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Women golfers from 19 colleges will compete in the 26th annual Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational on Monday and Tuesday at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course.

Among the schools joining the University of Hawaii and UH-Hilo are eighth-ranked Arizona State, No. 10 Arizona, No. 23 Notre Dame, UNLV, Washington State and Japan’s Osaka Gakuin. Play is 36 holes Monday and 18 Tuesday at 8 a.m. each day.

ASU features Golfweek/Sagarin’s eighth-ranked individual, Carlota Ciganda, and 18th-ranked Isabelle Boineau. UNLV’s Therese Koelbaek (17) and Notre Dame’s Nichole Zhang (19) are also in the Top 20.

On Wednesday, the Rainbow Wahine host the one-day Paradise Desert Classic at Luana Hills Golf Course. They will compete with ASU, Columbia, Hilo and Osaka Gakuin, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Hawaii has five freshmen on its roster. Sophomores Ka’ili Britos and Brigitte Baker lead the team with stroke averages of 78.1 and 78.4.

The Wahine’s final two scheduled events of the spring season are the Anteater Invitational, March 28-29 in California, and the Western Athletic Conference championships, April 15-17 in Mesa, Ariz.

Industry conference at Ko Olina

Those interested can still register for the Golf Industry Conference, March 21 at JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa and Ko Olina Golf Club.

The conference is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a golf clinic and pro-am from 1:30 to 5 p.m..

Featured speakers are Joe Steranka (CEO PGA of America), Admiral Thomas Fargo (Ret., U.S. Navy), Larry Gilhuly (Northwest Region director for the USGA Green Service) and David Abeles (vice president Taylor Made Golf).

Call the Aloha Section PGA (593-2230) to register or for more information.

Notes

» Golf writer Dick Mudry will guest on Sunday’s Emily T. Gail Show, on 850-AM in Hilo and 790-AM in Kona and espnhawaii.com.

» Hoakalei Country Club hosts its third annual Ernie Els Hoakalei Cup charitable golf tournament April 26.

The event benefits Beautiful Son Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii’s Hale Pono Ewa Beach Clubhouse, Campbell High School athletics, Hoakalei Cultural Foundation and Hoakalei Charities.

For more information, call 853-4347. The website is hoakaleicountryclub.com.

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