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Sony Open Brings Big Money to Island Economy

Jimmy Kometani Jimmy Kometani
Dean Scheid Dean Scheid
Adam Sandler Adam Sandler

By Marvin Buenconsejo

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- The stars are all here at the "Sony Open".

Vijay Singh.

Mark Calcavecchia.

Adam Sandler?

The special events continued, Wednesday, with the "Sony Open Dream Cup Pro-AM".

With the big stars comes big money to our island economy.

It's all fun and games, out on the course, for actors Adam Sandler,

And Kevin James.

This is the kind of star power that elevates the prestige of the Sony Open, as well as pumps-up the bottom line.

On this day, amateur golfers paid $12,000 dollars each to play with the pros.

In all, the six-day event is expected to inject close to $80 million into our island economy.

''It really changed when Sony came in ten years ago," said Jimmy Kometani, Sony Open Volunteer Vice-Chair. "The tournament and the facilities improved ten fold. It really became a tournament that the people could enjoy." 

As a result, the Sony Open brings in huge money.

So, organizers make sure the tournament also gives back.

The Sony Open looks to raise $1.2 million for charity.

''They'll go to about 120 different non-profit organizations," said Dean Scheid, Sony Open Volunteer Vice-Chair. "I'm involved with assets school, a school for dyslexics. They receive about $15,000 a year. I've talked to the people of assets and they say it's very much appreciated."

''Being part of the charity and doing what we do for the people of Hawaii, is the new emphasis now and I think that's what we've be able to do, to gather ourselves to work for a particular cause and it's going to give us a special meaning to do that now for the people of Hawaii," Kometani said.

Organizers have announced Thursday and Friday are "Support Our Troops Days" at the Sony Open.

Anyone with valid military ID can simply arrive at the main gate, show their ID, and enter free.

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