Scott Ashworth, Director of Golf
One of the most distinguished golf professionals in Hawaii, Ashworth has more than 25 years of experience in the golf industry and has received many accolades, including 2008 Golf Professional of the Year from the PGA Aloha Section. He is the District 11 Director for the PGA of America, representing the Aloha, Northern California and Southern California Sections. His term is scheduled to run through 2018.
A native of Spokane, Washington, Ashworth discovered his passion for golf at a young age through his father, who served as a golf course superintendent for 30 years. A graduate of the University of Washington, Ashworth began working at the University’s driving range as the youngest golf instructor ever hired. In 1993, Ashworth accepted the position of Assistant Golf Professional at McCormick Woods Golf Course in Port Orchard, Washington, and was promoted to Head Golf Professional in 1997 when he received his PGA membership. Ashworth came to Hawaii in 2001 as the Head Golf Professional at Ko Olina Golf Club on Oahu.
A member and past president of the PGA Aloha Section and the Hawaii Alliance for Golf, Ashworth also has been honoured with the prestigious Bill Strausbaugh Award in 2009 and 2012, the Horton Smith Award, and most recently the Resort Merchandiser of the Year 2013 for the PGA of America’s Aloha Section. He was honoured by previous employers as Head Golf Professional of the Year for Billy Casper Golf in 2005 and Marriott Golf Professional of the Year in 2009.
Kendric Kimizuka, Head Golf Professional
Leaving a successful 12-year career in the financial services industry, Kendric Kimizuka followed his passion for golf to become one of Hawaii’s leading club professionals. At Manele Golf Course, he manages golf operations and tournament operations, and oversees the instruction program.
Kimizuka’s career change started in 2002 when he attended the San Diego Golf Academy, where he earned his degree in golf management. His work on the islands began in 2004 at Kaanapali Golf Resort before he moved on to Kauai Lagoons Golf Club, where he was a staff professional from 2008 through 2013. The PGA of America’s Aloha Section named Kimizuka Assistant Professional of the Year in 2009.
Kimizuka, who has a degree in finance from the University of Hawaii Manoa, is a past co-chair of the Children’s Miracle Network Golf Tournament, which benefits the only full-service pediatric hospital in the state, and has worked with the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association.
Seril Shimizu, Golf Course Superintendent
Born and raised in Hawaii, Seril Shimizu combines his love of golf and the outdoors in his work, overseeing all golf course maintenance at Manele. A member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and theHawaii Golf Course Superintendents Association, Shimizu has a Masters of Science in agriculture from Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo as well as a degree in turfgrass management.
Prior to joining Four Seasons Resorts, Shimizu worked for Makelei Golf Club in Kailua-Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii, as well as The Club at Kukuiula-Koloa, on the Island of Kauai. Shimizu lives in Lanai City and enjoys fishing, diving and hunting.
William Foster, Assistant Golf Professional
Along with amazing ocean views, impeccable course conditions and superb amenities, golfers will enjoy outstanding service while playing Manele Golf Course. William Foster ensures the golf experience on Lanai is one to remember. He will also be coordinating various growth of the game initiatives to get more guests involved in golf.
Foster comes to Manele Golf Course from The Grand Golf Club in San Diego where he served as an Assistant Golf Professional with an emphasis in the retail golf shop. He has worked in positions at Crosswater Golf Club in Sunriver, Oregan and Ko'olina Golf Club on Oahu. William graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Recreation & Sport Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was enrolled in the Professional Golf Management Program and received his Class A PGA status.