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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Thursday, June 12, 2003

Japan pulls out of U.S. Cup softball

Advertiser Staff

The Japan Softball Association yesterday announced that it will withdraw its team from the U.S. Cup, which is scheduled to be held June 19-22 at the University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.

Giving no reason for its withdrawal, Japan Softball also said it pulled all of its teams from international competition this summer.

The U.S. Cup will feature Team USA, Greece, Chinese Taipei and Canada. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students (with ID) per day. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or through www.hawaiiasa.com.

The USA team — the undisputed No. 1 team in the world for the past 17 years — has won the past five World Championships, the past four Pan Am Games and the past two Olympics. The have also won the past two U.S. Cups held at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.


McLachlin top qualifier: Honolulu's Parker McLachlin shot a 4-under-par 140 yesterday at the Gateway Golf Course in Detroit to take medalist honors in qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Men's Public Links Championship, July 14-19, in New Jersey.

McLachlin, a Punahou School and UCLA graduate, will be joined by Kaua'i qualifier Jonathan Ota and Waiakea High's Gabriel Wilson, who took the Big Island spot. O'ahu qualifying for one spot will be held Saturday at the Ala Wai Golf Course with the Maui qualifying set for June 21 at Waiehu.

This year's national championship will be held at the Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in Galloway, N.J.

HPU will add teams: Hawai'i Pacific University will field men's and women's golf teams for this upcoming school year, HPU president Chatt G. Wright has announced.

The teams will compete at the club level in the initial year. Scholarships will be offered as the programs move to intercollegiate status in the 2004-2005 school year.

Hawai'i Pacific competes in the six-team Pacific West Conference of the NCAA Division II. PacWest members Montana State-Billings and Western New Mexico currently offer men's and women's golf, while Hawai'i-Hilo offers men's golf.