The University of Hawaii has named Lori Castillo as the new head coach of the Rainbow Wahine golf program. Castillo, a 2008 Hawai‘i Golf Hall of Fame inductee, succeeds Ashley Biffle, who guided the Rainbow Wahine for the past 4 1/2 seasons. Hawaii finished the 2007-08 season ranked No. 71 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
As an amateur, Castillo won three U.S. Golf Association titles – the U.S. Girls’ Junior in 1978 and the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links in 1979 and ’80. At the time, she was the first female and one of only four golfers to hold two USGA titles at the same time joining Jack Nicklaus, Bobby Jones and Chick Evans. She also won the Junior World title for the 13-14 year-old division in 1975 and was a member of the 1980 Curtis Cup team.
Castillo attended the University of Tulsa for two years, where she was a member of the 1980 AIAW National Championship team. She later transferred to Stanford University, where she earned honorable mention All-America honors, and received her bachelor’s degree in communication in 1983.
Professionally, Castillo played one season on the Ladies Asian Tour and three seasons on the Ladies European Tour.
Castillo’s father, Ron, served as head coach of the Rainbow Wahine golf program from 1976-81.