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Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2010

Junior golfers can sign up with HSJGA

 • Okita keeps swinging in game of his lifetime

The Hawaii State Junior Golf Association has officially opened its 2010 season and is accepting new and returning member applications.

HSJGA membership is open to male and female golfers between the ages of 7 and 18, who have not entered college and demonstrate a basic understanding of the game.

Annual membership is from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 and the yearly fee is $35. The fee includes a Membership Handbook, college workshops, instructional clinics, rules workshops, 2010 Rules of Golf book, bag tag (one, when joining the HSJGA), GHIN handicap (donated by the HSGA and USGA) and participation in the activities and programs of the HSJGA.

The HSJGA's mission is to promote the game of golf for juniors of all ages and skill levels. All members must pass an online Rules Quiz before entering a tournament.

Membership applications can be submitted online at HSJGA.org. For more information, call 532-0559 or e-mail HSJGAoffice@gmail.com.

WIE TO PLAY IN ASIA

Hawai'i's Michelle Wie will take her textbooks from Stanford to Thailand and Singapore this month to play in the LPGA's season-opening events.

The Punahou graduate, now taking 20 units in Stanford's winter quarter, plans to play in both the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand, Feb. 18 to 21 in Chonburi, and the HSBC Women's Champions, the following week in Singapore.

Wie, who won her first professional tournament in November, moved up to ninth in this week's Rolex World Rankings. The Top 10 will all be in Singapore, which has a 63-player limited field. Wie will be joined by Lorena Ochoa, Jiyai Shin, Suzann Pettersen, Anna Nordvqist, Cristie Kerr, Yani Tseng, Paula Creamer, Ai Miyazato and Angela Stanford.

Wie's quarter ends just before the LPGA opens in the U.S. the end of March. She plans to play the LPGA Classic Presented by J Golf in Carlsbad, Calif., the week before the Kraft Nabisco Championship. The year's first major is April 1 to 4.

Kā'ANAPALI RANKS

Kā'anapali Golf Resort is the only Hawai'i property in Golf World's "100 Best Golf Shops" listing. The 25th annual collection of private, resort, public and off-course golf shops appears in the Feb. 1 issue.

Eight shops have appeared on the list all 25 years: Medinah, TPC Sawgrass, Hillandale, Doral Golf Resort and Spa, Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, Haggin Oaks and Carl's Golfland. Thirty new shops were added this year the largest turnover since 1997.

To be considered for the annual list, golf shops submitted entries to the magazine. Winning shops were chosen based on three criteria: revenue per square foot and per round of golf played compared with shops in the same category; appearance of layout and product displays, and; evaluation of a shop's successful promotions and initiatives within the last year.

NOTES

Ko'olau Golf Club will have a special Super Bowl shotgun tournament Sunday, at 7:30 a.m. The cost is $55 for kama'āina and $130 for visitors. The package includes green and cart fees, a box breakfast, games and prizes and food and beverage specials during the football game at Honey's. Call 236-4653 to register or for more information.

Emily T Gail Talks Golf and Other Sports will feature Maui's Mark Rolfing. The golf commentator will talk about the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualālai and the Champions Tour. Other guests will be clubmakers Mike Moynihan and Chris Hunt. There will also be clips from Fred Couples, John Cook, Jay Haas and Hale Irwin. The show airs Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN Radio AM850 Hilo/AM790 Kona and www.espnhawaii.com.

Makalei Golf Club is having a Taylor Made Demo Day Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The club has also scheduled Pink Day at Makalei on Feb. 20. It is a two-person scramble tournament that costs $80 per team. The next Golf Nine with Plenty Wine is Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. The format is two-person alternate shot, followed by wine-tasting.

This year's Rough Rider Shoot-Out will be March 19 at Hickam Māmala Bay, with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. It is a benefit for Roosevelt High School. Format is three-person scramble and entry fee $125 (civilians) or $110 (military) per person. Entry deadline is Feb. 28. Call 265-6643, 392-2526 or 358-3822 for more information.