Will Wie Or Won't Wie?
Punahou's Michelle Wie took the first step by winning a local qualifier last week and she plays in a sectional qualifier in New Jersey early next month.
What are the odds of Wie getting into the second men's major of the year at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, N.Y., June 15-18?
According to BetCRIS Sportsbook, she's 9-1 to make it. The odds for bets against Wie qualifying are 1-14.
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Jeaneen Heldt made a dash for the finish during the Kailua Popoia Swim at Kailua Beach Park on Sunday. Wendy Simmons and Susan Furmanski gave chase.
Chun tops U.S. Open local qualifier
Honolulu's Philip Chun shot a 3-under 67 yesterday at the Waikoloa Beach Course to win medalist honors in the USGA's local qualifier for next month's U.S. Open Championship at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Alex Ching, a 16-year Punahou School student, finished second at 2-under 68.
Both players advance to sectional qualifying June 5 at Poipu Bay.
» Paul Parke and Denis Fallas shot a 3-under 69 yesterday to win the ESPN National Golf Challenge/Territorial Savings Bank local qualifier at Coral Creek Golf Course.
Parke and Fallas beat Keith Koverman and Greg Cantrell by one stroke. The winners will play in the Hawaii regional final at Turtle Bay, Aug. 27.
The regional winners earn a trip to Las Vegas for the national final, Nov. 13-14, which will be televised on ESPN2.
The event is an amateur, two-person, best-ball format with gross and net divisions.
Kevin Goto and Leighton Uyeda won the net division and also advanced to the regional final.
Andy Irons surfs into third round
Three-time world champ Andy Irons of Kauai won his second-round heat today in the Globe WCT Fiji surf contest.
Irons advanced to the third round in 6-10 foot waves at Cloudbreak. He joins brother Bruce Irons and Fred Patacchia Jr., who won their first-round heats yesterday, in the third round.
Three Hawaii surfers lost in the second round yesterday -- Ian Walsh, Pancho Sullivan and Roy Powers.
Hawaii's Costi is WAC pitcher of week
Hawaii pitcher Justin Costi was named as the Western Athletic Conference's pitcher of the week yesterday.
Costi pitched a complete game in UH's 6-0 win over San Jose State on Saturday. He allowed six hits and one walk, and he struck out four.
Jaguars get Hunter off waivers
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. » The Jacksonville Jaguars claimed former University of Hawaii offensive tackle Wayne Hunter off waivers on Friday, according to the Jaguars' Web site.
Hunter was cut by the Seahawks after a violent incident in a bar near Seattle.
"I think he's very grateful to have this chance," Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio said on the Web site.
Hunter joins three other players with Hawaii ties on the Jaguars -- offensive linemen Chris Naeole (Kahuku) and Vince Manuwai (Farrington, UH) and wide receiver Chad Owens (Roosevelt, UH).