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Juniors have invaded the fourth annual Hawaii State Golf Association Four-Ball Tournament, which opens Sunday at Ted Makalena Golf Course. Last year, more than 80 two-person teams entered.

Among the many Hawaii State Junior Golf Association members entered are Allisen Corpuz, 12, and Kacie Komoto, 15, who are trying to improve on last year’s 20th-place finish. Both have won a Hawaii State Women’s Golf Association major.

Moanalua sophomore Eimi Koga, a Junior World champion last year, is playing with Kaimuki Middle School seventh-grader Kyosuke Hara, who qualified for last week’s Hawaii Pearl Open.

Last year, Ryan Kuroiwa and Jared Sawada shot 65 to win by a shot over Paul Kimura and Ren Frias. The championship flight was cut to one round because of a hurricane watch the first day. Sawada is a junior on the University of Hawaii team now, while Kuroiwa, an Aiea High School senior, will play for the Rainbows in the fall.

The A and B flights play their first round this Sunday, and the championship flight opens Feb. 26. All three flights play their final round Feb. 27. Golf starts at 7 a.m. each day.

Golf Industry Conference coming

Registration is open for the seventh Golf Industry Conference, presented by the Aloha Section PGA and Aloha Section PGA Foundation.

The conference will be March 21 at JW Marriott Ihilani Resort, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. A clinic and pro-am follow at Ko Olina Golf Club. Cost is $75 for the conference and $125 for both.

Expected to attend are representatives from "all the major stakeholders from Hawaii’s core golf industry" and leaders from affiliated markets, according to organizers. That includes the hospitality, tourism, real estate, resort development, transportation and advertising industries.

The purpose of the conference is to discuss and identify major issues facing the golf industry. A Hawaii Golf Industry Council will be formed.

Speakers include Joe Steranka, executive officer of the PGA of America, David Abeles, executive vice president and general manager of Taylor Made Golf, and Larry Gilhuly, from the USGA’s Green Service.

Participants can register at aloha.pga.com, by calling 593-2230 or e-mailing aloha@pgahq.com.

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NOTICES

» The second annual Warriors Volleyball benefit golf tournament will be April 14 at Olomana Golf Links.

The format is a three-person scramble with adjusted handicap. The cost is $150 per player. All proceeds benefit UH men’s volleyball. To register online or print out an entry form, visit hawaiiathletics.com and go to the Boosters link on the men’s volleyball page.

For more information, call the UH volleyball office at 956-9931. The registration deadline is April 1.

» The Miss Hawaii 2011 Golf Tournament is May 27 at Pearl Country Club. The cost is $175 each or $525 for a three-person team, with proceeds helping maintain the $500,000-plus fund for scholarship awards and tuition grants. For information, call John Pang (479-8098), Ken Rakta (247-4121) or Don Harada (947-7575).

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