Star-Bulletin Sports


Sunday, April 22, 2001


[HAWAII GOLF]



Stubblefield
takes lead at
Mid-Pac

Kollmeyer, Nishimoto and
Nakama round out the
final foursome


By Paul Arnett
Star-Bulletin

Larry Stubblefield and Keith Kollmeyer were in the same foursome, rode in the same golf cart and almost shot the same score yesterday to emerge as the top two professionals entering today's final round of the 38th annual Mid-Pacific Open.

Stubblefield's 68 and Kollmeyer's 69 dropped them to 5-under and 3-under in a tournament each of them has won before. Joining them in the final foursome are Dan Nishimoto and Casey Nakama.

Nishimoto is 2-under for the tourney after shooting an unhealthy 75 during yesterday's third round. Nakama is another shot back at 215 after he carded a 73. It's likely one of these golfers will walk off the course this afternoon as Mid-Pac champion.

"Keith and I had a lot of fun out there today," Stubblefield said. "I've putted the ball well the last couple of days and I was really pleased with my iron play. I'm just a once-a-week golfer these days, so I'm a little surprised at how well I'm playing."

Stubblefield won this event in 1972, before embarking on a three-year journey on the PGA Tour. These days, he has his own insurance company and is raising young kids, which doesn't leave much time for golf.

"It kind of showed on Thursday when I opened with a 74," said Stubblefield, who is 7-under since.

Kollmeyer made the turn at even-par, but was 3-under on his back nine.

The 1998 Mid-Pac champion shot a 73 the first 18 holes, but finished 4-under the next two days. He said he had no indication coming into the tourney that he would play this well.

"I was playing pretty average golf," Kollmeyer said. "I don't play golf that much anymore. It feels great to be near the top. Hopefully, I can come out tomorrow and shoot well. It was a lot of fun playing with Larry."

Fun was not had by all in today's final foursome, which will include Nishimoto and Nakama. Nakama, who finished second last year, had another so-so round but remains in contention. Nishimoto led the first two rounds but found that lead slipping away yesterday. Had he shot even-par the Kauai resident would be tied with Stubblefield for the lead.

"Our group kind of struggled," said Nakama. The other two were Keith Hayashi (77) and eight-time Mid-Pac champ Lance Suzuki (76). "We knew Larry was shooting well in front of us. Conditions were good. I'm just not scoring right now."'

The final two groups will tee it up around 9 a.m. today. Winners will be crowned in the championship, A and B flights as well.



Mid-Pacific Open

At Mid-Pacific Country Club
Third round, par-72

Pro Flight

Larry Stubblefield -- 74-69-68--211
Keith Kollmeyer -- 73-71-69--213
Dan Nishimoto -- 68-71-75--214
Casey Nakama -- 69-73-73--215
Kevin Hayashi -- 73-67-77--217
Louie Lee -- 72-72-73--217
Andrew Feldman -- 72-73-72--217
Brian Sasada -- 74-71-72--217
Lance Susuki -- 70-72-76--218
Ed Tischler -- 73-73-73--219
Ron Castillo Jr. -- 72-75-72--219
Phil Chun -- 73-75-72--220
Ivan Cunningham -- 71-75-75--221
David Foster -- 69-76-77--222
Regan Lee -- 73-75-74--222
Craig Sasada -- 70-78-74--222
Jay Shannon -- 76-72-74--222
Stan Souza -- 76-72-74--222
Brad Buck -- 72-77-73--222
Alan Creighton -- 78-71-73--222
Jerry Mullen -- 73-78-71--222
Wally Iwasaki -- 75-72-76--223
Mark Takahama -- 72-75-76--223
Tommy Ukauka -- 74-73-76--223
Jeff Ferry -- 76-72-75--223
Brad Bowen -- 76-74-74--224
Branden Aoki -- 76-73-76--225
Matt Hall -- 73-76-76--225
Kevin Ralbovsky -- 68-82-75--225
Satoru Tobita -- 76-75-76--227
Kim Perry -- 75-74-79--228
Steve Hookano -- 80-71-77--228
Beau Yokooji -- 78-73-78--229
Juan Rodriquez -- 77-73-82--232
Dennis Kawachi -- 73-78-81--232

Championship Flight

Mike Ukauka -- 73-70-75--218
Shannon Sibayan -- 71-71-78--220
Paul Kimura -- 74-76-71--221
Del-Marc Fujita -- 76-75-71--222
Mike Kawate -- 73-75-77--225
Steve Yogi -- 77-72-76--225
Blaine Kimura -- 76-73-77--226
Brandon Kop -- 78-75-73--226
Wendell Kop -- 76-78-73--227
Eric Yu -- 75-76-77--228
Jim Pliska -- 75-77-76--228
Randy Shibuya -- 79-73-76--228
Doug Banks -- 74-82-72--228
Nick Mason -- 71-78-81--230
Nathaniel Powell -- 74-79-77--230
Joe Phengsavath -- 75-78-78--231
Edwin Yokama -- 78-76-77--231
Franklin Marcus -- 81-74-77--232
Daryl Wilkins -- 76-80-77--233
John Bascuk -- 76-81-76--233
Young Lee -- 77-80-76--233
Mike Aoki -- 78-73-83--234
Ryan Nakata -- 78-77-79--234
Neal Takara -- 78-79-81--234
Bronson Kalilikane -- 79-78-82--239

A Flight

Maurice Nitta -- 75-78-76--229
David Hamada -- 78-78-81--237
Clayton Nishimoto -- 79-77-81--237
Larry Byrne -- 79-78-80--237
Eiichi Matsumoto -- 78-80-79--237
Norman Inouye -- 79-81-77--237
Darrell Yamagata -- 78-81-79--238
Clifford Nishikawa -- 83-80-75--238
Ronald Ching -- 78-81-80--239
Carl Koch -- 82-79-78--239
Gary Haynie -- 78-81-81--240
James Nam -- 78-81-81--240
Larry Creighton -- 80-81-79--240
David Long -- 76-81-84--241
Hideo Noguchi -- 81-81-79--241
Steve Butula -- 79-80-83--242
Francis O'Lena Jr. -- 80-81-82--243
Arnie Baptiste -- 81-81-81--243
Yuzo Hikita -- 85-79-79--243
Duane Pacheco -- 82-82-82--246
Jim Swoish -- 81-83-82--246
Tomi Yamada -- 79-80-89--248
Ryan Crivello -- 85-77-90--252

B Flight

Michael Nakata -- 81-78-81--240
Ed Jones -- 84-76-81--241
Ron Kimura -- 83-79-80--242
Arnold Silva -- 82-83-80--245
Kenneth AhChoy -- 81-83-82--246
J.A. Chavez -- 82-84-80--246
Rodney Kawamoto -- 82-81-84--247
Dan Murashige -- 83-80-85--248
Robert Healy -- 83-85-80--248
Richard Hue -- 81-83-86--250
John Manumaleuna -- 80-81-90--251
Leighton Uyeda -- 83-83-85--251
William Kronenberg -- 82-85-84--251
Payne Onishi -- 89-84-78--251
Shakil Ahmed -- 86-81-85--252
Mario Endo -- 84-86-82--252
Donald Kitaoka -- 88-84-80--252
Rick Sauer -- 79-86-89--254
Ray Schab -- 83-83-88--254
Bill McRoberts -- 87-81-86--254
Gary Schnacke -- 92-81-82--255
Robert Luat -- 85-84-87--256
Alvin Shishido -- 81-89-88--258
Garry Kemp -- 85-87-86--258
Toshio Kanehara -- 87-86-85--258
Lowell Greer -- 84-88-88--260
Glen Ikei -- 87-86-87--260
Morris Miyasato -- 84-85-92--261
Dan Ikei -- 91-82-89--262
Jasen Takei -- 85-88-91--264
Larry D'Alessio -- 86-87-94--267



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