Five from UH at World University Games

Before joining the Rainbow Wahine golf team this fall, Eimi Koga is spending part of her summer representing the country at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea.

The Moanalua graduate is part of the three-member U.S. team and shot a 4-over-par 76 at Naju Gold Lake Country Club on Wednesday. She was tied for 21st after the first round.

Koga, the 2011 high school state champion, transferred to UH after playing two seasons at Washington. She posted a stroke average of 73.19 with five top-10 finishes and ended her sophomore season ranked 38th in the nation by She was 31st in the Golfweek Women’s Collegiate rankings posted in June.

Her addition figures to boost a Rainbow Wahine team that closed the season with a runner-up finish at the Big West championships. Sophomore Izzy Leung earned her first career win last September and led UH with a 75.4 scoring average. Sophomore Raquel Ek placed second at the Big West championships.

Also at the World University Games …

>> UH junior Taylor Molde (water polo) scored her first goal of the tournament in Canada’s 15-11 win over Japan on Wednesday. Canada went 4-0 in pool play and will face Hungary (1-3) in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

>> Former UH thrower TeRina Keenan placed ninth in her heat in the women’s discus while competing for New Zealand and missed out on qualifying for the final. Madara Apine competes in the triple jump for Lativa on Friday. Alex Porlier Langlois will represent Canada in the shot put on Saturday.

Meanwhile in Canada … 

>> Rainbow Wahine pitcher Brittany Hitchcock has two wins in three appearances in the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship in Surrey, British Columbia.

Hitchcock gave up one run on one hit, struck out six and walked none in four innings in Puerto Rico’s 9-1 win over Basque Country on Wednesday.

She held Mexico to three hits in six shutout innings in a 5-2 win on Tuesday. She surrendered three runs, two earned, in 1 1/3 innings in a 12-0 loss to Japan in Puerto Rico’s opening game of the tournament.