Tadd's Success Helps Golf Industry

Anne Palagyi
Anne Palagyi

WAIKELE (KHNL) - First it was the Sony open, now it's the Pearl Open.

Tadd Fujikawa's success means a boost for the local golf industry.

Some head pro golfers say they see an increased interest.

"Seeing him play at Pearl was fun," said Anne Palagyi, golfer.

She and her fellow golfers discuss Fujikawa and how the 16-year-old inspires them.

"It's not how tall you are and how you swing," said Carol Wheeler, golfer.

"If he can do it at that young age, we all should be doing a lot better than we are," said Palagyi.

Like many golfers, they hope to spend more time on the green to improve their game. The golf clubs notice how the teen sensation is helping the sport and their business.

"More people asking about our tee times, rates, and availability, yah there's more questions about golfing now," said Gordon Tsujimura, Waikele head golf pro.

He believes Fujikawa's success and ties to Hawaii will help to increase business by about 2%-3%.

It's a similar story at Pearl Country Club. The national exposure it received translates into priceless advertising. Golf experts expect to see more visitors step onto the Aiea course.

Fujikawa's popularity also gives the entire state more publicity, which could help our tourism industry which is off to a slow start.

"It's going to be fabulous for Hawaii," said Tsujimura.

People just enjoy what this teen golfer's doing for the sport and for their motivation.

"I might have a chance to play good golf," said Wheeler.