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Hilo’s Yada wins Big Sky title

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 2:07 a.m. HST, Apr 21, 2011

Hilo’s Britney Yada, a Portland State sophomore, holed out from 105 yards for eagle on the first hole yesterday and went on to win the Big Sky Conference Women’s Golf Championship by five shots.

Yada led the Vikings to their second straight team title. They shot a tournament-record 880 at Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz., to beat Northern Arizona by 11 strokes.

Yada had rounds of 72-68-70. Her 6-under-par 210 total broke the school 54-hole record she set earlier this month on the same course.

It was Yada’s eighth straight top-10 finish. The Waiakea graduate has earned first-team all-conference honors both years.

Yada, a three-time BIIF champion, was named Big Sky Golfer of the Week for the third time in her career April 6 after winning her first collegiate title, the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic. The Vikings now advance to an NCAA regional next month.

Wahine last at WAC championship

The University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine dropped from third place to last on Sunday’s final day of the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Championship in Mesa, Ariz. San Jose State won its third straight title, beating New Mexico State by two shots.

The Spartans had an 884 total while the Wahine finished at 929 after a final-round 313. Sophomore Ka‘ili Britos led UH with a score of 77—228, good for 14th.

The men’s WAC championship is May 2-4 at Henderson, Nev.


» Hilo’s Kimberly Kim, in the midst of her rookie year on the LPGA Tour, will be a guest on 1420 Golf, Saturday from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on KKEA, 1420-AM.

» The 12th Dave Shoji Invitational Golf Tournament, to raise funds to support the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine volleyball team summer school scholarships, spring tournament travel and recruiting budgets, is May 5, at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course. The cost is $200, which includes lunch, awards and dinner. Call 956-2506 for information.

» Haseko Hawaii, Inc. and Hoakalei Charities will host a Friendship Golf Tournament on May 6 at Hoakalei Country Club. The event will benefit the Japanese Red Cross Society and all proceeds will go toward disaster relief efforts. The format is three-person scramble and the cost is $120 per player. The entry deadline is April 29. For more information, call 954-9653 or visit

» The 14th annual Hawaii Baptist Academy Athletic Booster Club Golf Tournament will be June 20 at Mid-Pacific Country Club. Entry fee is $185 per player or $550 per three-person team. For more information, contact HBA athletics at 564-0327 or e-mail athletic director Deren Oshiro at Registration forms are at Entry deadline is May 30.

»There is a new date for the Kona Open. It will now be June 25 and 26 at Kona Country Club and registration forms are out. Pros will play for $15,000 and amateurs for $3,000 in certificates. There are open (pros and amateurs with an index of 6.6 or less) and A flights (maximum handicap of 18). Entry deadline is June 10. Practice rounds are available. For more information, call 808-324-2722 on the Big Island or visit

» Kauai Lagoons Golf Club is one of 32 facilities around the world that will celebrate the fourth annual Marriott Golf International Family Golf Festival. The Kauai event will be July 9. The festival is designed to encourage parents and children to learn and play golf together. The day offers free instruction, clinics, interactive golf games, family golf programs and prizes. After the formal program, families can golf free as part of the Kids Golf-4-Free program.

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