Tadd Fujikawa Scores First Corporate Sponsor

KAHALA (KHNL) -- 16-year-old Hawaii golf pro Tadd Fujikawa scored his first win.

But it's not on the course.

He signed on with his first corporate sponsor. Tadd's new sponsor allows him to compete with the best in the world.

And at the same time, Tadd's helping the group that got him started.

Tadd Fujikawa.

Larger than life.


"It is a little disturbing at times, but I think I'll get used to it," said Tadd Fujikawa.

The fist-pumping Fujikawa is part of a new campaign by the teen's first corporate sponsor -- Aloha Petroleum.

"Aloha Petroleum is truly proud and honored to be able to support Tadd at the beginning of what we hope will be a long and illustrious golf career," said Bob Maynard, Aloha Petroleum president and CEO.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.  But it is for one year, with the option to renew.

As part of the agreement.  For every gallon paid for under Aloha's save a dollar charge card.

The company is donating 3-cents to the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association.

"It's really good that I'm giving back to the community, and I'm giving back to Junior Golf and I feel it's one of the most important things that I can do," said Fujikawa.

"We have many goals, but our number one goal is for opportunities to teach responsibility, develop qualities of leadership and integrity and assisting juniors on become productive members of our community," said Greg Nichols of the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association.  "And I can tell you what, Tadd is the poster boy for Junior Golf."

And thanks to this new poster boy.  Many of Hawaii's young golfers will get the opportunity to try to become just like him.

Some might say it's weird for a petroleum company to sponsor a golfer. But Aloha says Tadd represents genuineness, exuberance, and Hawaii's youth.

And they wanted to be a part of that.

Tadd says he is working on getting more traditional sponsors very soon.