the PGA Tour and local and state governments “on a stringent health and safety plan to confidently host the best players on the PGA Tour and a limited number of ticketed guests onsite.” The number of tickets to be available is still to be determined; ticket information will be announced at a later date.

“We’re excited about the progress made to safely host the 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions,” Alex Urban, the event’s executive director, said in the news release. “Safety is the utmost priority for everyone on site, and the PGA Tour has been able to successfully navigate a safe return to competition during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has continued through the start of the 2020-21 season.”

Since the resumption of the PGA Tour in June, there have been no fans allowed at any tournament. However, that changes this week with a limited number of spectators allowed at the Bermuda Championship. Next week’s Houston Open will also allow fans.

Along with participating players, staff and volunteers, the Tournament of Champions will feature a limited number of fans in a venue designed with health and safety protocols in mind, specifically laid out to focus on social distancing.

The venue, named the Aloha Club, will feature a limited kama’aina option as well as exclusive tournament offerings. Ticketed guests will be limited to the area of the venue and will not be permitted to roam the course in compliance with PGA Tour health and safety guidelines.

Located on the 663-yard 18th hole, the Aloha Club provides views of the finishing hole and includes onsite parking as well as other offerings found on the tournament website, sentrytournamentofchampions.com.

The venue will be open-air and located at ground level to accommodate adequate social distancing regulations. Groups of seating, drink rail and other areas will be spaced six feet apart in accordance with regulations.

Ticketed fans will be asked to wear their masks onsite, except for when eating or drinking.

“We’ll continue to work diligently with national, state and local governments and health officials alongside the Tour to bring a successful tournament to the Maui community in January,” Urban said. “We are so proud to be leading the way in returning world-class events to Hawaii.”

The tournament will also include a pro-am and the Honorary Observers program. For more information on both programs, contact Urban at alexurban@pgatourhq.com or 665-9160, or visit the tournament website.

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