Kono earns women's publinx berth
Punahou's Stephanie Kono shot an even-par 70 yesterday at Ala Wai Golf Course to win the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Hawaii Sectional Qualifier by three strokes.
Kono, who won the state high school girls individual championship last month as a sophomore, advances to the national tournament, which will be played at Walking Stick Golf Course in Pueblo, Colo., June 20-25. Jaclyn Hilea, whose Moanalua team won the state team title last month, shot a 73 to become the first alternate.
The course played to over 6,200 yards, about 700 yards longer than from regular ladies' tees.
Tatsuno, Ishii at Quarterback Club meeting
University of Hawaii Circle of Honor pitcher Derek Tatsuno and Hawaii Golf Hall of Famer David Ishii are scheduled to speak tomorrow at the weekly meeting of the Honolulu Quarterback Club.
UH's Annett Wichmann, the 2006 WAC heptathlon champion who is headed for the NCAA track and field outdoor championships, also will be appearing.
Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Pagoda Hotel ballroom, with the program to follow at noon. The event is open to the public.
Yavapai runner-up in JUCO World Series
Mid-Pacific graduate Troy Hanzawa had an RBI triple in the eighth inning but it wasn't enough as Yavapai (Ariz.) College fell to Walters (Tenn.) State 7-6 yesterday in the championship game of the Junior College World Series.
The contest was watched by over 10,000 at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colo.
Sophomore third baseman Milton Loo, a Molokai High graduate, went 0-for-4 yesterday as the Roughriders finished 55-11. Loo hit a grand slam in Yavapai's 9-0 win over Walters State Friday, forcing yesterday's winner-take-all final.
In yesterday's game, sophomore catcher Aaron Asher, who graduated from Aiea, scored in the sixth inning and drove in a run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly to center.
Last month, Hanzawa, a sophomore shortstop, was named a first-team JUCO All-American.
McCormack, Jones first in Honu triathlon
Australia's Chris McCormack bested over 850 other athletes to win the Ford Ironman 70.3 Honu triathlon yesterday on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island.
The seven-time Ironman champion finished in 4 hours, 3 minutes and 18 seconds. Defending champ Chris Hauth (4:09:35) finished second, with James Cotter third (4:11:16).
Olympian Michellie Jones, also of Australia, led the women's field from the start, finishing in 4:29:06. Honolulu's Rachel Ross was second (4:50:07), with Jennifer Johnson third (4:54:21).
The course was comprised of a 1.2-mile swim off Hapuna Beach State Park, a 56-mile bike ride from Hapuna to Hawi and return, and a 13.1-mile run within the Mauna Lani Resort. The finish line was the second hole of the Francis I'i Brown Golf Course.
The event was a qualifier for both the Oct. 21 Ironman World Championship in Kona and the inaugural Ford Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Clearwater, Fla., on Nov. 11.
Complete results can be found at www.ironman.com