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Murphy named Director of Golf

PRINCEVILLE — PGA member Steve Murphy has been named Director of Golf Operations at the Prince Golf Course in Princeville.

Murphy has been a Kaua‘i resident since 1992.

He began his golf career at the Poi‘pu Bay Golf Course in 1997 and has worked in a variety of positions in golf course operations.

Murphy joined the staff at the Prince Golf Course in 2003 as Assistant Golf Professional and Food & Beverage Manager. In 2005, he was named Head Golf Professional at the Prince Course, after completing PGA’s Professional Golf Management University Program and obtaining membership into the PGA of America.

Murphy has been serving as Interim Director of Golf at the Prince Course since last fall, when Princeville’s two courses — the 18-hole Prince and 27-hole Makai — came under separate ownership.

Michael Castillo, previously Director of Golf for Princeville Golf Courses, is now Director of Golf at the Makai Course, where he will oversee an extensive course renovation in the coming year.

Mokihana swimmers strong in Mother’s Day meet

Unofficial results, following just one day of a two-day meet hosted by Mokihana Aquatics, showed that many of its swimmers posted improvements in their respective competitive events.

The biggest improvement shown by Ethan Austin-Elbaz, 13, who trimmed 16.97 off his 200 Individual Medley time by crossing the line at 3:25.31Y.

Kamalani Brun, 11, swam a near-perfect meet with improvements in four of five events she competed in, the biggest coming in 100 Free (1:37.64Y) with a 10.19 improvement.

Other events improved include 50 Free (0.84), 50 Fly (5.06) and 100 Back (5.53).

Evan Hamamoto, 12, who has been showing well at off-island meets, also posted a near-perfect meet with improvements in four of his five events.

The 200 Individual Medley (3:00.62Y) was his greatest achievement where he cut 6.13 off his time for an HIAA rating. His other events that improved include the 50 Free (0.26), 50 Fly (0.66) and 100 Free (1.14).

Yasmine Ware, 10, also posted a near-perfect meet with her greatest achievement coming in the 200 Individual Medley where she crossed at 2:55.46Y for a 5.70 improvement and a qualifying time.

Her other events where she trimmed times include the 50 Free (0.42), the 100 Back (1.04) and the 100 Free (3.97).

Makana Waiamau, 13, also showed a good improvement in the 200 IM event where he cut 6.40 off his time with a 3:03.55Y swim.

Senior golf tourney set for Wailua

The Kaua‘i Seniors Golf Club hosts its second quarter golf tournament at the Wailua Golf Course on Saturday, May 19.

All seniors aged 55 years or older are invited to participate. May handicaps will be used to determine proper placement in the three flights.

Entry forms are available at Wailua Golf Course’s registration desk.

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