Webb, Inkster, Sheehan will tee it up at LPGA's SBS Open
The latest commitment sheet for the SBS Open, which opens the LPGA season Feb. 16 to 18 at Turtle Bay, includes Hall of Famers Karrie Webb, Juli Inkster and Patty Sheehan.
Jennifer Rosales will defend her title at the Palmer Course, and be joined by heralded rookies Ai Miyazato and Morgan Pressel.
The tournament also has commitments from eight of last year's top 10 money winners — Paula Creamer (2), Cristie Kerr (3), Lorena Ochoa (4), Jeong Jang (5), Meena Lee (7), Hee-Won Han (8), Gloria Park (9) and Catriona Matthew (10).
Former Rainbow Wahine Cindy Rarick will play, as will Grace Park, who attended Mid-Pacific for a short time.
Punahou junior Michelle Wie is not committed to Turtle Bay, but will be in the inaugural Fields Open in Hawai'i, Feb. 23 to 25 at Ko Olina Golf Club.
HAWAI'I WOMEN SIGN THREE PLAYERS
The University of Hawai'i women's soccer team signed three players for the 2006 season, coach Pinsoom Tenzing announced yesterday.
Ambree Ako, a forward from 'Aiea High school; Vanessa Bailey, a forward/midfielder from Northville (Mich.) High School; and Julie Siljestrom, a defender from Satellite High School in Cocoa Beach, Fla., all signed letters of intent yesterday.
Ako was a four-year starter for 'Aiea and had 44 goals in her prep career. She was also a three-time O'ahu Interscholastic Association pick.
"Ambree enjoyed a prolific career in high school and gives us a lot of speed up front," Tenzing said. "She's a very versatile striker."
Bailey and Siljestrom are the first recruits from Michigan and Florida to sign with UH.
"All three of them are fleet-footed and very accomplished soccer players," Tenzing said.
CAL STATE CHICO TAKES TWO FROM HPU
Cal State Chico swept a non-league doubleheader against Hawai'i Pacific yesterday at Hans L'Orange Park, winning the opener, 7-3, and taking the nightcap, 9-1.
Daniel Code went 3 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs for Chico in the first game. Greg Finazzo drove in three runs for Chico (4-2) in the nightcap.
Brandon Sato went 4 for 4 for the Sea Warriors (2-4) in the first game, and Tyler Jefferson went 2 for 2 with a run scored in the second game.
CHICO STATE (3-2) 000 131 2—7 8 2
HAWAI'I PACIFIC (2-3) 000 100 2—3 12 3
Billy Spottiswood, Jason Maes (7), Ryan Harbaugh (7) and Mark Gentry. Spencer Omalza, Ikena DuPont (6) and Gavin Concepcion. W—Spottiswood (1-0). L—Omalza (0-1).
Leading hitters—CS: Daniel Code 3-4, homer, double, 4 RBIs, 2 runs; Carl Fairburn double, RBI; Jesus Luna homer. HPU: Colton Silva 2-4, double, run; Grandon Costa double, RBI, run; Brandon Sato 4-4; Jherell Miller 2-4, double, run; Concepcion RBI.
CHICO STATE (4-2) 120 120 3—9 8 1
HAWAI'I PACIFIC (2-4) 000 100 0—1 7 1
Christopher Rodriguez, Elliott Tyson (6) and Lorin Nakagawa. Turhan Folse, Michael Kealoha (2), Matt Burson (5), Danny Lee (7) and Gavin Concepcion. W—Rodriguez (1-0). L—Folse (0-1).
Leading hitters—CS: Joey Burke 2-4, RBI, run; Aaron Demuth 2-3, 2 runs; Daniel Code RBI; Chad Williams double, RBI, 2 runs; Greg Finazzo 3 RBIs, run; Nakagawa RBI, run. HPU: Tyler Jefferson 2-2, run; Ryson Mauricio RBI.
KANSAS ROLLS OVER UH-HILO, 8-3
Justin Ellrich's pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning broke a 2-2 tie and Kansas went on to an 8-3 non-conference victory over UH-Hilo yesterday at Wong Stadium on the Big Island.
The Jayhawks (3-0) added two runs in the eighth and three in the ninth inning to pull away from the Vulcans (0-3).
Mark Veneri and Kyler Wartman each went 3 for 4 for the Vulcans.
KANSAS (3-0) 011 000 123—8 14 2
UH-HILO (0-3) 200 000 010—3 11 2
Andy Marks, Ryotaro Hayakawa (5), Ryan Anthony (6), Paul Smyth (7), Nick Czyz (8) and Dylan Parzyk, Buck Afenir. Ryan Olszewski, Eddie Gutierrez (7), Kyler Wartman (8) and Tyler Curtis. W—Anthony (1-0). L—Olszewski (0-1). S—Czyz (1).
Leading hitters—KU: Matt Baty 2-5, run; Ritchie Price 2-5, RBI, run; Jared Schweitzer 3-5, homer, RBI, 2 runs; Gus Milner RBI, run; John Allman RBI; Ryne Price double, 2 RBIs; Erik Morrison 2-4, double, homer, RBI, 2 runs; Justin Ellrich RBI. UHH: Chris Campbell double, run; Mark Veneri 3-4; Robby Mowers RBI; Curtis 2-3, run; Wartman 3-4; Dayne Ogawa RBI.
ARKANSAS-MONTICELLO, BYUH SPLIT PAIR
Freshman Tess Haertling gave up just two hits while striking out four in the nightcap as Brigham Young University-Hawai'i opened its season by splitting a doubleheader with Arkansas-Monticello yesterday at La'ie.
Arkansas-Monticello won the first game, 5-0, while the Seasiders won the second, 9-1.
Alyssa Crouse, Melissa Lehano, McCaye Tobler, Rebecca Orosz and Brianne Fabrizio each had two hits for the Seasiders in the second game.
ARK.-MONTICELLO (1-0) 001 000 4—5 8 2
BYU-HAWAI'I (0-1) 000 000 0—0 5 3
Ashley Burkett and Carley Burkett. Dristeena Veazie and Alyssa Crouse. W—Burkett (1-0). L—Veazie (0-1).
Leading hitters—AM: Terri Rodgers RBI, run; Sarah Reed double, run; Jodie Scott 2-4, double, RBI, run; Kate Brady RBI; Rachael Blakley 2-3, run.
ARK.-MONTICELLO (1-1) 000 01—1 2 2
BYU-HAWAI'I (1-1) 120 33—9 13 0
Leah Vaughn, K.K. Valloway (4) and Carley Burkett, Alicia Kennedy. Tess Haertling and Alyssa Crouse. W—Haertling (1-0). L—Vaughn (0-1).
Leading hitters—AM: Kate Brady homer. BYUH: Crouse 2-4, 2 RBIs, run; Melissa Lehano 2-3, 2 RBIs, run; Holly Bjork double, 2 RBIs, run; McCaye Tobler 2-3, double, RBI; Sherri Howell double; Rebecca Orosz 2-3, double, 2 runs; Brianne Fabrisio 2-3, 2 runs; Clairissa Bruce RBI, 2 runs.