(Lahaina, HI) – Ed Kageyama, PGA General Manager of Ka’anapali Golf Courses which are managed by Billy Casper Golf (BCG), was recently awarded the Golf Professional of the Year Award by the Aloha Section PGA (ASPGA).
The prestigious award is based on a PGA member’s overall history with the organization with an emphasis on the past five years. Voted on by ASPGA members, it honors performance and achievement at his / her facility; service to the PGA and ASPGA; leadership, image and ability to inspire other PGA members; and promotion of the game of golf. Kageyama also won the award in 2006.
A 22-year veteran of Hawaii’s golf industry and past-president of the ASPGA, Kageyama is recognized for his stewardship of Ka’anapali and three other BCG - managed courses in Hawaii. At Ka’anapali’s helm since 2002, Kageyama oversaw a $13 million renovation and re-branding of the golf resort. He was recognized as one of the “Most Innovative People in Golf” in 2013 and was named one of the “Top 20 Most Admired Golf Operators” by Golf Inc. Magazine in 2008 and 2010.
Kageyama epitomizes innovation in finding new ways to communicate with golfers, attract them to the game of golf and keep them interested and playing. His ability to think outside the box is unique – be it Ka’anapali’s “Fit Club” (monthly golf fitness program) or the Golf My Way package (play 18 holes over seven days). Ka’anapali was one of the first Hawaii facilities to jump into the social media scene in 2009 with both Facebook and Twitter, showcasing how the facility, as well as the hotels in the resort, could utilize these channels to reach consumers.
In 2004, Ka’anapali created a winter internship program for several of BCG’s top seasonal staff. These “up-and-coming” staff worked all facets of the business and many have become Head Professionals, General Managers, Superintendents and Regional Superintendents within BCG.
“I and Billy Casper Golf are firm believers in the need to mentor the next generation of golf professionals,” says Kageyama. “It is important for them to learn the ins and outs of operating a golf course from agronomy and golf operations to merchandising and food and beverage.”
“Ed Kageyama has done a tremendous job transforming the Hawaii facilities, and his ability to innovate represents the best of what Billy Casper Golf achieves at our courses,” says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of BCG. “He continues to set an example for his peers by consistently exceeding expectations.”
David Havens, PGA Director of Instruction at Ka’anapali, was recently awarded Teacher of the Year Award by the ASPGA. It is based on the professional's overall teaching performance, special teaching programs he / she has initiated or played a key role implementing, and outstanding golfers the professional has instructed.
In 2012, Havens was awarded the Junior Leader Award by the ASPGA for his work with Hawaii’s rising-star golfers. He is credited for bringing hundreds of new people of all ages into golf. Teaching hundreds of students annually, including instruction programs in both West Maui and Hana, Havens has traveled the globe from China to Vietnam and Bhutan to Nepal establishing junior golf programs. He also created his own non-profit “Spare for Change” that recycles old golf clubs and donates them to golfers across America.
“When I was young, someone gave me the opportunity to play golf,” says Havens. “Working at Ka’anapali and helping people get into the game is my way of giving back so someone else has that same opportunity.”
ABOUT ED KAGEYAMA
Born and raised on Oahu, Kageyama attended Punahou School and the University of Washington. Returning to Hawaii in 1991, he began his extensive career in the golf industry, helping open, transition and renovate more than 10 courses statewide. Kageyama became active in the ASPGA, holding positions on the Board of Directors, Aloha Section PGA Foundation and as its President. Awarded the ASPGA Golf Professional of the Year in 2006, ASPGA Bill Strausbaugh Award in 2005 and 1997, and ASPGA PGA Horton Smith Award in 1999, he has helped usher section members to utilize leading technology, data research and marketing innovation.
Kageyama serves as BCG’s Hawaii & Asia Pacific Regional Manager assisting with oversight of Ka’anapali Golf Courses, Puakea and Kukuiolono golf courses on Kauai, and the renovation of Bay View Golf Course on Oahu. Named BCG General Manager of the Year in 2004 and Rookie of the Year in 1997, Kageyama is intimately involved in the community. As Golf Director at Puanhou School, Kageyama’s teams won the 2013 Boys & Girls State Championship, and he sits on the Board of Directors for Hawaii’s Lanakila Pacific and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
ABOUT DAVID HAVENS
David Havens was born in Virginia and walked on to the Virginia Tech golf team in 1992. He then played on the Australia, Asia, Canada and South African Tours and won the 2008 Bhutan Open. While on TOUR, David helped start a junior program in Bhutan and renovate a golf course there. Performing similar work in Nepal, he also trained Nepal National Team players.
Havens moved to Maui in 2004 and immediately began working with Maui’s youth, also working with the several PGA Tour players, including Boo Weekly and Brendon de Jonge. In 2012, the Aloha Section PGA honored Havens with the Junior Leader Award.
ABOUT KA’ANAPALI GOLF COURSES
The Royal Ka’anapali Course, a Robert Trent Jones Senior design, opened in 1962 and has tested the skills of golf professionals and amateurs alike. A Par 71 stretching 6700 yards, the Royal Course combines wide fairways and undulating greens, making it both distinctive and demanding. Home of the Champions Tour Ka’anapali Classic for 14 years, the Royal Ka’anapali Course also hosted Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, the Canada Cup and LPGA Kemper Open, donning such golfing greats as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper Golf, Greg Norman, Fred Couples, Jan Stephenson and Betsey King.
The Ka’anapali Kai Course is a Par 70, 6,400-yard course and boasts an array of strategically placed bunkers, contoured fairways, and re-shaped and resurfaced greens. This course, host of Golf Channel’s #1 series Big Break Ka'anapali, is a challenge to play and places a premium on strategy off the tee, accuracy with approach shots, and a deft touch around the greens.
In 2005-2007, Ka’anapali Golf Courses invested over $13 million in renovations and infrastructure. Golf course architect, Robin Nelson, was brought in to oversee the rework of the Ka’anapali Kai Course and enhancements to the championship Royal Ka’anapali Course. Ka’anapali recently celebrated 50 years (1962-2012) and was host of the Champions Tour SKIN GAME January 2008-2011.