Former Turtle Bay pro Tony Finau starts Sony Open week with visit to Shriners Hospitals

Tony Finau visited with Children at Shriner's Hospital in Honolulu

The PGA Tour’s first full-field event of 2016 will tee off Thursday with the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club.

One of the participants in the event will be one-time Kahuku resident and former Turtle Bay pro Tony Finau.

The first tour member of Samoan and Tongan decent, who is currently under the Nike label, paid a visit to Shriners Hospitals for Children Monday morning as part of his foundation’s drive to assist, inspire, and empower keiki.

“It feels awesome to be looked at as a role model, something that’s very important to me and I don’t take lightly. Hopefully I can inspire these kids to pursue their dreams but just continue to live and live happily,” he said.

The Tony Finau Foundation:

Mission: The Tony Finau foundation is built on a family discovered experience through the game of golf. It aims to empower and inspire families to discover, develop, and achieve the best of their gifts and talents through the game of golf, educational funding, and core family values.

Ultimate Goal: The Tony Finau foundation goals are to obtain charitable funds, so in return; we can build an interactive learning facility, offer scholarships, and establish a state of art golf academy. This inclusive learning facility, scholarship offerings, and golf academy; will foster and educate underprivileged children, along with their families to help support and bond with their children, by discovering their gifts and talents and reach their overall potential.

Goals for 2015 to 2016: The Tony Finau Foundation is hosting a PGA Tour supported golf tournament September 29-30(tues n wed)2015, which will be the official launch of the foundation. We are looking for key sponsors and donors to embrace our mission and help us raise funds and to join us in our cause.

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