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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 6, 2010

Kalani grad in NCAA regional

Advertiser Staff

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Kalani graduate Nicole Sakamoto, who is a sophomore at James Madison in Virginia, is one of three golfers selected by the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Committee to participate in the East Regional. The regional is today to Saturday at the Ironwood Country Club in Greenville, N.C.

Sakamoto is the first JMU women's golfer to qualify for the NCAA regional since the Dukes went as a team in 2005. She was a first-team All-CAA selection this season after leading the Dukes with a 75.0 stroke average in 10 events. She posted four top-5 finishes, including a second-place showing at the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association Championships.

A total of 369 participants has been selected for regional competition. Of these players, 126 will advance to the championship finals. Eight teams and two individuals advance from each regional.



Punahou alum Alex Ching was named all-West Coast Conference for the second year. The University of San Diego sophomore has helped his team win five team titles, including the Kaua'i Collegiate Invitational, and finished top-5 in 10 of its 13 events this season.

Ching was WCC Freshman of the Year last season and medalist at this year's Mardi Gras Invitational.

The 27th-ranked Toreros recently finished second in the WCC and find out Monday if they will be invited to compete in NCAA Regionals. Their coach, Tim Mickelson, was named WCC Coach of the year for the third time. USD has gone to the NCAAs three of the last four years and advanced out of the regionals for the first time last year, finishing 13th nationally.



Entry forms are available for the 2009-2010 Monte Ito Memorial Scholarship Award. The $1,500 scholarship is sponsored by The Honolulu Advertiser and implemented by the David S. Ishii Foundation.

The scholarship will be awarded to a Hawai'i high school senior or a college student from Hawai'i who best illustrates a "passion for journalism and golf" in an essay. Entries must be received by May 21.

Applications are available through high school journalism programs or by calling Arnold Hiura (256-7193) or Bill Bachran (523-7888). The forms will also be available at the Hawai'i State Junior Golf Association (hsjga.org) and Ishii Foundation (www.davidsishiifoundation.org) websites.


Ko'olau Golf Club will hold a Callaway Golf Demo Day Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the driving range. The latest Callaway equipment will be available, with discounted pricing, custom club fitting and swing tips from staff professionals. For more information, call 236-4653.