HSJGA receives First Tee exemption
The Hawaii State Junior Golf Association has received one of eight sponsor exemptions to the Wal-Mart First Tee Open, an official Champions Tour event, scheduled for Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Course.
In the event, one junior is paired with a Champions Tour player and two amateurs. The Golf Channel will televise the entire tournament.
One HSJGA member in good standing between the ages of 13 and 18 will qualify for the exemption based on the official HSJGA point list as of Aug. 5, using the 15-18 list for boys and the 13-18 list for girls.
Lino to play football at Saint Francis
Adam Lino, an offensive lineman from Kamehameha, has signed a national letter of intent to play football for the Saint Francis (Loretto, Pa.) Red Flash next fall.
He is one of 20 recruits in Coach Dave Opfar's 2007 class. Saint Francis was 3-8 last season, 2-5 in the Northeast Conference.
Lino received the Warriors Outstanding Tackle Award and was an honor roll student.
Murray, Wichmann finish ninth
Hawaii discuss thrower Novelle Murray and heptathlete Annett Wichmann finished ninth in their respective events at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif.
Wichmann, a junior from Jena, Germany, scored 5,649 points in the seven-discipline event, shattering her previous best by 92 points. The two-time defending Western Athletic Conference heptathlon champion began the day tied for ninth, fell to 15th after the long jump, then moved up to 10th in the javelin.
Defending champion Jacquelyn Johnson of Arizona State won her third title with a total of 5,984 points.
Murray, a senior from British Columbia, had an initial throw of 164 feet, 9 inches -- which placed her in ninth -- but she failed to better that mark on her next three attempts. California's Kelechi Anyanwu won with a throw of 188-11.
"They both finished in the top 10 which is a great achievement and says something about where our program is headed," Rainbow Wahine coach Carmyn James said.
99th Manoa Cup tees off Monday
One hundred golfers tee off in Monday's qualifying round at Oahu Country Club, vying for 63 spots in the 99th Manoa Cup, the state amateur match-play championship.
Defending champion Jonathan Ota, the automatic top seed, has a bye into Tuesday's first round. Play continues daily through Saturday's 36-hole final.
Last year, Ota defeated Gary Kong 2 and 1 in a match that paired the two oldest semifinalists in the event's history.
The combined age of the two was 97, Ota at 44 and Kong at 53.
Also entered are four-time champion Brandan Kop, two-time winner Travis Toyama and previous champs Kellen-Floyd Asao, Ryan Perez and Dick Sieradzki.