Prep champ Cabalar in Hickam Invitational field Jennie K.'s special in hearts of champions
Campbell sophomore Rudy Cabalar, who just won the state high school golf championship, vies for the Hickam Invitational title beginning tomorrow at the Māmala Bay Golf Course.
Cabalar will be joined in Championship Flight by Seung Jae Maeng and Tyler Ota, who won last weekend's Francis Brown Four-Ball Championship, along with Lorens Chan, Mike Kawate and Brandan Kop.
Cabalar was second to Matthew Ma at Hickam last year, barely missing a 35-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would have forced a playoff.
The tournament also has A, B, Senior and Super Senior flights.
WIE IN MATCH PLAY
Michelle Wie opens the Sybase Match Play Championship today against Stacy Prammanasudh. The Punahou graduate is seeded eighth while Prammanasudh, the 2007 Fields Open in Hawai'i champion, is 50th.
"The good news," Prammanasudh said of her matchup, "is that I'll be hitting into the greens first all day."
Winner of the tournament at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, N.J., gets $375,000 out of the $1.5 million purse.
The field of 64 has the world's 10 top-ranked players, including No. 1 Jiyai Shin, No. 2 Ai Miyazato and No. 8 Wie.
The Golf Channel's broadcasts will begin at 7 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. HST today and tomorrow, and 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on the weekend. Wie and Prammanasudh tee off at 7:04 a.m. HST today and will be shown in the afternoon broadcast.
HSWGA STROKE PLAY
The HSWGA State Stroke Play Championship will be July 27 to 29 at Mid-Pacific Country Club. Amateur women with a 14.0 handicap index or less are eligible. Entry fee is $160.
The HSWGA State Match Play Championship is Aug. 11 to 13 at Oahu Country Club. There will be two flights, with golfers having a handicap index of 21.9 or less eligible. Entry forms will be available at www.hswga.org or by calling 833-6423.
"Waikoloa Family Golf Days" runs June 1 to July 31. After 3:30 p.m., families can play nine holes on the Kings' Course for $50 for adults, $25 for juniors (17-under). That includes green fees, cart fee and free rental clubs for juniors. Adult clubs are available at a $25 rental fee. Junior clubs are on a first-come, first-served basis.
"Golf Nine with Plenty Wine" events at Makalei Golf Club will be held tomorrow, Aug. 27 and Dec. 10. They offer a 9-hole round of golf at 3 p.m. followed by wine tasting at sunset, at the Makalei clubhouse. Format is two-person alternate shot. The golf portion is limited to 20 two-person teams. The sunset wine tasting is open to anyone age 21 or older, with or without golf. Cost is $60 per two-person team (or $30 for one), for the nine-hole tournament, prizes and wine tasting. Wine tasting only is $15. Advance reservations are required.
The Hawai'i Golf Representatives Association will have a sample sale June 5 at Washington Middle School cafeteria (1633 S. King St.). Golf equipment and apparel will be featured.