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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Thursday, February 24, 2005

Porter-King elected to USGA committee

Advertiser Staff


Mary Bea Porter-King, a Lihu'e, Kaua'i, resident and member of the Hawai'i Golf Hall of Fame, was recently elected to her fifth year as a member of the United States Golf Association's executive committee.

The elections were Feb. 5 at the USGA's annual meeting at Santa Barbara, Calif. Fred Ripley of Tampa, Fla., was elected to his second one-year term as USGA president.

Porter-King, who was instrumental in bringing U.S. Open regional and sectional qualifying to the Islands for the first time last year, is one of 15 on the executive committee.

Porter-King has officiated at various USGA championships, including the past three U.S. Opens and the past seven U.S. Women's Opens.

She is also the founder and president of the Hawai'i State Junior Golf Association, as well as the junior golf representative for the Hawai'i Women's State Golf Association.

Kamehameha's Chun named All-American

Kamehameha Schools senior Mari Chun has been named one of 10 girls on the EA Sports All-American team.

Players were selected based on skill, consistent performance and recommendations by amateur golf experts. They must have competed on their high school golf team.

In the past year, Chun won Callaway Junior World and Hawai'i State Junior Golf Association Tournament of Champions titles, along with the Westfield Junior PGA Championship. She won the Hawai'i State Women's Golf Association Match Play title in the summer and has accepted a golf scholarship to Stanford. Her grade point average is 4.12.

Other EA All-Americans include California's Angela Park and Jennie Lee, South Carolina's Mallory Hetzel and Arizona's Amanda Blumenherst. All have been in the top 10 of the Golfweek/Titleist junior rankings.

Miyahira honored for work with youths

Kelvin Miyahira has earned honorable mention honors on U.S. Kids Golf's list of America's 2004 Top 50 Kids Teachers. Miyahira is founder and president of the Hawai'i Youth Golf Association and has taught for 20 years.

U.S. Kids is honoring professionals who have "dedicated their careers to developing youth golf in their communities." Recipients include instructors in 28 states. Nine of Miyahira's former students have received golf scholarships.