Chris Zambri won the Waikoloa Village Pro Tour tournament with a short putt for par on the third playoff hole on the Big Island yesterday.
Zambri wins three-
man Pro Tour playoff
In the first sudden death playoff in Pro Tour Hawaii history, Jay Hunter, whose 18-foot putt on the last hole of regulation put him in the playoff, missed a two-foot putt on the third playoff hole, the par-5 18th.
The 30-year-old Zambri then tapped-in for the victory.
"I know things didn't work out the way Jay would have wanted, but he's a good player, and I know he'll come back strong," said Zambri, of Camarillo, Calif. "Jay, Joey (Snyder III) and myself each had our chances to win."
Zambri, Hunter and Snyder finished regulation at 17-under-par, forcing the playoff.
Zambri missed a seven-foot birdie putt on the last hole of regulation that would have won the tournament outright.
"I went to the first playoff hole in a bit of a sour mood after that," said Zambri, who earned $18,000 with the win. "I had to try to remind myself that I still had just as good a chance to win that playoff as Joey and Jay."
Snyder, of Scottsdale, Ariz., missed a five-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole, while Zambri and Hunter both birdied the 525-yard par-5.
Hilo's Kevin Hayashi, who finished the tournament at 10-under-par, led 11 Hawaii players, including Honolulu's Greg Meyer, who was a shot behind Hayashi, and Ivan Cunningham, also of Honolulu, who was 3-under par.
Pro Tour Hawaii's next event will be held at Big Island Country Club on Tuesday.
Hart wins first pro eventKahea Hart defeated Pancho Sullivan in an all-Hawaii final yesterday at the Sunset Beach Open in 6- to 8-foot waves.
It was the first win in a professional surfing event for Hart, who averaged 21 points for his top three waves in the final heat to beat the defending Rusty/XCEL Pro champion.
"I'm so stoked to win an event in Hawaii," said Hart, who pocketed $2,500.
Goldstein wins againTop seed Paul Goldstein defeated seventh seed Bob Bryan yesterday, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3, in the Hilton Waikoloa Village USTA Challenger on the Big Island.
Goldstein, last year's tournament singles champion, is 8-0 overall in the hard-court tournament. He will play Andy Roddick, of Boca Raton, Fla., in today's semifinal.
AYSO tourney here in 2002The AYSO National Games, an invitational event with mainland and international teams, will be held at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex, July 8-14, 2002.
This year's tournament is being played at West Point, N.Y., with 220 teams entered.
"I expect we will have more teams than that because of the interest in coming to Hawaii," said Max Sword, AYSO state director.
Hawaii won the bid over Salt Lake City and Kalamazoo, Mich.
Goo heads QB Club lineupHawaii women's basketball coach Vince Goo, acting UH baseball coach Carl Furutani, Leilehua boys' basketball coach Keith Spencer and Leilehua athletic director Richard Townsend will be the speakers at Monday's Quarterback Club meeting.
The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Pagoda Restaurant in Honolulu, and the program begins at noon. The general public is invited.