Hawaii’s top junior golfers at the KMR School of Golf are now sporting Fila Golf sportswear. The internationally recognized sportswear brand has announced its sponsorship of the PGA of America Approved Golf School, based at the Ko‘olau Golf Club.
KMR stands for Kevin M. Ralbovsky, an award-winning golf instructor who founded the school in 2001, as an educational institution for the purpose of training exceptionally talented local junior golfers.
The tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) non-profit foundation focuses on training youth for local, national and international competitions, including the PGA National Junior Championship, U.S. Kids National Championship, Manoa Cup, Hawaii State Open and Jennie K. Invitational.
Under the direction of Ralbovsky, KMR trains young golfers from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to help obtain college scholarships and launch professional careers. The school’s pupils have qualified for every major amateur and junior national championship, as well as the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open.
“Our youthful styling will help these future stars dress like the Tour pros they are striving to become,” says Nancy Robitaille, Fila Golf’s principal designer, in a written statement. “Given Kevin’s devotion and track record, the sky’s the limit for these new Fila Golf ambassadors.”
Inspired by 1950s prep school athletics, Fila Golf’s latest offerings showcase fine details as well as utilizing the company’s premium performance fabrics, including the popular single-jersey Moss and recycled polyester. Many pieces boast Tech-Dry and anti-bacterial technology for moisture-wicking and odor-free wear. The collection is completed by Fila Golf’s first-ever outerwear line, including wind/rain resistant jackets, textured fleece and soft shell jackets.
“These clothes are incredibly lightweight and comfortable, which helps our students swing easier and play their best,” says Ralbovsky. “This support really says a lot about Fila Golf’s commitment to growing the game in Hawaii and around the world.”
Alumni of KMR include some of the best amateurs in the history of Hawaii golf, including Tadd Fujikawa, Stephanie Kono, Lorens Chan, Mari Chun, Ryan Perez, Amanda Wilson, Brittany Fan, Chase Chulakote, Ayaka Kaneko and Katie Sisler.
Photo: Courtesy Fila Golf