Local golfers advance at junior championships
Arnond Vongvanij, who was born in Hawaii and now lives in Bradenton, Fla., took medalist honors at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., shooting a 5-under 67 for a one-stroke victory. The 17-year-old finished with an 8-under 136 total.
Sean Maekawa of Paauilo, Tadd Fujikawa of Honolulu, and TJ Kua of Lihue also qualified for the match-play portion of the event which begins today.
Maekawa shot 1-over 73 yesterday and tied for 11th place at 143. Fujikawa finished at even par to tie for 16th. Kua also shot 1 under and tied for 27th at 146.
» Four of the six Hawaii golfers entered in the U.S. Girls Junior Championship survived two qualifying rounds to advance to the match-play at Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, NC.
Ayaka Kaneko of Honolulu was the top local qualifier, finishing at 3-over 146, good for a tie for 12th place. Stephanie Kono of Honolulu shot 2-under 70 yesterday to jump from 75th place to a tie for 23rd at 148. Kimberly Kim of Hilo was 1 under yesterday and matched Kono at 148. Britney Choy of Wahiawa finished another stroke back to tie for 29th.
Wailuku's Kyung Kim (154) and Lihue's Miki Ueoka (161) missed the cut.
» Reyn Tanaka of Kailua won Sunday's Olomana Shootout by two strokes at the Olomana Golf Links.
Tanaka, an incoming junior at Gonzaga, carded a final round 73 for a 36-hole total of 1-over-141 and his first "non-junior" amateur victory. Defending Manoa Cup champion Travis Toyama finished at 70--143 with Shannon Tanoue at 74--144.
Hawaii gymnasts claim national titles
Five gymnasts from Hawaii earned national titles in eight trampoline and tumbling events at the recently completed U.S. Championships and USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics National Championships.
Nani Vercruyssen, a previous national and world champion, won gold in the trampoline, double-mini trampoline and symchronized trampoline in the junior elite division at the U.S. Championships in Schaumberg, Ill. Winning their divisions at the JO National Championships were: Dorothy Sanidad (Level 6, 6-and-under, trampoline, double-mini), Spencer Madanay (Level 10, boys 13-14, trampoline), Kelsen Onigama (Level 10, boys 11-12, double-mini) and Annika Northrop (Level 6, girls 9-10, power tumbling).
Hawaii team wins Bobby Sox softball title
Waipio-Mililani went undefeated in four games to win the Bobby Sox Softball National Tournament of Championship 8-under title in Suisun City, Calif.
Waipio-Mililani edged Madera (Calif.) 7-6 in Monday's title game at the Lambrecht Sports Complex.
Castle hosts football clinic
A free Junior Player Developmental Clinic will be held at Castle High School starting Monday. The five-day camp sponsored by the NFL is open to players ages 12-14.
Players will hve full gear with limited contact. A physical exam, parental permission form and a copy of hte player's birth certificate are required prior to participating in the camp.
For more information, call Nelson Maeda at 292-4964.
Hoops camp coming up
Former Hawaii basketball player Phil Handy will host the 94 Feet of Game camp at Manoa Valley Recreation Center this summer.
A skills clinic will be held July 31 and the camp is scheduled for Aug. 1-4. The sessions are designed for boys and girls in grades 7-12. The fee for the one-day clinic is $65. The camp costs $150.