Tsukada eases past Kim
to meet Kokx in final
And then there were two.
Kathy Tsukada and Bobbie Kokx survived a grueling week of golf to advance to today's final round of the Hawaii State Women's Golf Association Match Play event at the Oahu Country Club.
Tsukada defeated three-time champion and top seed Bev Kim on the 19th hole. It was a big victory for Tsukada, who only began playing tournament golf last year. She will face second seed Kokx, who knocked off Kauai's Rachel Kyono 1-up.
Kyono just finished her first season at Pepperdine after winning the state prep title on Maui last year and gave Kokx all she could handle during the 18-hole match play event.
Kokx coached at the University of Hawaii from 1995-97 and will face Tsukada today beginning at 7 a.m.
Local soccer team into Region IV semisThe Honolulu Bulls 86 Red girls team advanced to the semifinal round in the Under 16 Division of the U.S. Youth Snickers Region IV Soccer Tournament yesterday in Salt Lake City.
Getting goals by Allison Tsuchida, Lisa Lerud and Ashley Collins, the Bulls defeated Utah's Lightning Soccer Club 3-1. The Bulls play Arizona's Golden Eagles today.
The Bulls U18 girls team will try to advance today in a penalty kick shootout against Coeur d' Alene Sting (Idaho).
The Bulls were leading 2-1 in overtime when the referee mistakenly allowed an Idaho goal on an indirect free kick in the final minute of play. The ball must touch another player other than the kicker on an indirect before crossing the goal line to count as a score.
The referee allowed the match to restart before her assistants could inform her of the mistake. She then disallowed the goal, but soccer rules do not allow the score to be changed once a match has restarted.
Hawaii's other eight teams in the quarterfinals lost. Complete results in Scoreboard.
Tigers sign Johnson to minor-league dealMark Johnson expects to be in action soon after agreeing to a minor-league contract with the Detroit Tigers.
Idle since May 3 when he was released by the Milwaukee Brewers from Indianapolis in the Triple A International League, the former Hawaii Rainbow right-hander returns to the IL next week when he joins the Toledo Mud Hens.
"I don't know if they want me as a reliever or a starter, but I'm sure they will have me throw a couple of bullpens before they activate me," said Johnson.