Tony Finau Pays an Emotional Tribute to the Man He’s Named After

Published 10/28/2021, 8:07 AM EDT
Apr 23, 2021; Avondale, Louisiana, USA; Tony Finau exits the 9th green during the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports


Many people regularly name their children after famous people or people they love. This they do for a person who is of paramount importance in their lives. Not only is it a supreme honor, but, well, it can also prove to be a burdensome task to live up to their expectations. Meanwhile, Tony Finau recently opened up about this.

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Milton Pouha “Tony” Finau is a professional golfer of Tongan and Samoan descent. Born in salt lake city, Utah, he currently plays on the PGA Tour and even has two wins! The first came at the Puerto Rico Open in 2016 and for his second, he had to wait for five long years as he won the 2021 Northern Trust in a playoff to Cameron Smith.

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Finau recently took to Instagram to reveal where he derived his name from. In addition, he took the opportunity to tell us about the man who lost his life in a car accident long before Finau himself was born.

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Tony Finau pays respect to his uncle

He wrote a long piece and began by writing, “Tony Mapu, who I am named after.” He went on to reveal his life story and how he passed away in 1981 when he was merely 17. Moreover, Finau said that he recently attended the 41st memorial of his death, which is why he was opening up about him.

“The legacy and impact he made on his community is more than honorable. I loved hearing stories of this mountain of a man both on and off the football field… His legacy is one of loving your neighbor and being kind to all. He was an entertainer and always had a big smile on his face.”

 

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Finau recalls that his mother would tell him stories of his uncle in his childhood. He admitted, “I was intimidated that I might not ever live up to the name and to who he was and is.”

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Additionally, he said, “As I’ve grown into a man, I’ve done my best to honor him and our name. It’s been an honor and privilege to have been given his name. It gives me great pride to be named after such a kind, and strong, and loving person. I’d like to think some of the traits that he had and has have been passed down to me.”

Feb 21, 2021; Pacific Palisades, California, USA; Max Homa reacts following his playoff victory against Tony Finau in the final round of The Genesis Invitational golf tournament at Riviera Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Finally, he wrote, “Most of all, I’m proud to carry his legacy through me, and I hope he’s smiling down and proud of his nephew Tony. I love you, uncle and I thank you for your example and for inspiring me. Until we meet again.”

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This heartfelt message truly shows tons about the man himself.

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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