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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Former Punahou golfer Kono earns All-America honors

Advertiser Staff

Punahou alum Stephanie Kono has been named to the National Golf Coaches Association All-America first team for the second straight year. The UCLA sophomore was also recently named to the U.S. Curtis Cup team.

Kono has a scoring average of 72.0 in her first two collegiate seasons. She has won three tournaments and led the Bruins, who were ranked No. 1 part of this season, in scoring each year.

Locally, Kono won the 2001 Hawai'i State Women's Match Play Championship at age 11, then making her the youngest winner in history. In 2008, she became the first woman ever to make the cut at the Mid-Pacific Open. She set three records while winning the 2006 girls state high school championship, shooting an 8-under-par 64 from the middle tees that was the lowest tournament round in HHSAA history and the women's course record at Turtle Bay. She finished at 8-under 136, also an HHSAA tournament low.

Internationally, Kono was a member of the U.S. team at the 2007 Ping Junior Solheim Cup and won the 2005 Harder German Junior Masters, after capturing the Westfield Junior PGA Championship.