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Kapalua Golf & Tennis announced on Wednesday that Mark Nelson has been named the Bay Course’s chief golf professional.

Nelson will direct all golf operations for the Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane designed course.

Nelson has over 20 years of golf and hospitality experience with a solid background in customer service. He most recently served as the Chief Golf Professional at Hayden Lake Country Club, a private club in his hometown of Hayden Lake, Idaho. Prior to Hayden Lake, Nelson was the Head Professional of Circling Raven Golf Club, a resort / pay per day course in Worley, Idaho.

Throughout his career, he has worked at golf facilities throughout Idaho including the Twin Lakes Village Golf Club, the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course and The Club at Black Rock.

“Mark is a proven golf professional with industry experience encompassing many facets of the golf industry including resort, private and public golf facilities. “ Tim Dietrich, deputy general manager of Kapalua Golf & Tennis, said in a press release. “Mark’s endearing personality and expertise in the game of golf make him an ideal representative of Kapalua Golf. We are delighted to have him at the helm of our Bay Course operations.

A Class A member of the PGA of America since 2010, Nelson has been named “Golf Professional of the Year” in 2020 and the “Merchandiser of the Year” in 2017 by the Inland Empire chapter of the Pacific Northwest PGA section. He is also a past president of the Inland Empire Chapter of the PGA.

“I’m so happy to be in Aloha State with my family and can’t wait to make a difference during The Bay” Nelson said in the statement. “It is an honor to be a part of the incredible installation of Kapalua and the Troon family.”

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Yamamoto from Kihei has the ace at Wailea Blue

Kihei’s Guy Yamamoto made a hole-in-one on August 21 at the Wailea Blue Course.

Yamamoto used an 8 iron to get the # 7 hole at 119 yards. The witnesses were Jin Yamamoto, Brian Yamamoto and Brian Yamamoto.

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Scheltens from Lahaina has an ace at Wailea Gold

Jerry Scheltens of Lahaina scored a hole in one at the Wailea Gold Course on Monday.

Using a pitching wedge, Scheltens made the 16th hole at 145 yards. Brian Kanebai and Allen Spenser witnessed the shooting.

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