It brings us great pleasure to unveil our inaugural episode of Da Game. Unlike anything you've ever seen for golf on TV, Da Game's debut focuses on our star host, Dave Ward and his hood: the beautiful Kapalua Resort. You'll meet Little Dave, hear newscasts from Maisie Ramage about some of Hawaii's top golfers, get the latest scoop on our Coconut Wireless with Marie Lenz, watch as Dave interviews Kapalua Bay course superintendent Derrick Watts, Kapalua director of golf, Mike Jones, and you'll even hear from Kapalua Plantation Course head golf professional, Scott Carroll. Dave talks us through one of the most famous finishing holes in golf: the 18th at the Kapalua Plantation Course, as he cards an eagle right there before your very eyes! Then Dave heads over to the Waiehu Municipal Golf Course, interviews Ralph Miyamoto, president of the Maui Junior Golf Association, and then challenges some of the future stars of the LPGA and PGA tours to a closest-to-the-pin contest, all right here, and with a surprising climax. You'll go to Dave's home, meet his extremely successful and beautiful wife, the 'Big Stick Carrier' Renée Ward, and be introduced to his extended family: Three Putt, Lip Out, Pull, and Hook. All of this and more in our first :30 minute episode of Da Game. So hang onto your hats, and let's go.... Game on??? GAME ON!!!!!
Maui Golf Review editor, John Byrne, was delivering copies of the visitor publication to the Kapalua Villas' reception center, when he happened upon pro golfer, Justin Newsome, an employee there. Justin grabbed hold of the Maui Golf Review, and exclaimed how he was excited to have it as a resource for the fabled resort's guests. As Byrne got to know the sprightly 28 y.o. So. Cal. pro, he learned about Justin's recent ace on the uphill, long, and undulating par-3 15th at Royal Kaanapali. What impressed Byrne was the fact that Justin holed it out with an 8-iron, from the tips! Justin describes the moment, as well as his upcoming trip—where he is set to play in a series of pro events. The revelations, not to mention the fact that he is an ardent MGR supporter, makes him our August 2009 "Maui golfer of the Month."