Tuesday, September 17, 2002

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King up by 3 strokes in
Senior Men’s Invitational

Star-Bulletin staff

John King managed to shoot a 72 in the wind and rain to take the first-round lead in the Oahu Country Club Senior Men's Invitational yesterday.

King has a three-shot cushion going into the second day, as Mervin Matsumoto shot a 38 over the last nine holes to take second place. He was tied with King at 37 at the turn.

Kim Von Trempsky had the lead with a 35, but was stuck with a 43 on the back nine.

Hawaii basketball coach Vince Goo and Paul Johnstone are tied for third at 76 while three-time champion George Yamamoto shot an 81 and is nine shots back.

Ron Coker and Willard Peahi shot 78s to share the lead in the Super Senior Flight. Art Fujita and Wendell Kop are tied for third at 81.

Today's final round begins at 7 a.m. but the leaders tee off at 8:52 a.m.

Woods back in Skins Game: At Indio, Calif., Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Mark O'Meara and Fred Couples will compete in the 20th annual Skins Game, which will return to its original format after experimenting last year.

Defending champion Greg Norman won't be able to participate in the event because of a prior commitment.

Sheehan still the captain: At Edina, Minn., Patty Sheehan will keep her job as captain of the U.S. Solheim Cup team in 2003.

Sheehan, who leads the 2002 team into play against Europe beginning Friday, was named captain by a five-member selection committee formed by the LPGA Board of Directors.

Wahine start in last: At Corvallis, Ore., the Hawaii women's golf team is in last place after the first day of its season opener, eight strokes behind Eastern Washington.

Rene Krause led the way for the Wahine, shooting a 150 over two rounds to tie for 20th individually.

Tara Chappell was Hawaii's only other golfer in the top 50, shooting a 155 to tie for 44th.

California leads the tournament by two strokes over UCLA, and Nicole Keller of Idaho is in line for medalist honors with a 141.

Aoki vs. Levi at Turtle Bay: Senior PGA Tour Pros Isao Aoki and Wayne Levi will be a part of the Turtle Bay Championship on the Palmer Course of Turtle Bay Resort Sept. 30.

Both golfers have won the Hawaiian Open, with Levi winning the 1982 event and Aoki taking it away from him in 1983.

They will be among a field fighting for the $225,000 first prize.

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