Zachary Kaneshiro Plays in Sony Open Pro-Am
Senior Zackary Kaneshiro came in third in the Michelle Wie Tournament of Champions in Wailea, Maui. As the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association's Player of the Year, Zack received an invitation to the Sony Open PGA event in January. From January 9 to 11, Zack worked with tour pros, competed in the Sony Skills Challenge and participated in the Song Open Pro-Am event. Congratulations on a job well done, Zack!
Kaneshiro and his teammate Rory Sabbatini won the long drive contest in the Hawaii Tourism Authority Pro-Junior Challenge, blasting his tee shot 43 yards short of the 10th green. Last year Zackary and his PGA TOUR pro Li Haotong also won the long drive contest. Watch the video here!
USTA Honors Tennis Program Head Chanon Alcon
Chanon Alcon, who heads Mid-Pacific's tennis program, has received a Special Service Award from the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Ever humble, Alcon said he was surprised to be selected for the award. The award recognizes Alcon for his wide range of service, from working with young children to tournament-level players.
The award states "Chanon has developed an outstanding tennis program on the Mid-Pacific campus, earning respect and creditability as he attracts many talented students ... As a former college player and coach at the University of Hawaii, he has a unique and important perspective that supports initiatives to grow local talent."
Baseball Camp with Los Angeles Dodgers
On December 28 and 29, Mid-Pacific hosted a baseball camp featuring Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson and Corey Seager as coaches. Seager was this year's MLB Rookie of the Year, and both Pederson and Seager are rising stars within the Dodger organization. The event attracted 240 youths ages 7 to 14. It was organized by Team Kado Baseball's Donny Kadokawa in cooperation with Mid-Pacific's Dunn Muramaru. Combined with the camp was the inaugural Hawaii Home Run Derby on January 30 at Hans L'Orange field in Waipahu.
All coaches (including Seager and Pederson) were very active in coaching all campers, giving each player valuable feedback. "Look up. You can't be looking at the ground," said Kadokawa, a 1991 Mid-Pacific graduate and baseball standout. The Varsity Boys Baseball team assisted with the clinic, which taught the importance of fundamentals in a fun and interesting environment.