Hawaii Beat


POSTED: Thursday, July 23, 2009

Kim advances in Junior golf

Former Hilo resident Kimberly Kim advanced, but two other Hawaii golfers did not after yesterday's first round of match play at the U.S. Girls' Junior Amateur Championship at Bedminster, N.J.

Kim, now living in Arizona, defeated Kyle Roig of Florida 3 and 2 at the Trump National Golf Club's Old Course, a par-72, 6,203-yard layout. Kim took the lead for good with a birdie on the par-3 No. 4, extending her margin to as much as 5 up after she parred No. 9 and Roig bogeyed the par-4 hole.

Punahou's Alina Ching lost to Victoria Tanco of Argentina 7 and 6 while Baldwin's Cassy Isagawa was eliminated by Haley Andreas of California 2 up.

Kim moves on to this morning's second round against Kristen Park of California on the par-72, 6,289-yard New Course. The round of 16 follows this afternoon.


Ralbovsky named top golf instructor

Kevin Ralbovsky, director of the KMR School of Golf, has been named Hawaii's top golf instructor by Golf Digest magazine.

This is the second time Ralbovsky has been honored. He is also a two-time winner of the Aloha Section PGA teacher of the year.

Hawaii's other top-five instructors are: Jerry King Il and Ben Hongo, Kapalua Golf Academy; Eddie Lee, Wailea Golf Club; and Kevin Hayashi, Hilo Municipal.


Stanley shines in U.S. loss

Former Hawaii opposite Clay Stanley had 11 kills and the match's only ace but it was not enough as the U.S. fell to host Serbia 25-20, 25-23, 25-22 in last night's FIVB World League final round opener in Belgrade.


Wong has RBI in Team USA rout

Hawaii's Kolten Wong drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to left in the top of the seventh to help Team USA defeat the host Prince George Axemen 10-2 yesterday at the World Baseball Challenge in British Columbia.

Wong played second base yesterday for Team USA.


Record amount raised at auction

Sunday's auction of classic surf boards and memorabilia brought in more than $767,000 from 379 bidders from around the world at the Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Auction at Blaisdell Center.

The amount raised and the number of bidders set new records. The most expensive item was an 11-foot Bob Simmons foam sandwich board built around 1950 that sold for $40,000 to an Australian bidder.


Chance for UH fans to do TV

Hawaii football fans can audition for a TV commercial called “;I'm a Warrior”; Saturday at the Clarence T.C. Ching Field on the UH campus.

Auditions begin at 9 a.m. A number of the segments will be used in a commercial for UH football.