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Spangler, Fujita, Kaaua

Three added to Hawaii Hall

By Bill Kwon
Star-Bulletin

Paul Spengler Jr., Art Fujita and the late Sam Kaaua have been named as the latest inductees to the Aloha Section PGA Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame.

Spengler and Fujita, along with Nora Kaaua, widow of Sam Kaaua, will be honored at a luncheon ceremony April 29 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel.

Twice the Hawaii State Amateur champion, in 1964 and '65, Spengler was club champion of the Waialae Country Club four times, the low amateur in the Army Open in 1977 and a participant in 20 Bing Crosby Pebble Beach National Pro-Ams. He finished second in 1967 with partner Ted Makalena.

Now vice-president of the Pebble Beach Company's golf division, which operates Pebble Beach, Spyglass, the Links at Spanish Bay and Del Monte on the Monterey Peninsula, Spengler served as a member of the USGA junior and mid-amateur committees in Hawaii.

Spengler also qualified for the 1993 U.S. Senior Open, the 1994 U.S. Senior Amateur, the 1995 British Senior Open and won the California Senior State Amateur last year. He also helped to produce golf telecasts for ESPN as well as the Skins Game for Ohlmeyer Communications Co. before joining Pebble Beach.

Fujita represented Hawaii in 10 National Public Links Championships, finishing second in 1969 at Erie, Pa. He was also instrumental in bringing the USGA National Publinx to his home course, Wailua Municipal, three times -- in 1975, 1985 and 1996 -- and served twice as the general chairman. He has been the USGA's local representative from Kauai since 1986.

Among Fujita's other major golf titles are the 1964 Manoa Cup, the Maui Open (1969 and 1973) and the All-Europe Championship in 1958 and '59. He teamed with Jimmy Masuyama to win the 1970 Francis Brown 4-Ball title.

Kaaua, who died at age 83 on Jan. 10, captured the Waialae Country Club championship seven times. He holds the Waialae course record for an amateur, shooting a 9-under-par 63, which he accomplished twice.

He played four times in the U.S. National Senior Open. Kaaua was a major influence in starting golf in Tahiti, having helped to design the island's first golf course.

The three new inductees bring to 40 the number who have been honored for promoting the sport of golf in the 50th State.

Members of the initial 1988 class are Makalena, Arthur Armstrong, Ted Benedict, Francis I'i Brown, Gov. John A. Burns, Babe Carter, Guinea Kop, Jackie Pung and Jimmy Ukauka.

Tickets are $35 for the luncheon. For more information, call the Aloha Section PGA office at 593-2232.




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