Ex-isle man speeds to Winter Olympics
When the 2006 Winter Olympics opens Feb. 10 in Turin, Italy, Ryan Shimabukuro will complete an improbable quest that has consumed his life for more than two decades. On that day, the Hawaii-raised man will participate in the worldwide winter classic.
"I can only imagine how it's going to feel. It seems like it's been a dream of mine forever," said Shimabukuro, who coaches the U.S. speedskating team.
Trevino, Crenshaw join MasterCard field
Lee Trevino, Ben Crenshaw, Gary Player and Lanny Wadkins have accepted sponsor invitations and will compete in the Champions Tour season-opening MasterCard Championship at Hualalai on the Big Island.
The tourney is the first of 29 tour events in 2006 and will run Jan. 20-22.
It's the first trip to Hualalai for Crenshaw. It will be the 14th appearance for Trevino, eighth for Player and third for Wadkins.
» Wailea Golf Academy pro Eddie Lee has been named the Aloha Section PGA Teacher of the Year.
"I feel very privileged to join all of the talented instructors who have held this honor and very humbled because I was chosen for this award by my peers," Lee said.
A graduate of the San Diego Golf Academy, Lee is the lead instructor at the Wailea Golf Academy, based at the Wailea Golf Club on Maui.
Earlier this year, he was named by Golf Digest as the top golf instructor in Hawaii, based on votes submitted by other pros statewide. He has also been previously honored as assistant pro of the year by the Aloha Section PGA.
Former doubles champion to give clinic
Former French Open doubles champion Luke Jensen will be part of tennis clinics at Central Oahu Regional Park on New Year's Day.
The cost is $25 to attend the clinics for ages 4-8 (3-4 p.m.), ages 9-18 (4-5:30 p.m.) and adults (5:30 to 7 p.m.)
There will also be exhibition matches featuring Jensen from 7-8:30 p.m. To reserve a spot, call 479-6727 or 677-1334.