I'll be rooting for Tadd and Lorens
The Young Sony Open
By Kickntrue on 1/14/09
The Sony Open kicks off in Hawaii and we'll get to see a couple young golfers in action.

Young gun Tadd Fujikawa will be back in action in an event he's made quite a splash at in the past. He had to play his way into the field earlier this week.

Also playing will be 14 year old Lorens Chan who earned his way into the field by winning a Hawaii event for Junior golfers.
Among the 144 players at Waialae this week is Lorens Chan, who is four years away from a high school diploma and still needs adult supervision to drive a golf cart.

But the question is not what a 14-year-old is doing inside the ropes at a PGA Tour event.

It's why more PGA Tour events don't try to copy the Sony Open.

For the last decade or so, the Sony Open has used one of its four unrestricted sponsor exemptions on a top amateur from Hawaii.

They are chosen through the Governor's Cup, a yearlong competition named after former Gov. John Burns, who wanted to help develop junior golf on the island. The 12 amateurs who qualify then compete in an 18-hole tournament at Waialae in late December.
Pretty cool. Get young golfers involved who actually EARNED their spot in the field.

Via DogsChasingCars.com

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