Kono ousted in Public Links semi
Jennifer Song ousted Stephanie Kono of Hawaii yesterday from the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship with a 2-up victory in a semifinal at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wis.
It was Kono's 13th USGA championship event and fifth try at the Publinx crown previously worn by Hawaii players Lori Castillo (1979 and 1980) and Michelle Wie (2003).
The semifinal is the closest she's gotten at the Publinx, after making it to the quarters last year.
"I'll give it another try next year," said Kono, a recent Punahou graduate who is headed to UCLA in the fall.
Song meets 2006 winner Tiffany Joh in today's 36-hole final.
Correia grabs Gatorade track award
Pac-Five and Maryknoll hurdler Javen Correia was named the Gatorade Hawaii Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year yesterday.
The award distinguishes Correia as Hawaii's best high school boys track and field athlete.
The senior swept the hurdles events at the Island Movers/Hawaii High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships last month, leading the Spartans to a seventh-place finish overall as a team.
The Maryknoll School male athlete of the year, Correia won the 110-meter hurdles race with a time of 14.60 seconds and captured the 300-meter hurdles event in 39.49 seconds. He will be attending Colorado in the fall.
Afoa considering Saint Louis job
It's not official yet, but there is certainly every possibility in the world that Ulima Afoa will become the new athletic director at Saint Louis.
Afoa, 49, confirmed last night that he has been offered the job by the school. Saint Louis has been in a search for an AD since Todd Los Banos stepped down this spring.
By Monday, Afoa will have a decision for the Crusaders. Until then, he declined comment.
Afoa is an alum of Saint Louis and is currently the associate athletic director at Kamehameha-Hawaii under Bob Wagner. As an associate AD, Afoa watched over fundraisers and tracked academics.
Texeira is Carolina League All-Star
Kanekoa Texeira, a Kamehameha graduate born on Maui, is going to Myrtle Beach, S.C., as part of the Carolina League All-Star team. Texeira will be spending the All-Star break on different sands when the Carolina and California Leagues square off at BB&T Coastal Field this Tuesday.
Texeira took the place of former UH pitcher Steven Wright, who was selected to the team but was promoted to Double-A Akron.
Texeira, who was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 22nd round of the 2006 draft, was the anchor of the Winston-Salem bullpen in the first half of the season, going 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA and 12 saves in 23 relief appearances.
PGA Junior Series makes Hawaii debut
The Callaway Golf PGA Junior Series will be played in Hawaii for the first time tomorrow at Kahili Golf Course on Maui, featuring some of the best young local talent ages 13 to 18.
Robert Greenleaf, Alex Chu, Alika Bell, and Bou-An Fujieki - all Manoa Cup participants this week - highlight the boys side, while 2008 HHSAA girls champion Kristina Merkle will also participate. The series event ends on Tuesday.