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Golfers Tee Up To Help Literacy

By Diane Ako

KO OLINA (KHNL) - More than 200 golfers teed up to play in the Marriott Links to Literacy Golf Tournament, with multiple opportunities to win prizes along the way.

"Marriott Million Hole-In-One" shootout is part of the 14th Annual Marriott Links to Literacy Golf Tournament: A Benefit for the Friends of the Library of Hawaii (FLH), whose mission is to support the Hawaii State Public Library System by raising and distributing funds to encourage reading, literacy and lifelong education for all people of Hawaii.

Byrde Cestare of FLH says, "Literacy is what it's all about. You can have a library full of books and programs, but if nobody is in there reading and taking advnatage of your library there really is no point."

For the first time in the tournament's 14 year history, randomly selected golfers swung for a $1 million prize in the "Marriott Million Hole-In-One" competition. They each got one shot to make a hole-in-one on the 18th hole from 150 yards away.

The lucky player to hit a hole-in-one would have been awarded $500,000 with the remaining $500,000 benefiting FLH. However, nobody won.

Last year's tournament raised a record $120,000, raising the total to nearly $800,000.

Marriott International, Inc. (Hawaiian Islands Hotels & Resorts and Marriott Vacation Club) is the title sponsor of this year's Links to Literacy.

Platinum sponsors include Armstrong Produce, Ltd.; Meadow Gold Dairies; Unilever Foodsolutions; HSM Host and Hansen Distribution Group.

Corporate sponsors include Aloha Airlines; Beachside Roofing LLC; Parsons; Roberts Hawaii and Starbucks Coffee.

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