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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.

Emily T Gail Talk Story -Dick Mudry longtime golf writer about the Masters
April 05, 2017 01:46 PM PDT
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Dick Mudry, long time golf writer including writing the copy for 10 years for the Masters Annual, a publication of Augusta National reflects on how the Masters has evolved from it's early years.

Dick reflects on the absence of his friend Arnold Palmer at the Masters, having passed away last year and how PGA player Sam Saunders, Arnold's grandson has helped carry on Arnie's legacy. He shares some thoughts on the current state of the PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour.

Dick lives in Florida and is a forever fan of his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates. He talks about his visits to spring training games this year
and the impact of MLB spring training on tourism. He shares why some clubs like the Detroit Tigers, who have a new facility reflecting the increase in attendance always have sold out games.

Emily T Gail Talk Story - Eric Francke, Hawaii Forest and Trail and my fellow hikers on the Kohala Waterfall Adventure
March 25, 2017 03:04 PM PDT
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I had an opportunity to take the Hawaii Forest and Trails Kohala Waterfall Adventure recently up in Hawi area at north end of the Island of Hawaii.

Eric Francke, our Interpretive Guide with Hawaii Forest & Trail who was so fun as he shared his knowledge and aloha. Eric, Sandy, Dennis, Chris, Victoria, and I all comment on the day. It was a sweet experience sharing the day together. Really sweet.

Jen Lawson, Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative talks about their mission and how Rob Pacheco, Founder/Owner Hawaii Forest & Trail has partnered and been supportive of Waikoloa Dry Forest restoration efforts of the wiliwili tree and native plants while educating the public. Jen has information on their next two volunteer days which will be Saturday April 8 at Hapuna State Park and Saturday April 15 at Waikoloa Dry Forest. To sign up for newsletter or to volunteer visit waikoloadryforest.org.I'm a big supporter of Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative. I live across from the Waikoloa Dry Forest area- love the vista as you head up the hill and the goats along the way.

Joni Metzler, Metzler Construction and Wendy Gaertner, both long time friends and fellow Ironman veterans talk about the Hawaii Cycling Club Century Ride on the Island of Hawaii April 9, 2017. It's a benefit for Hospice- Rich Bell Founder/Director has a nice day planned for us. Wendy who now lives in Austin, Texas and Joni talk about their love of recreation and Hawaii. I'm inspired by my conversation with them to get on my bike more.

Also in this show my usual just talking story about what's on my mind and in my heart!!!

The Emily T Gail Show espnhawaii.com is also available on facebook.com/Emily T Gail or Emily T Gail Talk Story. For information contact Emily at 896-6780 or emilytgail@emilys.org.

Emily T Gail Talk Story - Eric Francke, Hawaii Forest and Trail and my fellow hikers on the Kohala Waterfall Adventure
March 22, 2017 07:55 PM PDT
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I had an opportunity to take the Hawaii Forest and Trails Kohala Waterfall Adventure recently up in Hawi area at north end of the Island of Hawaii.

Eric Francke, our Interpretive Guide with Hawaii Forest & Trail who was so fun as he shared his knowledge and aloha. Eric, Sandy, Dennis, Chris, Victoria, and I all comment on the day. It was a sweet experience sharing the day together. Really sweet.

I'm a big supporter of Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative. I live across from The Waikoloa Dry Forest area- the goats on the path - love it.

Jen Lawson, Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative talks about their mission and how Rob Pacheco, Founder/Owner Hawaii Forest & Trail has partnered and been supportive of Waikoloa Dry Forest restoration efforts of the wiliwili tree and native plants while educating the public. Jen has information on their next two volunteer days which will be Saturday April 8 at Hapuna State Park and Saturday April 15 at Waikoloa Dry Forest. To sign up for newsletter or to volunteer visit waikoloadryforest.org.

Joni Metzler, Metzler Construction and Wendy Gaertner, both long time friends and fellow Ironman veterans talk about the Hawaii Cycling Club Century Ride on the Island of Hawaii April 9, 2017. It's a benefit for Hospice- Rich Bell Founder/Director has a nice day planned for us. Wendy who now lives in Austin, Texas and Joni talk about their love of recreation and Hawaii. I'm inspired by my conversation with them to get on my bike more.

Also in htis show my usual just talking story about what's on my mind and in my heart!!!

The Emily T Gail Show espnhawaii.com is also available on facebook.com/Emily T Gail or Emily T Gail Talk Story. For information contact Emily at 896-6780 or emilytgail@emilys.org.

Winona Chen Free Triathlon Training, Rich Bell HCC Century Ride, Brantley Center Golf Tournament, and HI-PAL Boxing meets Detroit's Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program
March 11, 2017 01:55 PM PST
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Winona Chen of Bike Works talks about the free Triathlon Training at Hapuna Beach Sunday March 19. Get Lavaman ready or just get introduced to the sport. Everyone welcome. 7:30 am. Swim: 1/3 mi, Bike: 12.93 mi, Run: 2.7 mi
Not a race, no event timing, but folks are welcome to time themselves. Tips on transitions and questions answered. Winona talks about having been there, done that and why they like to share with others what they have learned.

Rich Bell of Bike Works, who is also the Founder-Director of the Hawaii Cycling Club Century Bike Ride on Sunday April 9 at Spencer Beach. Rich talks about why creating the ride to honor his dad and to acknowledge the Hospice care his father and the family received has been .

I talk about the 39th Annual Brantley Center Golf Tournament at Waikoloa Village on Sunday April 23. Brantley Center adult day programs for clients with physical, emotional or mental disabilities provide a safe and supportive environment, men and women receive independent life skills and employment training, vocational rehabilitation, and help transitioning into the regular job market. Roland Kaneshiro, 987-7712.

I share the story of Hawaii Police Department Community Officer Kapelieli "KJ" Kauahiaua Jr.,bringing back the HI-PAL Youth Boxing Program. He was a participant in one of the last matches in 1997 when the program was discontinued. My friends Khali Sweeney and Jessica Hauser of Detroit's Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program were on island and I was pleased KJ was able to create the time to meet up and talk story with them.

Winona Chen Free Triathlon Training, Rich Bell HCC Century Ride, Brantley Center Golf Tournament, and HI-PAL Boxing meets Detroit's Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program
March 10, 2017 08:01 PM PST
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Winona Chen of Bike Works talks about the free Triathlon Training at Hapuna Beach Sunday March 19. Get Lavaman ready or just get introduced to the sport. Everyone welcome. 7:30 am. Swim: 1/3 mi, Bike: 12.93 mi, Run: 2.7 mi
Not a race, no event timing, but folks are welcome to time themselves. Tips on transitions and questions answered. Winona talks about having been there, done that and why they like to share with others what they have learned.

Rich Bell of Bike Works, who is also the Founder-Director of the Hawaii Cycling Club Century Bike Ride on Sunday April 9 at Spencer Beach. Rich talks about why creating the ride to honor his dad and to acknowledge the Hospice care his father and the family received has been .

I talk about the 39th Annual Brantley Center Golf Tournament at Waikoloa Village on Sunday April 23. Brantley Center adult day programs for clients with physical, emotional or mental disabilities provide a safe and supportive environment, men and women receive independent life skills and employment training, vocational rehabilitation, and help transitioning into the regular job market. Roland Kaneshiro, 987-7712.

I share the story of Hawaii Police Department Community Officer Kapelieli "KJ" Kauahiaua Jr.,bringing back the HI-PAL Youth Boxing Program. He was a participant in one of the last matches in 1997 when the program was discontinued. My friends Khali Sweeney and Jessica Hauser of Detroit's Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program were on island and I was pleased KJ was able to create the time to meet up and talk story with them.

Emily T Gail Talk Story with Jeff Waraniak about Joy of Biking in Hawaii and Detroit
February 28, 2017 01:58 PM PST
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I stopped by Bike Works Beach and Sport, Queens Marketplace, Kohala Coast, Island of Hawaii and had a good time talking story with owner and long time friend Grant Miller, who is part of the Big Island Mountain Bike ohana.

After leaving Grant, I ended up calling Jeff Waraniak, who I met last summer in my hometown Detroit. Jeff has been an Associate Editor at HOUR Detroit Magazine, soon to be moving to Denver as an assistant editor for 5280 Magazine.

I asked Jeff to share with our listeners a story he had told me about reaching out to the Big Island Mountain Bike ohana couple years ago and the warm welcome they gave him.

Jeff shared his good experience visiting the Island of Hawaii and also lots of positive stories about biking events in Detroit like Slow Roll, Tour de Troit, and the urban bike culture he has enjoyed while living in Detroit.

We talked about couple subjects from some of his wonderful comprehensive storytelling. One about the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center and the impact of opening up in downtown Detroit.

The other is about Detroit certainly being the city of Champions when in October 1935, the Tigers won their first World Series. In December, the Lions won their first NFL championship, and in April 1936 the Red Wings won their first Stanley Cup, and a day later, the Detroit Olympics, the Wings’ minor league affiliate, won their championship in the International Hockey League. Held all three titles. Like myself, many Detroiters did not know this till recently.

When Jeff and I talked it wasn't official he was going to Denver ...I lived in Denver long ago and knowing what a mountain bike enthusiast Jeff is I'm excited for him discovering all the great trails and bike ways in Colorado.
No doubt he will enjoy life in Denver while saying nice things about Detroit!!!!

Emily T Gail Talk Story with Grant Miller and BikeWorks ohana and Jeff Waraniak, HOUR Detroit Magazine
February 25, 2017 05:14 PM PST
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I stopped by Bike Works Beach and Sport, Queens Marketplace, Kohala Coast, Island of Hawaii and had a good time talking story with owner and long time friend Grant Miller and some of the Bike Works team.

Grant Miller talks about the Run For Hops on Saturday March 11 to benefit PATH, The Hawaii Cycling Club activities including the Century Ride for Hospice April 9. Grant talks about his of off road biking and the trail cutting efforts of Big Island Mountain Biking ohana and PATH (People's Advocacy Trails Hawaii).

Ellie Sumic has info on Lava Kids, and the Waikoloa Lavaman weekend including the March 31 Bike Works Sunset 5k Run/Walk.

John Hill, Bike Works Mechanic has bike maintenance suggestions and Carolyn Comandini on what's available at Bike Works.

Also a guest this week is Jeff Waraniak, who I met last summer in my hometown Detroit. Jeff is a mountain bike enthusiast and he told me a story about reaching out to the Big Island Mountain Bike ohana that Bike Works is such a part of and the warm welcome they gave him. He shared that story and also lots of positive stories about biking opportunities in Detroit and invitation to get in touch with him for a warm welcome if going to Detroit.

Jeff is an Associate Editor at HOUR Detroit Magazine and has written many nice stories. We talked about couple subjects from some of his wonderful comprehensive storytelling. One about the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center and the impact of opening up in downtown Detroit.

The other is about Detroit was certainly the city of Champions when in October 1935, the Tigers won their first World Series. In December, the Lions won their first NFL championship, and in April 1936 the Red Wings won their first Stanley Cup, and a day later, the Detroit Olympics, the Wings’ minor league affiliate, won their championship in the International Hockey League. Held all three titles. Like myself, many Detroiters did not know this till recently.

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