he first international winner of the Sony Open in Hawaii since K.J. Choi in 2008, Argentinian native Fabian Gomez fired a final-round 62, then birdied the second playoff hole to capture the 2016 tournament title in January and celebrate his 2nd PGA TOUR career victory. The real winners of the 2016 Sony Open in Hawaii however are local charities who receive support from proceeds raised at the 2016 tournament.
As the signature fundraising event of Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc., the Sony Open in Hawaii PGA TOUR event has a year-long impact for local charities. Among the 150 charity grant recipients receiving support this year are community-based, non-profit organizations which operate programs for Hawaii’s children, women, elderly and its impoverished. The Sony Open “Drive To A $Million” charity initiative culminated in successfully reaching the million-dollar goal for the 12th consecutive year! This success is attributed primarily to the significant, long-time charity partnership of The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc., which matches funds raised at the PGA TOUR event dollar-for-dollar.
Sony Corporation's commitment as title sponsor of the Sony Open in Hawaii extends through 2018 – the 20th anniversary of its entitlement of the prestigious PGA TOUR event. Tournament charity sponsor The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc. and host site Waialae Country Club has also extended their partnership through 2018. Sony is among the five longest-running tournament sponsors on the PGA TOUR. The tournament has always been held at Waialae Country Club, where PGA TOUR competition dates back to 1965. Since its inception, the Sony Open in Hawaii has generated more than $16 million for local charities. The 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii is scheduled January 9-15.
Friends of Hawaii Charities, a federal 501 (c) (3) public charity is an all-volunteer organization, incorporated in 1998 to benefit not-for-profit organizations serving Hawaii’s children, youth, women and needy. Over the past eighteen years, Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc., with Sony Open charity partner, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc., have raised more than $16,000,000, which has been distributed to over 350 Hawaii not-for-profit organizations.