Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, November 1, 1999

By Pierre Tostee, special to the Star-Bulletin
Hawaii's Bruce Irons cuts across a wave at the Billabong
World Junior Championships at Ho'okipa on Maui.

Favorites survive

The favorites for the Billabong World Junior Championship of Surfing at Ho'okipa, Maui, survived Saturday, but there were plenty of upsets to report.

While favorites Damien Hobgood (U.S.), Bruce Irons (Hawaii) and Joel Parkinson (Australia) advanced as expected, others, like Mick Fanning (Australia), Bron Heussenstamm (U.S.) and Maui's Ahanu Dru-Tson were eliminated.

Hawaii's Bruce Irons, who also entered the event as a favorite, was almost one of the casualties, coming close to elimination in the third round. But a ride of 5.5 points in the last moments of the heat was enough to push him into the quarterfinals.

Surfing continues through the week.

The championship includes the world's top 46 surfers ages 20 and under. They will be surfing throughout the week to determine the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) junior crown.

Early state golf lead to Sieradzki, Chapleski

Kaneohe Marine assistant pro Henry Sieradzki and Mark Chapleski, the pro at Ko Olina, both carded 68s yesterday to take a one-stroke lead into today's second round of the Callaway Hawaii State Open at the Hawaii Prince Golf Club.

In second were amateur Scott Carlyle, Makena Resort assistant Kirk Nelson and Hilo Municipal pro Kevin Hayashi.

In the women's division, Sally Soranaka shot a 70 to take a one-stroke lead over Lesly Ann Komoda. Tied for third at 72 are Dawn Kaneshiro, Joan Shimozaki and defending champ Christel Tomori.

The senior division co-leaders were Wendell Kop and Dean Prince.

The 54-hole tournament concludes tomorrow.

Seniors at nationals

At Palm Springs, Calif., one team finished second and two finished fourth at the USA League Tennis Senior National Championships.

In the 4.0 women's division, Honolulu lost to Nashville, Tenn., 3-0. It had earlier defeated Salt Lake City, 3-0, to advance.

The team, from Koko Head District Park, is captained by Betty Clark with members Adrienne Abreu, Roberta Bishop, Judy Ching, Joann Chun, Bea Coffee and Yoko Takahashi.

In the women's 4.5 division, Diamond Head lost its final two matches to place fourth. Yesterday's loss in the third-place match was 3-0, to Phoenix, the 1997 national champion.

The Hawaii team is captained by Prix Grimm with members Sue Ashford, Lurline Fujii, Charlotte Golden, Karen Hastings, Vicky O'Donnell and Jane Pang.

Hawaii's 4.0 men's division team lost its semifinal match to Fountain Valley, Calif., 2-1, and then the third-place match to Overland Park, Kan., 2-1.

Team members are Clifford Chan, Ira Gordon, David Kern, Les Nakasone, Felipe Sales, Ron Sera, John Veltri and David Ward.

See line scores and results in
the [Scoreboard] section.

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