Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Thursday, November 18, 1999

Hilo’s Tomori
assumes top spot
in qualifying

Christel Tomori of Hilo shot a 3-under-par 69 yesterday for a 36-hole score of 140 and the lead in the second round of the Futures Golf Tour's inaugural qualifying tournament at Lakeland, Fla.

Tied for second at 141 were Lauri Berles of Jenison, Mich., and Jennifer Hubbard of Plano, Texas.

Tomori, 24, who played collegiately at the University of Washington, said winning the Callaway Hawaii State Open two weeks ago was a "real confidence boost for me."

She holed a 15-foot putt from the fringe for her first birdie of the day at the par-3 third hole, then posted 12 consecutive pars before birdieing the par-5 16th and par-4 17th.

Tomori hit just 11 greens in regulation, but went up and down to save par seven times.

"I have been working on my short game and putting and it seems to be paying off," she said.

Also making the cut was Honolulu's Julie Miyagi. Failing to advance were Emily Gail of Kailua-Kona and Marie Miyashiro of Honolulu.

The field will be reduced to 70 players after today's third round.

Austin tennis clinic

Former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Tracy Austin will conduct a tennis clinic that will be open to the public Nov. 26 at The Orchid at Mauna Lani, on the Big Island.

There will also be an exhibition match between the University of Hawaii and Stanford University.

Austin, three-time winner of both the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, was the youngest athlete to earn $1 million in the sport, when she did it in 1980. She is also the youngest athlete to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Call (808) 885-2000 for more information.

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