Hawaii Beat

Star-Bulletin Staff

Thursday, June 26, 2003

HSWGA match play continues today

Defending champion Bobbi Kokx advanced to this morning's semifinals, while top-seeded Marcie Rudich was upset in yesterday's quarterfinals of the Hawaii State Amateur Women's Match-Play Championship at Oahu Country Club.

Kokx was to meet Bev Kim, a three-time winner of this event (1971-72, 1996), in one semifinal. Yesterday, Kim eliminated Rudich 8 and 7, while Kokx defeated Ayaka Kaneko 7 and 6.

In the other bracket, No. 2 Mari Chun will face third-seeded Bobbie Arakawa today. Chun beat Mahina Ah Yuen 6 and 4, with Arakawa beating Mona Kim, 1-up.

The final is tomorrow at 7 a.m.

USGA Junior championship: At Poipu, Kauai, Travis Toyama of Honolulu and South Carolina's Skip Murphy finished 1-2 in Tuesday's U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier at the Poipu Bay Golf Club.

Toyama, who recently completed his junior year at University High, carded a 6-under 138. Murphy was two back at 140.

The two earned qualifying berths for the 56th USGA Junior Championship, July 21-26, at Chevy Chase, Md.

Bryan Bangerter of Kula (145), Cory French from Kalaheo (145), Kurt Nino of Honolulu (146) and Casey Kobashigawa from Waianae (146) are the four alternates.

Fund-raiser for UH-Hilo: The 23rd City Bank Helps Golf Tournament raised $13,350 for the University of Hawaii-Hilo athletic fund. The event was held June 18 at the Hilo Municipal Golf Course with 132 participants.

Trampoline exhibition at Aloha Gym

Fourteen Hawaii athletes will compete in a free trampoline exhibition Saturday at the Hawaii Academy's Aloha Gym as part of their preparation for the U.S. Junior Olympics in gymnastics.

The gym is located at 1315 Moonui Street. The exhibition, featuring regional team members Matt Moniz and Nani Vercruyssen, begins at 6 p.m.

The athletes will compete at the USA Gymnastics meet in Sacramento next month. For more information, call 537-5481.

Paddleboard race this weekend

Top local and international paddleboarders, including Australians Mick Dibetta, the race record-holder, and defending champion Jaimie Mitchell, headline Saturday's annual Cline Mann Ko'olaupoko Paddleboard Race.

The 17-mile event begins at 10 a.m. off Makai Pier, with the finish line off Outrigger Canoe Club. The top three men's and women's finishers earn a paid entry into the July 27 Quiksilver Edition Molokai to Oahu World Paddleboard Championship.

Divisions include individual and two-person relay, unlimited or stock 12-foot boards. Entrants are expected to represent Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa and the U.S. mainland.

For more information, call Outrigger Canoe Club at 923-1585.

Hennessey's race set for July 19: The inaugural Hennessey's International Paddleboard Championships, an eight-mile race from Turtle Bay to Waimea Bay, is scheduled for July 19.

The event is expected to attract an international field from Hawaii, Australia, Japan and the U.S. mainland. A total of $10,000 will be awarded to the top finishers in unlimited, stock and women's divisions.

The top finishers for Team Hawaii, Team California and Team Australia will also accumulate points for an overall Team World Champion.

The entry fee is $50 before July 17, $70 afterward and includes a post-race banquet. The race is open to men and women at least 18 years old; paddleboarders 17 and under can race with a signed parental form.

Check-in and registration starts at 8 a.m. at Turtle Bay. The race is limited to 250 participants. For more information, call Dolan Eversole at 282-2273.

See line scores and results in
the [Scoreboard] section.

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