Nevada's Watabu tied for 15th in NCAA golf
Kauai High graduate Casey Watabu shot a 2-under-par 70 yesterday and is tied with 12 other golfers for 15th place after the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore.
The Nevada senior, who tied for medalist honors at the West Regional on May 21, is five strokes behind first-round leader Kyle Reifers of Wake Forest. Watabu carded seven birdies and was 4 under after 14 holes before dropping back with a double bogey on the par-4 15th.
Loyola Marymount senior Chaz Inouye (St. Anthony '02) finished at 1-over 73 and is tied for 68th. He had three birdies on his front nine.
The tournament runs through Saturday with the top 15 teams and top six individuals not on an advancing team making the cut for the final round.
China's Wahine Surf Classic this weekend
China Uemura's 10th Wahine Surfing Classic, an all-female contest, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Kuhio Beach.
The 16 divisions include competition in shortboards, longboards and bodyboards for ages 10 and under through 50 and older. Among the special events is a longboard pro-am.
The meet begins at 7 a.m. both days. Proceeds benefit Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children's Sex Abuse Treatment Center.
All-girls rodeo entry forms, tickets available
Entry forms and tickets are available for the 14th annual Teixeira Performance Horses All-Girls Rodeo set for Sept. 23 at the New Town & Country Stables in Waimanalo.
Events include barrel racing, pole bending, steer undecorating, team roping, breakaway roping, calf mugging, goat tying and an exhibition of "mixed" coed barrel racing. As many as 100 contestants from around the state are expected.
Call 224-9875 or go to www.rodeooahu.com for information.
Hawaii-Hilo announces baseball recruiting class
Hawaii-Hilo yesterday announced the signing of four student-athletes to join its baseball program for next season. Coach Joey Estrella adds three true freshmen and a junior-college transfer.
Outfielder Ronel Trias of University High, first-team all-league infielder Shane Kessell of North Thurston (Wash.) High and 6-foot-5 pitcher Karl Maas of Merrill F. West (Calif.) will be true freshmen next season. Pitcher Jeffrey Germain comes to the Vulcans after two years at Scottsdale Community College.
Makena's Nelson wins in playoff at Kahili
Makena PGA pro Kirk Nelson won in the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat Kihei's Oliver Saquet yesterday in a Maui Tour event at Kahili Golf Course.
Both shot 1-over 73. Darren Jones was third with a 74.