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Emily T Gail Talk Story-John Porter, Luge Coach, Judge, Mentor, Enthusiast
February 24, 2018 12:13 PM PST
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Did you watch LUGE at the Winter Olympics? Curious to know more about the sport. This is a talk story I had with John Porter 4 years ago on my ESPN Hawaii Emily T Gail Show. I listened to the show again last week after watching LUGE to refresh what John, who has been involved in the sport of LUGE for many years had shared with us. It was so interesting so I am running it again. John explains the development process for luge athletes, the significant differences between natural track and artificial track luge.

He also explains why it can be said that three of the five luge tracks in the country are located in Michigan. The artificial track at the Muskegon State Park which is iced is one. The 2-curve fiberglass track on which wheeled-sleds are used during three seasons in the state park is another. And then there is the half-mile long natural track in Negaunee, Michigan on which competitions at the local, national, continental, and World Cup levels have been held for 29 years.

It was a fun conversation for several reason. Informative however best of all John and I were classmates, played in our high school band together and was great to reconnect.

Emily T Gail Talk Story- Mark Rolfing, NBC Golf Channel
January 28, 2018 07:49 PM PST
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Always fun to talk story with Mark Rolfing, NBC Golf Channel d
during the MItsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

We covered a lot of subjects. JR De Groote, Sports Editor West Hawaii Today was with us. I turned on my recorder as we were heading over to the Golf Channel Broadcast Booth where we were going to park and talk story in event Mark had to get on air. Mark was sharing a story about Tiger Woods and Peter Jacobson and Fluff Cowan who had been Peter's Caddie and ended up with Tiger. I met Fluff through Peter and followed all that so thought it was a story told by mark I wanted to share.

After we settled in while we were talking I shifted into video ... so our sound shifts at that point. I put the two together so I could share our whole talk story.

Emily T Gail Talk Story-Brendan Moynahan, Director of Golf Hualalai Four Seasons Resort
January 27, 2018 08:00 PM PST
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Brendan Moynahan talks story with JR DeGroote, Sports Editor West Hawaii Today and me at the 2018 PGA TOUR Champions MItsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai on Hawaii Island after the 2nd round was complete and his long time friend Jerry Kelly was one of the leaders.

Brendan is the Director of Golf Operations at Hualalai and shares stories about the Mitsubishi Electric Championship and his experiences with many of the Champions Tour players including Jerry Kelly who Brendan met when Brendan was Head Golf Professional at the Experience at Koele
on Lanai in Hawaii.

Brendan talks about his Dad Mike Moynahan who was a Master Club maker, who won awards for his craft and contributed in many ways to the game of golf and charities.

Jerry Kelly won the Mitsubishi Electric Championship and gave Brendan a whole lot of credit for the comfort Jerry feels playing in Hawaii at the Sony and at the Hualalai Golf Course home of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

Brendan represented Hawaii in the US Amateur Golf Tournament in 1987 and 1989. After turning professional in 1991 Brendan won 10 Aloha Section PGA tournaments and represented Hawaii eight times in the PGA Club Professional Championships.

Brendan became an associate and teaching golf professional at Kapalua Golf Resort on the island of Maui, upon his return to the Islands, earning more accolades, such as the Maui Golf Magazine Player of the Year award in 1997 and Assistant Professional of the Year in 1998 by the Aloha Section of the PGA. He then moved to Lanai and became the head golf professional of the island’s two esteemed courses. In 2005, Moynahan returned to Hawaii Island, where his family resides, assuming the role of Head Golf Professional at Hualalai Golf Club. In 2009, he was promoted to his current position as Director of Golf.

Emily T Gail Talk Story -Jerry Kelly Winner 2018 PGA TOUR Champions Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai
January 24, 2018 11:56 AM PST
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Jerry Kelly, winner of the PGA TOUR Champions 2018 MItsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai on Hawaii Island was very happy as he talked with Laura Vescovi, PGA TOUR Champions Communications Manager, JR DeGroote, West Hawaii Today, Paul Arnett, Honolulu Star- Advertiser and myself.

JR De Groote's WHT column today had the headline ...

Kelly Birdies 18, shocks Montgomerie with 1st win at Hualalai.

Here is an excerpt from JR's column that tells well how Jerry won.

"Staring down the wide 16th fairway at Hualalai, Kelly sliced his drive into an usually untouched patch of a’a lava. After a short search-and-rescue, the PGA TOUR Champions newly-named Rookie of the Year dropped his ball, saved bogey, kept his head, and down just a stroke, gave himself a chance.

He would still need a little help to chase down Colin Montgomerie, but that came when the Hall of Fame Scot made an inexplicable mistake of his own on 18, setting up a finish for the ages at the Champions Tour’s season-opening event.

In front of a crowd of 400-plus on the 18th green, Kelly nailed a 17-foot birdie putt, turning a one-shot deficit into a victory when he watched Montgomerie miss a 6-foot par putt."

It was a beautiful trophy and closing presentation on Golf Channel and like every year the Lim Family Hula Halua performing on the 18th to a large crowd.

I loved Jerry comments about his long time friendship with Brendan Moynahan, Director of Golf Operations at Hualalai and how their friendship played a part in his win. Fun stuff.

Emily T Gail Talk Story with fellow Detroiter Jack Berry reflecting on his 50+ years as a Sports Writer
January 15, 2018 09:43 AM PST
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Jack Berry is a long time friend and in many ways has been a mentor.
We had a fun talk story. Reminded me how much I love my friendship with Jack and mutual support. I hope you will listen.

Whether you were a reader of Jack's during his many years at the Detroit News, and now in his retirement with Art and Jeannie McCafferty's Michigan Golfer or just enjoy taking about sports and how it weaves into our lives and friendships I think you will pick up how much Jack loves what he does so well. Tells stories.

And I love pulling the stories out of Jack ... about how he has made a difference. Like how he was the one who got the locker room ban of females into the locker at the Masters lifted because he felt it was the right thing for them to do and he was going to do something about it. Jack covered 43 Masters!!!!

This is the bio from when Jack was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2003.

Jack Berry is a renowned sports writer who honed his ability reporting sports in the Detroit area. Beginning his sports writing career with the UPI, United Press International, in Detroit, he went on to write for both the Free Press and the Detroit News. A talented writer, Jack covered most sports and all of our national sports teams. Covering golf for many years allowed Jack to bear witness to some of the great events in golf. Jack also loved writing about amateur golf and covered 30-plus Michigan Amateurs. For committee service on the Michigan Golf Summits I and II, he received an Outstanding Service Award.

Jack wrote about Michigan golf for 40 years. During this time, he had a strong, national influence on promoting the sport for all golfers. He served for more than ten years on the Board of Directors of the National Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), two years in the mid 80’s as President and eight years in the 90’s as Secretary-Treasurer. As President in 1984, he successfully intervened with Augusta National Golf Club Chairman, Hord Hardin, to lift the ban on female reporters in the Masters’ locker room.

Golf throughout the state of Michigan benefited from Jack Berry’s powerful pen. He advanced the promotion of golf in our state by writing the Guide to Michigan Golf, first published in 1991 and updated in 1993. He followed this in 1992, with an influential inside back cover column for Golf World entitled, “A Convincing Case for Michigan: When it comes to golf, this Northern state is state of the art.” Jack also used his skills to promote and publicize the formation of the Michigan Women’s Publinx Golf Association and the Metro Detroit Executive Women’s Golf Association. He is a regular contributor to the Michigan Golfer. The GAM Distinguished Award in 1997 acknowledged his wealth of contributions to amateur golf and more than three decades of writing that inspired the growth and maintained the popularity of golf in Michigan.

Since retiring, he freelances for national and local golf publications. Locally, he serves as the GWAA’s representative at Michigan State University, interviewing journalism students as prospective scholarship recipients. He hosts an annual celebrity golf day fundraiser for the Friends of Wayne County Parks Committee. He has four bright, beautiful and loving daughters with whom he is very close.

Elected to Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2003.

Emily T Gail - Kelly Fliear, PGA TOUR Champions Tournament Manager Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai
January 11, 2018 06:35 PM PST
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Kelly Fliear, Tournament Manager, PGA TOUR Champions Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai gives an overview of the PGA TOUR Champions event Thursday-Saturday January 18-20 at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. He talks about the field of 44 players who have earned a spot in the season opening tournament including current World Golf Hall of Fame members like Fred Couples, Hale Irwin, Tom Watson, Craig Stadler and Mark O'Meara. Fliear talks about the volunteer efforts of over 400 volunteers organized by the Rotary Club of Kona (Co-chairs Larry Webb & Kris Hazard) and monies raised for the Rotary Club of Kona Community Foundation to distribute to charities and non profit and community projects, Big Island Junior Golf and the Daniel Sayre Foundation.

Bernhard Langer defends at the 54 hole stroke play tournament which will be broadcast on NBC Golf Channel 2-5 pm each day. Tickets are available at pgatour.com/mec or at the gate. $25 daily. $45 for the 3 days. Juniors complimentary.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai PGA TOUR Champions eligible players who will play Thursday-Saturday January 18-20 are ...

2018 Eligible Player Field

1. Michael Allen
2. Stephen Ames
3. Woody Austin
4. Paul Broadhurst
5. Olin Browne
6. Mark Calcavecchia
7. Fred Couples
8. Marco Dawson
9. Joe Durant
10. Carlos Franco
11. David Frost
12. Fred Funk
13. Doug Garwood
14. Paul Goydos
15. Jay Haas
16. Kohki Idoki
17. Hale Irwin
18. Miguel Angel Jimenez
19. Brandt Jobe
20. Jerry Kelly
21. Tom Kite
22. Peter Jacobsen
23. Bernhard Langer
24. Tom Lehman
25. Sandy Lyle
26. Jeff Maggert
27. Scott McCarron
28. Rocco Mediate
29. Colin Montgomerie
30. Mark O’Meara
31. Jesper Parnevik
32. Tom Pernice Jr.
33. Loren Roberts
34 Gene Sauers
35. Jeff Sluman
36. Vijay Singh
37. Craig Stadler
38. Kevin Sutherland
39. Esteban Toledo
40. David Toms
41. Kirk Triplett
42. Duffy Waldorf
43. Tom Watson
44. Mark Wiebe

Emily T Gail Talk Story is available as free iTunes podcast and at EmilyTGail.podomatic.com. For information contact Emily at 896-6780 or emilytgaiil@emilys.org

Emily T Gail -Wes Wailehua Executive Director/CEO Aloha Section PGA and Foundation
December 01, 2017 04:00 PM PST
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Emily T Gail Talk Story Show

Wes Wailehua, Executive Director/C.E.O. Aloha Section PGA and Foundation talks about the Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii State Open in partnership with the Aloha Section PGA coming up December 15-17. Hawaii’s most prestigious and historic golf event of the year of professionals and amateurs is a 54-hole stroke play championship event consists of four divisions: Men’s Open, Men’s Senior Open, Women’s Open, and Men’s A-Flight. Spectators are welcome.

Wes also gives an overview of the Aloha Section PGA and the member's role in the growth of the game and care of the golf industry that involves over 25,000 employees in over a 100 facilities in Hawaii.

The Aloha Section PGA Foundation is very involved in the offering of clinics, supporting Junior Golf Programs and many amateur and professional events. Monies raised with the foundation also support scholarships.

The Emily T Gail Talk Story Show is available at emilytgailtalkstory.podomatic.com, Emily T Gail Talk Story and Emily T Gail on face book and is a free iTunes podcast. For more information contact Emily at 896-6780 or emilytgail@emilys.org

Here is some back story to the history of the Hawaii State Open ... which became the Hawaiian Open ...

Past champions include 1987 U.S. Open Champion Scott Simpson and local favorites Japan PGA touring professional David Ishii and PGA Tour player Dean Wilson. David is the only player to have won both the Hawaii State Open and the Hawaiian Open. The Hawaii State Open is one of Hawaii’s oldest tournaments and has an interesting history. According to the Aloha Section PGA web site, it began in 1974 as a revival of the original Hawaiian Open which began in the 1920's to determine the best golfer in the Islands. Great players from the mainland were invited to compete and did so for more than 30 years. Because of the diversity of players and the boost in economy from these events, three former Waialae Country Club presidents, Ken Brown, John Bellinger and Francis Wright asked the PGA Tour in 1965, to add the Hawaiian Open as a regular stop on the PGA Tour. Although this was a great commercial success, it restricted Hawaiian pros and amateurs from participating in the Hawaiian Open, since now to play in the event, you had to be a playing member on the PGA Tour.

So for a few years there was not a premier event for Hawaiian players. The tournament was revived in 1974 and it was called the Hawaii State Open with same mission: to find the best golfer in Hawaii with the Ted Makalena perpetual trophy after Makalena who was the first Hawaii resident to win a PGA Tour event – the 1966 PGA Tour Hawaiian Open. In 1976, a women’s division was added. In 1989, a senior division was added. It was run by the Oahu Junior Golf Association until 1993 when it was taken over by the Aloha Section PGA and in 2006 the Aloha Section PGA Foundation took over and has full fields each year.

Emily T Gail- Greg McLaughlin, President, PGA TOUR Champions
November 08, 2017 02:23 PM PST
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Greg McLaughlin, President PGA TOUR Champions talks about the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai returning to the Big Island of Hawaii for the 22nd year.

It's the season opening event for the PGA TOUR Champions with official event champions of the 2016 and 2017 seasons, winners of the majors from recent years and professionals by invitation with a minimum of five or more career victories, including one major.

Played on the beautiful Hualalai Golf Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu, the Pro-Am is on Tuesday January 16 and Wednesday January 17

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday January 18-19-20 is the 54 hole stroke play event broadcast on NBC Golf Channel. It's a 1.8 million purse. Bernhard Langer defends.

Advance tickets are available at pgatour.com/mec $20 One Day Pass / $40 Tournament Pass (purchase on website) or at the Gate tournament week for $25 Tournament Day and $ 45 Tournament Week Pass .

I think one of the best aspects of this Mitsubishi Electric Championship is monies raised for our local charities. The Rotary Club of Kona organizes the 300+ volunteers with Kris Hazard and Larry Webb continuing as volunteer co-chairs and in return the tournament donates to the Rotary Club of Kona Community Foundation. Big Island Junior Golf and the Daniel R Sayre Foundation are also recipients.

2018 Eligible Player Field: Michael Allen, Stephen Ames, Woody Austin, Paul Broadhurst, Fred Couples, John Daly, Marco Dawson, Joe Durant, Carlos Franco, David Frost, Doug Garwood, Paul Goydos, Jay Haas, Kohki Idoki, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Brandt Jobe, Jerry Kelly, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, Jeff Maggert, Scott McCarron, Rocco Mediate, Colin Montgomerie, Jesper Parnevik, Tom Pernice,Jr., Kenny Perry, Gene Sauers, Vijay Singh, Esteban Toledo, Kirk Triplett, Duffy Waldorf, Mark Wiebe
Sponsor Exemptions: Olin Browne, Mark Calcavecchia, Fred Funk, Peter Jacobsen, Corey Pavin, Loren Roberts, Jeff Sluman, David Toms
Hall of Fame Eligible: Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Sandy Lyle, Larry Nelson, Mark O’Meara, Jose Maria Olazabal, Tom Watson, Ian Woosnam

I think it is significant that Greg McLaughlin was involved with many of the current PGA TOUR Champions players as they were coming up and making strides on the PGA TOUR.
Before he joined the PGA TOUR as Senior VP of PGA TOUR Championship Management, Greg was Tournament Director of the PGA Northern Trust Open (formerly Nissan Open), Honda classic, BMW Championship and Director of the Tiger Woods Foundation for 14 years. At the Nissan Open in 1992 at Rivera Country Club in LA Greg was responsible for providing Tiger Woods with his first exemption to compete in a PGA TOUR.

Fred Couples won the Nissan Open that year. I was at that 1992 Nissan Open and it was the first time I met Greg McLaughlin and it was the first time I ever saw Tiger Woods. He was around 16 years old. I was just venturing to other venues to cover golf and I'll always remember how helpful and friendly Greg was to me when I got press credentials for the Nissan Open over several years.

I appreciate having worked with and been very involved with the PGA TOUR Champions and Kelly Fliear, Tournament Manager for 22 years now. It's been fun to weave so many relationships in the world of golf in my hometown Detroit and Hawaii into my life.

For instance Brian Goin. Brian had been Tournament Director of the Ford Seniors in Detroit for many years and then as Director of PGA Tour Championship Management we worked together on the Mitsubishic Electric Championship at Hualalai. We have mutual friends in the Detroit Media and handful of my friends from Detroiters have for years played in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai Pro-AM and we have a few spots open for this year.

Greg and I mention Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc, Michigan being the site in September 2018 for the PGA TOUR Champions Ally Challenge. Warwick Hills hosted the Buick Open for 45 years through 2009. As a junior golfer aspiring to play professional golf in the 1960's, attending the Buick Open was very special.

So grateful for the game of golf and the relationships in my life through golf professionally and personally. Thanks for listening to the Emily T Gail Talk Story Show emilytgailtalkstory.podomatic.com.

Emily T Gail talks with Dr. Frank and Laura Sayre about the Daniel R Sayre Foundation
August 19, 2017 01:11 PM PDT
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Dr. Frank and Laura Sayre's son Daniel Sayre at the age of 25 lost his life in a hiking accident in Pololu Valley on the Big Island of Hawaii 20 years ago. (photo of Danny and Frank and Laura and daughter Laura).

Fire Rescue personnel risked their lives to recover Daniel's body ...

The Sayres learned the county had no program to honor rescue personnel who go above and beyond the call of duty.

They wondered why the Fire Department did not have ropes long enough to into the island’s deep valley, a safer option than using a helicopter in some circumstances.

Laura and Frank decided to buy two sets of rappelling ropes for the county — one for the Hilo side on the east and one for the Kona side on the west — at about $1,500 apiece and honor the fireman who had risked their lives to recover Daniels body.

And that was the start of the community supported Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation to raise funds for much need rescue equipment began. Saturday Sept. 2 they will celebrate 20 years and more than 1.75 million dollars raised and equipment purchased.

Laura and Frank share a lot of interesting and very informative information about the Rescue teams and the community response to all the needs.

Saturday Sept. 2 is the 20th Annual Daniel R Sayre Memorial Foundation dinner. It is one of the Big Island premier events at the Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani. Aloha or Evening Attire it includes a Silent Auction-in fact 3 ballrooms of silent auction items beginning at 4:30pm. The 5 star gourmet dinner begins at 6pm, wonderful music, beautiful program honoring some of the fireman for rescues made this year and a chance to meet the hundreds of supporters that attend every year because we all know that any given day could be us that needs a well equipped rescue team.

Go to danielrsayrefoundation.net for information, to donate or for tickets which are $110.

Funds raised have gone towards rope rescue equipment, rescue communication systems, ATV's, rescue boards, automatic defibrillators, jet skis, $38,000 refurbishing of the Rescue Boat, masks with voice communication to command boats and so much more.

Emily T Gail Talk Story w Sean Maekawa, Volunteer Assistant Golf Coach for Oregon Ducks
May 09, 2017 01:38 PM PDT
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Sean Maekawa is a Volunteer Assistant Golf Coach to Casey Martin for the University of Oregon Ducks. Sean was the 2007 Hawaii High School Champion and then played for the Ducks 2007-2011 and has been playing professionally since. We've been friends for long time so it was interesting to hear Sean talk about what he is learning about himself through this opportunity in his golf career to mentor the team members and work with Casey and be mentored by Casey.

Sean was in the Waikoloa Beach Junior Golf Program as a keiki and later helped with the program. Emily talks about Matt Rosato winning one of the BIIF golf tournaments at Waikoloa Beach Resort where he learned to play golf in their Junior Program as well. She talks about the merits of Junior Golf programs if just to learn the fundamentals or to pursue playing high school or college golf.

Emily has information on the Round Up at the Ranch Barbecue and Dance at Waikiki Ranch July 15 6-10pm to benefit the Daniel R Sayre Memorial Foundation. Funds raised will go towards purchasing equipment for the Hawaii Country Fire and Rescue.

Emily has information on Bike Share Kona and other PATH updates and how PATH efforts relate to the Bike Share in Detroit and other communities across the country.

She talks about the bike community in Detroit and Slow Roll and some of the people who are creating the bicycle culture that is so popular in the city.
And the city of Detroit is embracing the efforts.

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