HONOLULU -- The Kapalua International Championship of Golf, a non-PGA event scheduled for November, will offer a first place purse of $100,000, tournament sponsors announced Wednesday.
On the tour this year, only the Las Vegas and TPA events carry a larger first place purse.
Tournament Chairman Mark Rolfing said the 72-hole event, scheduled for Nov. 2-5 on the island of Maui, will carry a total purse of $300,000 with the field including 46 professionals.
Three PGA tour players already have accepted invitations to participate. They are Hale Irwin, who represents Kapalua on the tour, Arnold Palmer and Calvin Peete.
According to Rolfing, exemptions will be offered to the top 15 U.S. money winners through the World Series of Golf, Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA champions of 1983, leading international players, special sponsor's exemptions and the top 15 local professionals in last year's Kapalua Open.
'Having players like Irwin and Palmer commit at such an early date is great, but most of the field will have to earn its way in,' Rolfing said. 'The inclusion of players from around the world will add tremendously to the attractiveness of the tournament.'
The Kapalua International will follow the PGA Tour's final event at Pensacola and will precede the U.S.-Japan team matches in Osaka.
All four rounds of the tournament will be played over the par 71, 6,529-yard Kapalua Bay Course.
The event was known as the Kapalua Open last year with Hawaii's David Ishii picking up the $15,000 first place prize for 54 hole of play.