Qualifying for Pearl Open on Monday
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Monday's qualifier for the 28th annual Hawai'i Pearl Open could include as many as five women from Japan. Fourteen spots are available in the 192-player field. The opening round of the $81,000 tournament is Feb. 10 at Pearl Country Club. The Pro-Am is next Thursday.
Golfers from Hawai'i, Japan, the Mainland and South Korea will compete. About half the field comes from Japan's professional tour. Several of the country's top amateurs are also playing. The four female amateurs attempting to qualify range in age from 15 to 18; pro Ai Ogawa is 21.
Sakura Yokomine, the 2004 Japan LPGA Rookie of the Year, tied for 17th at Pearl last year, then won two JLPGA events.
California pro Will Yanagisawa will defend his title. Four-time champion Gregory Meyer also is playing, as is two-time champion Kiyoshi Murota, who shared 17th in his Champions Tour debut at last week's Turtle Bay Championship.
SACRED HEARTS' KANEKO TO PLAY IN TAKEFUJI
Sacred Hearts Academy freshman Ayaka Kaneko qualified for the LPGA's Takefuji Classic last month in Las Vegas. The Takefuji, which used to be played on O'ahu, is April 13 to 15 at Las Vegas Country Club.
Kaneko competed against two UNLV golfers for the second sponsor's exemption. She qualified with a 79. The first sponsor's exemption went to Las Vegas resident and top-ranked junior golfer In-Bee Park.
Kaneko, from Japan, lost a playoff with Mari Chun for the 2005 Jennie K. championship.
STATE JUNIOR ASSOCIATION ACCEPTING ENROLLMENTS
The Hawai'i State Junior Golf Association is accepting enrollments for its 2006 season. Juniors 7 or older on or before July 14, and not yet 19 or in college, are eligible.
Annual membership is $25. Forms can be obtained at HSJGA.org or by calling 532-0559.
HSJGA members are eligible to play in the Junior World Hawai'i qualifier, State Junior Championship, Junior Tour Series on the four major islands and the HSJGA Tournament of Champions. They also can enter affiliated tournaments and be eligible for exemptions, College Workshops, Mental Training and Rules Clinics.
Members also receive a GHIN handicap through the USGA and Hawai'i State Golf Association. First-year members get a one-year USGA membership.
PEPPER, COCKERILL TO HEADLINE WORKSHOP
TV analysts and former players Dottie Pepper and Kay Cockerill will participate in the HSJGA's semiannual college workshop, Feb. 22 at Pearl Country Club. The workshop runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
It is open to all and is geared toward the college-bound student-athlete.
Pepper and Cockerill will join a panel of Division I coaches and players, and parents of college golfers. The panel will field questions and discuss topics such as NCAA recruitment guidelines, academic and athletic requirements, scholarships, resumes and how to get noticed by coaches. Literature will also be available.
Registration forms can be obtained at HSJGA.org or by calling 532-0559.
The workshop is free for HSJGA members and family, and $5 for non-members. Registration deadline is Wednesday.
APPLEBY FEATURED ON 'GOLF HAWAI'I'
Monday's "Golf Hawai'i" show, with Mark Rolfing on the Golf Channel, will feature Stuart Appleby. He has won the last three Mercedes Championships. The show debuts at 1:30 p.m. and will be re-aired at 7 p.m.
Kapalua also will be featured, along with tips and Rolfing's view on the PGA Tour and TV.