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Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, June 19, 2000

Ballard glides to victory
in Indonesian surf

MENTAWAI ISLANDS, Indonesia -- Kauai surfer Rochelle Ballard won the women's division at the OP Pro Boat Trip Challenge yesterday in Indonesia.

She was awarded $37,500, the largest prize in the history of women's surfing.

Ballard said she would split her winnings with the other three contestants.

The men's winner, Australia's Mark Occhilupo, said he would also share his $65,000 prize.

Bruce Irons of Kauai was second, followed by Sunny Garcia of Oahu and Irons' brother Andy.

Two make U.S. team

Kailua's Mike Stock and Honolulu's James Farnum have been named to the U.S. Canoe/Kayak 23-under team following last week's competition at Chula Vista, Calif.

Andy Bussey of Kailua just missed out on making the team by six-tenths of a second. Bussey's sister Megan also barely missed making the U.S. team but has been invited to the Summer Development Camp at the Lake Placid, N.Y. Olympic Training Center.

Youth golf qualifiers

Two Junior World regional qualifying golf tournaments were held last week.

At the Sea Mountain Course Thursday, 44 boys and girls advanced to state qualifying.

Boys' age group medalists were Nainoa Calip (7-8), Max Bonk (9-10), David Kim (11-12), Burt Bonk (13-14) and Jarett Hamamoto and Gabriel Wilson (15-17).

Girls' age-group medalists were Kimberly Kim (7-8), Joy Kim (9-10), Amanda Wilson (11-12), Kira-Ann Murashige (13-14) and Katie Atebara (15-17).

At the Kalakaua Course Friday, 49 boys and girls qualified.

Boys' medalists were Braxton Maluenda (7-8), Michael Sato (9-10), Kurt Nino (11-12), Christopher Souza (13-14) and Christian Akau (15-17).

Girls' medalists were Kaira Martin (7-8), Michelle Wie (9-10), Wendee Augustiro (11-12), Xyra Suyetsugu (13-14) and Merynn Ito (15-17).

The Junior World state qualifying tournament is Thursday and Friday at the Wailea Blue Course (ages 13-17) and the Waiehu Course (ages 7-12).

Forty-four juniors will advance to the Junior World Championships in San Diego.

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

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