• College golf tees up in Princeville
• Slater takes tour opener; Irons finishes fifth
• Kaua’i youth rodeo fundraiser
• Po’ipu Bay G.C. Demo Day
College golf tees up in Princeville
By The Garden Island
College golf returns to the Princeville Makai Course (Oceans and Lakes) for the 2006 Kaua’i Collegiate Cup, which tees off from March 17-18.
Western Kentucky University, host school of the event since its inception in 2000, welcomes a highly competitive field featuring some of the nation’s top collegiate golfers.
According to a press release, the 54-hole event has attracted 12 outstanding college golf teams, the largest field in the seven-year history of the contest. Taking part in the tournament will be teams respresenting BYU-Hawai’i, Illinois St., Murray State, North Dakota State, Princeton, Rollins College, Skidmore College, University of Toronto, Walters State Community College, Western Illinois, Yale, and host Western Kentucky.
Coach Brian Tirpak’s host Hilltoppers won the 2005 event last March with a tourney record 40-under-par 824 total. The top three finishers, all from Western — ’05 medalist Robby Shaw (12-under 204, also an event record) and runners-up Brent Long and Parker Scarboro (with 11-under 205 totals), return to Kaua’i for this year’s event.
Eight student-athletes scheduled to participate in the event were recently ranked by Golfstat among the top three percent of the estimated 10,000 NCAA collegiate golfers in the nation.
The event begins at 7:30 a.m. on March 17 and the teams will play 36 holes that day. The final 18 will get underway at 8:30 a.m., Saturday. Admission to the Kaua’i Collegiate Cup is free.
Slater takes tour opener; Irons finishes fifth
Florida’s Kelly Slater captured the Quiksilver Pro, the first event of the season, yesterday in Australia.
Hanalei’s Andy Irons, was the top Hawai’i finisher with a tie for fifth-place, after losing to runner-up Taj Burrow in the quarterfinals.
The Rip Curl Pro, the tour’s next event, begins on April 11 at Bells Beach, Australia.
Meanwhile, Australia’s Melanie Redmann-Carr defeated Layne Beachley for the Roxy Pro title.
Kaua’i’s Rochelle Ballard made it to the semifinals, losing to the eventual champ.
The next women’s event heads to Fiji for the Roxy Pro on April 22.
Kaua’i youth rodeo fundraiser
Come support a fundraiser for the Kaua’i National High School and Jr. Wrangler Qualifiers on April 23, starting at 9 a.m. at the Old Waimea Dairy site.
It’s $350 per ranch, with prizes for the top ranch participating in all events (ribbon roping, relay race, cattle branding, cattle loading, pony express, ribbon race).
There’s also a #5 jackpot with handicap event after the ranch rodeo ($20 per man).
Buckles will be awarded to the top team (using ACTRA numbers).
Contact Sheri Carveiro at 245-2577, Candi Akita at 335-0945, or David Shimogawa at 635-2215 for more info.
Po’ipu Bay G.C. Demo Day
The Po’ipu Bay Golf Course will be hosting a “Demo Day” on Sunday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors participating: Taylor Made R7 425 Driver, Nike Sasquatch Driver, Titleist/Cobra 905 series driver’s and Vokey Wedge Fitting, and Ping G 5 products.
Drawings will take place every hour for free rounds of golf and there will be a 25-percent discount on Grand Slam apparel (caps and accessories).
For more info., call 742-8711.