Kim, Kaneko and Chun qualify
CARMEL, Ind. » Defending champion Kimberly Kim came on strong over the final nine holes of stroke place to advance to today's first round of match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at the Crooked Stick Golf Club.
The 15-year-old Kim, a former Big Island resident now living in Arizona, finished with a two-round total of 2-over 146 to tie for 22nd. She was at 5 over after 27 holes but went 3 under on the back nine to make the cut.
Kim, the event's youngest champion at 14 last year, faces Sacred Hearts senior Ayaka Kaneko today. Also among the 64 golfers to advance is Stanford's Mari Chun, a Kamehameha graduate.
Kaneko, finishing her weather-delayed first round yesterday morning at 71, came back with a 5-over 77 in the afternoon to finish at 148, tied for 37th. Chun shared 30th place after a 76--147 finish.
Not making the cut from Hawaii were Punahou junior Anna Jang, the reigning state prep golf champion (162) and Hawaii Prep senior Tamara Surtees (169).
Maui Invitational brackets set
Host Chaminade goes up against Marquette and Duke -- unbeaten in three tournament appearances -- takes on Princeton in two of the opening-day games at the 24th EA Sports Maui Invitational.
Other first-round matchups at the Lahaina Civic Center have LSU against Oklahoma State and Arizona State taking on Illinois.
The tournament runs Nov. 19-21 with all 12 games televised on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.
Single-game and leftover booster allotment tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. Aug. 22 via the tournament Web site at www.MauiInvitational.com.
Murphy's Warrior Pigout set
The 12th Murphy's Warrior Football Pigout, a fundraiser for the Hawaii football team, is scheduled for Aug. 23 on Merchant Street fronting Murphy's Bar & Grill.
The cost is $100. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and includes food and a silent auction.
For reservations and information, call 531-0422.
Junior team advances in regional
Sumi Pruett drove in three runs, including two with a double in the fourth, to lead Pearl City over Washington 7-4 in the Junior Little League (13-14) Regional at Beaverton, Ore.
Pearl City (5-0), the only undefeated team in the tournament, advances to today's semifinal with Arizona. The tourney champion goes on to the World Series in Taylor, Mich.
Pearl City out hit Washington 14-7. Kahana Neal and Chevas Numata also drove in runs for the Hawaii team.
Punahou advances to World Series
HANFORD, Calif. » Punahou defeated South Reno yesterday 11-9 to win the Babe Ruth 13-15 Pacific Southwest Regional and earn a spot in the World Series later this month.
Pitcher Jeremy Fujimoto picked up the win in relief for Punahou. The team, coached by Eric Kadooka, travels to Andulusa, Ala., for competition Aug. 17-24.
Chinese league to hold draft here
The Chinese Basketball Association will hold its 2007 draft of foreign players next week at the Hawaii Convention Center, according to Theodor E. Liu, director of Hawaii's Business, Economic Development and Tourism.
The draft, scheduled for Aug. 15-17, was held last year in Eugene, Ore., home to the U.S. Basketball Academy. The president of USBA is Bruce O'Neil, the former University of Hawaii coach.
The CBA, which began in 1995, has 15 teams. Each team is allowed to draft two foreign players.
Cherney wins senior golf qualifier
Ron Cherney of Encino, Calif., shot a 77 to win Monday's USGA Senior Amateur Sectional Qualifier by a stroke at the Makalei Country Club in Kailua-Kona.
Cherney qualifies for next month's national tournament in Andover, Kan. Frank Manuma of Honolulu, carding a 78, is the first alternate with Honolulu's Wendell Kop, who also shot 78, the second alternate.
Flanagan, Sakamoto qualify for trials
Punahou products John Flanagan and Noa Sakamoto qualified for the World Championship Trials with their efforts Sunday at the 10K Open Water Grand Prix in Indianapolis.
Flanagan, representing Kamehameha Swim Club, earned the bronze medal with a time of 2 hours and 58.4 seconds. He was just 10.1 seconds behind winner Mark Warkentin (2:00.48.3) with second going to Pan American champion Fran Crippen (2:00.48.6).
Sakamoto was fourth in the 6.2-mile event at Eagle Creek Park. His time was unavailable.
The World Trials are scheduled for Fort Myers, Fla., Oct. 21 and 22. The top finishers qualify for the 10K World Championships next year in Seville, Spain.