Save the date and start practicing your swing: The Realtors Association of Maui Community Foundation (RAMCF) Presidential Scholarship Golf Event will take place on Saturday, July 27, at the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu. Registration is currently underway, so reserve your spot now.

The format of this year’s event will be a three-person scramble. Check-in and a continental breakfast will begin at 6 a.m., the shotgun start is at 7 a.m. Following the tournament, there will be a helicopter ball drop; an awards luncheon with live entertainment will be held at noon in the King Kamehameha Golf Clubhouse. Golfers will compete for the team grand prize (and bragging rights), and throughout the morning, there will be sponsored events out on the course, including longest drive and closest-to-the-hole contests. And if you happen to hit a hole-in-one at the 10th hole, you’ll be driving away in a shiny new BMW sedan from BMW of Maui.

And of course, there’s the biggest thrill of all: teeing off to support a good cause. “All proceeds from the golf event will benefit RAM’s Presidential Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to help Maui County students achieve their higher education goals,” said 2019 RAMCF Presidential Scholarship Golf Event chairperson Blaine Bernades of Pyramid Insurance. “Many recipients of these scholarships come back to Maui after college to be good stewards of the community.”

Since its inception in 1989, RAM’s Presidential Scholarship Fund has awarded $750,000 in academic scholarships to college-bound high school seniors and past scholarship recipients. Funds for the scholarship program are raised through events like the RAMCF Presidential Scholarship Golf Event, RAM’s Installation Luncheon, Maui Visitor Industry Charity Walk, RAM’s Big Deal fundraiser and the “RAM’s Got Talent” show at the Historic Iao Theater.

The $150 per person entry fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, greens fees, range balls, a golf cart, helicopter ball drop and admission to the awards luncheon at the King Kamehameha Golf Clubhouse. On the day of the event, players can purchase two mulligans for $20 (which are sold together; limited one set per player); purchases can also be made online prior to the event. There will also be a par 3 jackpot for $20 per player (limit one per player).

Not a golfer? No problem. You can still participate (and cheer on your favorite team or player) by attending the awards luncheon at the King Kamehameha Golf Course Clubhouse; lunch-only tickets are $49 per person. You can also make a donation to RAM’s Presidential Scholarship Fund or sign up to become a golf event sponsor.

“We welcome community sponsors and business owners who might like to donate gift cards or sponsor a hole at the tournament,” said 2018-19 RAM President Gina Duncan. “Register your team to play and help a good cause. This tournament is a great way to show Maui’s youth that there is hope for a higher education.”

RAM hosts a number of events throughout the year to support its philanthropic arm, the RAMCF. Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2007, the RAMCF makes a difference in the lives of Maui County youth through RAM’s Presidential Scholarship Fund and the Wishing Well…for Maui Students program, which has contributed more than $1.65 million in goods, supplies and services to public schools countywide. In 2018, RAM added housing concerns as an objective of the foundation; last fall, RAM members raised $29,200 to help Ka Hale A Ke Ola (KHAKO) Homeless Resource Centers install a much-needed children’s playground at its facility in Wailuku.

To register for the 2019 RAMCF Presidential Scholarship Golf Event, visit For more information about donor or sponsorship opportunities, contact Gina Duncan at 250-9858. To learn more about RAM’s Presidential Scholarship Fund, visit

The Maui News – June 17, 2019

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