Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The Sony Open Gets It, Gives Exemption to Kiddo That Earned It
The Sony Open might be smarter than most golf tournaments. Instead of just giving out sponsor's exemptions to any 'ol hack, they are giving one out to a kid that actually earned it. Cue the anti-Michelle Wie music.
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.
First prize? A spot in the Sony Open.
"That's pretty cool," Geoff Ogilvy said. "More tournaments should do that."
I really do like this idea. Lorens Chan, a freshman in high school, earned his way with a birdie on the first playoff hole, what he calles "the shot of his life." I bet we all could imagine.
Anyway, I think this is a great idea by the Sony Open. Since they are known for letting young chaps in the field, it might as well be something earned.