The final United Airlines Hawaiian Open is going out with a big bang for the bucks.
Winner of final Hawaiian Open will strike it rich
The purse for the 33rd anniversary Hawaiian Open Feb. 12-15 at the Waialae Country Club has been increased to $1.8 million, with the winner getting $324,000. Paul Stankowski, last year's winner, earned $216,000 when the purse was $1.2 million.
The tournament received an additional $300,000 as part of the Bank of America's support for the PGA Tour's "West Coast Swing." Earlier, UAL had upped the ante to $1.5 million.
Tournament director Chester Kahapea hopes that the bigger prize will draw a top field for the event sponsored by United. Sony takes over as the Hawaiian Open sponsor starting next year.
As a presenting sponsor, Bank of America is also contributing $300,000 to seven other West Coast tournaments, including this week's Bob Hope Classic.
SEA WARRIORS DROP TO NO. 8: Hawaii Pacific University slipped from No. 5 to No. 8 in the NAIA national basketball poll after an 81-75 loss to Brigham Young-Hawaii, which moved up from No. 25 to No. 23 in the rankings released yesterday.
CARD DEAL FOR UH FANS: Bank of Hawaii men's basketball trading cards will be distributed to the first 4,000 fans at Saturday's University of Hawaii-SMU game, which tips off at 7:35 p.m. at the Special Events Arena.
There will be four sets of Bank of Hawaii trading cards given away during the season - Feb. 2 vs. Fresno State, Feb. 4 vs. San Diego State and Feb. 21 vs. Tulsa.
NFL PLAYERS DUE AT ILIKAI SHOW: Desmond Howard and Darrell Russell of the Oakland Raiders and Peter Boulware of the Baltimore Ravens will appear at a sportscar and toy show at the Ilikai Hotel on Sunday.