MasterCard Championship stays at Hualalai
The MasterCard Championship at Hualalai, which has kicked off the Champions Tour season the past 10 years, will return to the Big Island resort course for the next two years, according to PGA officials.
The Jack Nicklaus-designed course will next host the event Jan. 14-21, 2007. The 54-hole tournament features winners of the majors the past five years (2002-2006) and the official money-event champions from the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
The Golf Channel will provide live coverage of all three rounds.
Judoka Takata headed to Pan Ams
Taylor Takata, a 2000 Iolani School graduate, has been named to the USA Judo team that will compete in the Pan American Championships, May 25-27, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Takata, from Wahiawa, will compete in the 66kg weight class in the Shiai division. He is currently living at the Harlingen (Texas) USA Judo National Training Site.
The tournament marks the start of the qualification period for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Kahalehau signs with Alaska-Anchorage
Setter Tehane Kahalehau, who helped Kamehameha to the state volleyball title last fall, has signed a letter of intent to play for Alaska-Anchorage next season.
The 5-foot-7 Kahalehau was an all-state selection for the Warriors, who went 20-1. She joins former Farrington middle blocker Paepaetele Poasa, who earlier signed with the Seawolves after two all-conference seasons at Taft (Calif.) Junior College.
Le'i, Peiler named All-West Region
Hawaii sophomore outfielder Brandi Peiler was awarded All-West Region honors yesterday when she was named to the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association second team.
Iolani alumnus Ianeta Le'i was named to the first team as a first baseman at Brigham Young.
Both players are now eligible for NFCA All-America consideration.
In 2005 Peiler was named to the Division II second team as a utility player out of Hawaii Pacific.