UH's Matsuoka gets Ho'olaule'a award Top college golfers gather at Mauna Lani
University of Hawai'i senior Erin Matsuoka was named the state's Outstanding Woman Golfer by the Hawai'i State Women's Golf Association at the second annual Hawai'i Golf Ho'olaule'a Awards.
The 2006 Punahou graduate was 32nd at last season's Western Athletic Conference Championship. She also reached the semifinals of the State Match Play Championship last summer.
Matsuoka's best collegiate finish came her freshman year when she was 30th at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational. She is one of two seniors on this year's team, with Corie Hou from Australia. Second-year coach Lori Castillo has three freshmen — Kamehameha's Ka'ili Britos, Brigitte Baker from Florida and Laura Polak from Victoria, Canada.
This year's Invitational is March 15 and 16 at Kāne'ohe Klipper. The Rainbow Wahine open their spring season at Stanford's Peg Barnard Invitational Feb. 13.
SCHOOL AT KO OLINA
Balance Point Golf School will be at Ko Olina Golf Club through April 17. It offers half-day, one-day and multi-day programs, covering full swing fundamentals, putting, short game and the mental game.
Balance Point founder Jim Waldron was named one of the Top 400 golf instructors in the nation by Golf Magazine. His golf schools integrate mechanics, balance, tempo and fitness training with mental conditioning.
For more information, visit www.balancepointgolf.com or call 800-898-4563.
Sunday's Emily T. Gail Talks Golf, on ESPN Radio AM850 Hilo/AM790 Kona, will look back at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, with clips from winner Tom Watson, Peter Jacobson, Nick Price, Corey Pavin, Hale Irwin, Gary Player and broadcaster David Marr III.
The Hawai'i State Women's Golf Association will be honoring its "Most Improved Golfers of 2009" at its first General Meeting of the year, Feb. 22 at Waikele Golf Course. The meeting begins with breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by discussion at 9:15 a.m. A two-person "mini tournament" follows at 11:30 a.m. Participants can sign up for both the tournament and meeting, or just one. Call 589-2046 for information.
The sixth annual Hawai'i Foodbank Golf Classic, to feed the hungry in Hawai'i, will be Feb. 12 at Hawai'i Prince Golf Club. Registration and check-in, along with a putting contest, begin at 9:30 a.m. The shotgun start is 11:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Foodbank. Last year, the Classic raised $32,000. For information or to register, visit www.hawaiifoodbank.org or call 836-3600 ext. 244.
The fourth annual Kona Brewers Fest Golf Open, a benefit for Hawaii Montessori School, tees off at Big Island Country Club March 12, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Golfers of all levels are welcome in the four-person scramble using the Peoria scoring system. Cost is $150. Preregister by downloading a registration form from www.KonaBrewersFestival.com. For information, call 808-756-0788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.