Hawai'i-Hilo to play host to college event
University of Hawai'i-Hilo will play host to its 12th annual Taylor Made/Waikoloa Intercollegiate tournament Wednesday-Friday at Waikoloa's Kings' Course.
Top-ranked Georgia Tech highlights the 24-team tournament. Other top-ranked teams include Southern California (No. 7), Texas Christian (8), Fresno State (11), Oklahoma (15) and Pepperdine (25).
Prior to the tournament, the third annual Waikoloa Future Stars College-Am will be played at the Kings' Course Tuesday.
The 54-hole tournament begins at 7 each morning. Previous participants include Tiger Woods, Notah Begay III, Casey Martin, Tim Herron, Matt Kuchar and Jim Furyk.
Manoa up next: The 2002 John A. Burns Intercollegiate will be Feb. 20-22 at Leilehua Golf Course. The field is made up of 18 U.S. colleges and Japan's Nagoya University.
Top-ranked teams in the Burns include Auburn (No. 12), New Mexico (16) and Arizona (23). UCLA, No. 50, features senior Parker McLachlin, a Punahou graduate and the reigning Rainbow Open champion.
UH-Manoa is ranked 145th and UH-Hilo is not in the Top 150 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
UH-Manoa will also play host to the Western Athletic Conference Championship, April 23-26 at Turtle Bay's Fazio Course. The Fazio is scheduled to open next month and complement The Links Course.
Tough clinics: The Hawai'i State Junior Golf Association will present a series of mental toughness training clinics Feb. 18-22. They are designed for juniors, parents and coaches.
Topics will include handling pressure, decreasing fear, improving concentration, negative thinking and coach/athlete conflicts. Chris Dorris, co-founder and owner of Head Games Sports Psychology and Corporate Training, will conduct the clinics. He has worked with Arizona State, the American Junior Golf Association and golf professionals.
Cost is $30 per person for HSJGA members. Two people (juniors and/or parents) are $55. Non-members, coaches and instructors cost $40 or two for $75.
The schedule for parents and juniors:
Hilo: Feb. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Hilo Community College, Manono Campus, Bldg. 388, Room 101.
Maui: Feb. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co., Accounting Office Conference Room.
Kaua'i: Feb. 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Lihu'e Public Library.
O'ahu: Feb. 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Pearl Country Club Grille Room.
A clinic for parents, coaches and instructors will be held Feb. 21, from 5:30-7:30 p.m at the Pearl Country Club Grille Room.
For more information, call HSJGA (532-0559).
SHORT PUTTS: The Navy-Marine Invitational, scheduled for May 3-5, has been canceled because of construction at the course.