Auf wiedersehen, Sensley
Armed with his German passport but not much knowledge of the language, former Hawaii basketball standout Julian Sensley left today to join the German National Team. "I'm looking forward to playing in the World Championship," he said yesterday. "This will be a summer thing for me. The ultimate goal is still the NBA. But it would be cool to play in the 2008 Olympics if Germany qualifies." Sensley's mother, Susanne Karsten, is a German national, making him eligible to play.
Moynahan wins Aloha Section pro title
Brendan Moynahan, the head pro at Hualalai Golf Course on the Big Island, won yesterday's Aloha Section PGA Professional Championship at the Makena Resort's South Course.
Moynahan carded a two-day 143 to earn the title, $2,500 and berth into next June's 40th PGA Professional National Championship.
Also qualifying for next year's tournament are runner-up Eliot Gouveia of Wailea Golf Club, who shot a 146, and Mauna Kea's Kevin Hayashi, who had a 148.
This is the fourth straight year Hayashi has earned a qualifying spot. Moynahan has qualified eight of the last nine years.
The field was comprised of 35 local professionals vying for $12,000.
» Mari Chun advanced to the final for the third time in fours after winning twice yesterday at the Hawaii State Women's Amateur Match-Play Championsip at Oahu Country Club.
Chun, who won this event in 2004, defeated Desiree Ting 2 and 1 and Jaclyn Hilea 3 and 2 to advance. Chun will face Lesly Ann Komoda, who eliminated defending champion Cyd Okino 4 and 3 in the morning quarterfinal and Kira-Ann Murashige 1-up in the afternoon semifinal.
The 18-hole final was set for 8 a.m. today.
» Three of Hawaii's six entrants in the 81st U.S. Amatuer Public Links Championship advanced to today's first round of match play in Bremerton, Wash.
Sean Maekawa of Paauilo, Casey Watabu of Kapaa and Moanalua's Tadd Fujikawa all made the cut yesterday after the final round of qualifying. Fujikawa (146) was in a tie for 27th while Maekawa (148) and Watabu (148) shared 43rd.
Not making the cut at 150 were: Honolulu's Chan Kim (159); Wailuku's Lee Sakugawa (163) and Kevin Shimomura (163) of Lahaina.
Medalist honors were shared by Mitch Cohlmia of Oklahoma and Tennessee's Justin Metzger. Both shot 7-under-par 137s at the 7,061-yard Gold Mountain Golf Club.
Hawaii teams go for the gold at JO volleyball
Four Hawaii teams were in contention for the gold medal heading into today's final day of the USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Boys Championships in Minneapolis.
Both Ku'ikahi 15s and Onipa'a 14s were unbeaten in their respective club divisions. Ku'ikahi (8-0) faced Vaqueros of Puerto Rico in today's semifinal while Onipa'a (10-) takes on Puerto Rico's Piterres in a semifinal.
Outrigger Canoe Club 17s (7-1) advanced to a gold-medal bracket semifinal against Canada's Bison Gold in the open division.
OCC's 15s open team went 2-1 yesterday to also advance to the gold-medal bracket in the 15-under open. OCC will face top-seeded and unbeaten Pali Blue of California in the semifinal.
In non-medal play, Ku'ikahi 14s (8-2) and Asics Rainbows 14s (8-3) are in opposite brackets of the silver division (5th-8th place). If both win their respective semifinal matches against California teams, they would meet for the championship.
Also in 15s open, Onipa'a fell into flight 1 (13th-16th place) and faces Ultimate Gold of Illinois in the semifinal.
In the 17s club, Asics Rainbows (5-3) had a bye into the silver bracket (9th-18th place). Ku'ikahi (4-3) and Pilipa'a each had another round to play to determine their seeding; Onipa'a (6-6) dropped into Flight 1 (23rd-28th) and Quicksets (1-8) was in Flight 3 (39th-42nd).
Lightning strikes West Marine Pacific Cup
The Lightning held the lead in Division E of the 14th Biennial West Marine Pacific Cup, which reached the halfway point between San Francisco and Kaneohe yesterday.
The Santa Cruz 52 covered 225 miles to keep the lead in both fleet and division. Elyxer and Kyrnos are in second and third place, respectively.
The Contessa has moved into the lead in the double-handed division. California Girl paces the Division A race. Despite a broken boom and ripped spinnaker, Cirrus of the Kaneohe Yacht Club is in fourth place.
Tutto Bene leads Division B while ET is leading Division C. Sapphire leads Division D.
ET, Lightning, Basic Instinct, Orizaba, Sapphire, Synge and The Contessa are all in contention for the Million Mile Trophy, celebrating the Cup's million miles of sailing. It will be decided sometime today.
Pac-Five hosts football alumni fundraiser set
Pac-Five football will host a alumni fundraiser banquet on Friday, July 21, 6 p.m. at Sam Snead's Restaurant.
The restaurant is at the Navy-Marine Golf Course. Call coach Kip Botelho at 223-7101 for more information.