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Tina Drabble memorialized in premier Memorial Golf Tournament
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Tina Drabble sporting her individual gold medal in golf at the 2007 South Pacific Games in Samoa. In an interview at the time, Tina told Samoa News, “I am thrilled and honored to win the gold and it was an honor to represent American Samoa,” she said, adding that this was achieved with a lot of “support and love of families and friends.” [SN archive photo]

“It was always Tina’s wish, that when she returned home, she would teach the Junior Golfers, and share with them her experiences; to help them go out into the world as young, disciplined and knowledgeable golfers to compete on the golf course as well as in the classroom.”
 
In essence, said her mother Chande, Tina Drabble wanted to give back to the Junior Golf Program that had given so much to her. 
 
Tina lost her six-year battle with cancer one year ago today, but her parents knew that Tina would want to see the game which gave her so much joy shared with young people, as others had shared the game with her.
 
This note was included in the letter sent out to community leaders, organizations, businesses and golfers announcing the first Annual Memorial Golf Tournament to be held this week to honor Tina’s life and accomplishments, and to establish a fund which will be used to encourage and support the young golfers of the territory.
 
To that end, the Tina Drabble Junior Golf Foundation, a 501c3 charitable trust has been established by her parents, Tom Drabble and Chande Lutu-Drabble. The foundation will support and strengthen the territory’s Junior Golf Program, laying the foundation for golf scholarships for our young athletes.
 
In preparation for this tournament, the family and friends of Tina Drabble, along with the local Fijian Community Association will be assisting with the many duties and tasks associated with mounting a major tournament.
 
As a tribute to her life, Tina's college coach Paul Brilliant of New Mexico State University is traveling all the way from New Mexico to be in attendance. There will also be teams from Samoa, a team from New Zealand and a team from Australia who will be here to participate, according to tournament organizers. 
 
This Saturday, July 13 is the day it all happens. Beginning with a 7:00 am Shotgun start, it will include breakfast and lunch buffet for the golfers, with all the great island pupus such as sashimi, oka, and pua’a. Veteran musicians, Ulale, Doug and Chico along with other members of the Samoa Musicians Association Band will entertain the golfers during lunch. 
 
The format will be 2-man teams at $200 a team, with three teams in a group, using the Calloway handicap system. Hole sponsorship will be $100 per hole.
 
There will be individual gross and net prizes for men and women, and other prizes will include those for Best Dressed (to be judged by guests from overseas) as well as Oldest Golfer, Youngest Golfer and Highest Score.
 
A raffle will be held, with airline tickets from Hawaiian Air, Inter-Island and Polynesian as major prizes. Raffle tickets are $5 for individual tickets, or a book of five for $20, and are on sale now. They will also be sold on the day of the tournament.
 
For more information, please see the Annual Memorial Golf Tournament ad running throughout Samoa News this week.



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