Wilson, McLachlin finish round
Local PGA Tour golfers Parker McLachlin and Dean Wilson were among those who got into the clubhouse before dark during yesterday's first round of the Canadian Open that was delayed several times by inclement weather, including lightning.
McLachlin opened with a 2-under 69 and is tied for 25th, trailing leaders Eric Axley, Mike Weir and Anthony Kim by four shots. The Punahou School graduate carded four birdies and back-to-back bogeys early on the back nine to give himself a chance to make the cut today.
Wilson will have a bigger challenge. He had a double bogey and bogey on two of his first three holes en route to a 1-over 72. He is tied for 92nd and will have to wait a while before teeing it up today. The first round has to be completed, then Wilson goes off late in the afternoon in the second round, making it difficult for him to get done today.
Moanalua High's Tadd Fujikawa opened with a 73 yesterday at the Nagashima Shigeo Sega Sammy Cup on the Japan Golf Tour and needed a good round today to make the cut.
Grice-Mullins signs with Bears
Former University of Hawaii wide receiver Ryan Grice-Mullins signed a free-agent contract yesterday with the Chicago Bears, joining college teammate Leonard Peters on the NFL team's roster.
The speedy slotback for the Warriors originally signed with the Houston Texans in April, but a nagging injury kept him from getting a real shot at making the club. Grice-Mullins finished second on the team in receptions last year with 106 for 1,372 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Stanley helps US win in volleyball
Former Hawaii volleyball player Clay Stanley put down a team-high 19 kills to help the U.S. Men's National Team hold off Poland 25-18, 23-25, 27-25, 18-25, 16-14 in the FIVB World League final round yesterday in Rio de Janeiro.
Stanley added a block and an ace for the U.S., which held off one match point in picking up the victory. Poland led 14-13 only to have a kill by Stanley tie it, jump-starting a 3-0 run that won it for the Americans.
Stanley had eight kills Wednesday when the U.S. was upset by Serbia 25-23, 25-19, 25-17.