Sony Open: 50 years separate oldest, youngest players

January 11, 2011

One has been playing senior tournaments for 17 years, the other conceivably could still be playing junior events, yet they'll be playing the same PGA Tour event, the Sony Open in Hawaii, this week.

Nearly 50 years separate them. David Saka, an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Hawaii, won the Sony Open amateur qualifier, while Dave Eichelberger, 67, a Champions Tour veteran, won the PGA Aloha Section Stroke Play Championship to qualify.

This line from the story, pertaining to Saka while he was still in high school, was especially amusing: "The 5-foot-4 130-pounder quit the game for eight months to try football." Maybe not the best idea, at 5-4 and 130 pounds, to quit golf in favor of football, though the attempt to do so is admirable.

Not surprisingly, an injury brought him back to golf.

-- John Strege