Tadd Fujikawa Set to Tee Off at Reno-Tahoe Open

Tadd Fujikawa
Tadd Fujikawa
Aug 1, 2007 07:18 PM

(KHNL) - It's not the way to start your Junior year of high school.

Tadd Fujikawa was supposed to be at Moanalua today, for the first day of class in the new school year.

But he did have an excuse for skipping school.

He's set to tee off tomorrow in his first event as a professional, the PGA's Reno-Tahoe Open.

Making the jump to play for pay was a fairly easy decision for Tadd.

Sometimes, you do what you gotta do.

"We couldn't afford traveling and going to the mainland for coaching. That really made the decision for us that I wanted to get to the next level."

That next level is made up of the best golfers on the planet.

It's a group that Fujikawa fits into nicely.

"I don't have any doubt in my mind that I can play with these guys. I know I can. I know I have the game to do it."

Playing as a pro means playing under pressure.

Tadd say, he is up to the challenge.

"I'm not expecting myself to win a tournament the first time I'm out here. I'm definitely going to try. But I'm just going to go out there and just have fun like I've been doing and hopefully everything goes well."

With Tadd, you kind of get the feeling, that even at 16, he's ready to make the pro leap.

He's focused on the now, but still thinking about the later.

"I'm going to try to play as many tournaments as I can against the professionals. It's really good for me to get out there and play against this level of elite players. I just love this level of play. I like the crowds. I like the cameras. It's just a lot of fun for me out here."

The 808 State will be well represented when the Reno-Tahoe tees off tomorrow.

Dean Wilson and Parker McLachlin will also be in the field.

While Michelle Wie tees off in the Women's British Open at the Old Course at Saint Andrew's.