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Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, October 18, 2000

Kometani gains
in LPGA qualifying

Star-Bulletin staff

Hawaii golfer Pam Kometani shot a 69 yesterday for a 36-hole total of 145 to move up to a tie for 26th place in the LPGA final qualifying tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla.

She trails second-round leader Luciana Benvenuti of Brazil by seven strokes. Christel Tomori of Hawaii is tied for 99th with a 77-152. The low 70 and ties will make the cut for tomorrow's final round.

The low 14 finishers will earn exempt spots for the 2001 season. The next 35 players and ties will get nonexempt status.

Club pros play on Maui

Jeff Freeman defends his title as 119 club professionals from 13 states begin play tomorrow in the 72-hole Western PGA Club Professional Championship at the Makena Resort's South Course on Maui.

The low 26 players will qualify for the 2001 PGA Club Professional Championship June 21-24 at Sunriver, Oregon.

Besides Freeman, an assistant pro at the Tamarisk Country Club in La Quinta, Calif., other former champions in the field are Brett Upper of Phoenix, Ariz., and Steve Schneiter of Sandy, Utah.

Among the Hawaii entries are brothers Ron Castillo Jr. of Hapuna and Poipu Bay Resort's Michael Castillo.

Also entered are Doug Bohn, Scott Gileta, Brendan Moynahan, Kirk Nelson, Kevin Hayashi and Brian Sasada, the Aloha Section PGA player of the year.

HPU still unanimous No. 1

The Hawaii Pacific University women's volleyball team received all 25 first-place votes to remain atop the AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 poll this week.

The Lady Sea Warriors (14-0 overall, 7-0 Pacific West Conference) have been No. 1 in every regular-season poll this year. They have been the unanimous No. 1 choice for seven consecutive weeks.

Brigham Young-Hawaii is No. 8 this week.

HPU hosts Chaminade and Hawaii-Hilo in 7:30 p.m. matches at the St. Andrew's Priory gym Friday and Saturday.

Wahine remain No. 2

The University of Hawaii women's volleyball team again was ranked No. 2 in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll.

The Wahine (16-0) received 11 first-place votes. The remaining 49 first-place votes went to top-ranked Nebraska (17-0), the only other undefeated team in the country.

Following Hawaii in the poll are Colorado State, Southern Cal and Arizona. The Wahine left today for matches at Texas-El Paso Friday and Rice Saturday.

Linfield honors Yoshida

University of Hawaii athletic director Hugh Yoshida has been named Alumnus of the Year by Linfield (Ore.) College.

Yoshida, who received a bachelor's degree in physical education (1962) and master's in education (1966) from Linfield, was a four-year letterman at linebacker for the Wildcats' football team.

Playing for coach Paul Durham, later to serve as UH athletic director, Yoshida captained the Linfield team and earned NAIA All-America and all-conference honors.

He began his football coaching career as a Linfield graduate assistant, then coached football and basketball at Loara High School in Anaheim, Calif., before returning to Hawaii to become football and track coach at Waialua High.

He went on to coach football at Leilehua High for 17 years, leading the Mules to two OIA championships (1974, 1984) and their only Prep Bowl title (1984, over St. Louis, 10-0).

Gymnasts to mainland

Two gymnasts with the Hawaiian Island Twisters are headed to the mainland for competition.

Megan Harada, 9, of Manoa is going to Phoenix for USA Gymnastics Talent Opportunity Program national testing. If she qualifies, she'll attend the TOPS National Training in December.

Marie Lucas, 18, of Ewa is going to Boise, Idaho, on a recruiting trip. She has been offered a full scholarship by the University of Idaho, according to coach Joe Rapp of HIT.

Helping hand for semipros

Bernard Gottschalk, Director of Football Development, NFL Europe, will help the Hawaiian Warriors semipro team players and coaches during an Oct. 23-30 camp.

The camp is held in the evening. For more information, call general manager and head coach John Frederick at 671-8213 or 676-4714.

Kanalima in U.S tourney

Kanalima, a women's team from Honolulu, will participate in the USA League Tennis 4.0 Senior National Championships, Oct. 26-29 at Tucson, Ariz.

Team members are Betty Clark, Roberta Bishop, Florence Fernandez, Violet Subiaga, Judy Ching and Harriet Somerville.

Toys for Tots tennis

The annual Toys for Tots mixed doubles benefit tennis tournament will be held Dec. 2-3 at the Ala Moana Courts.

There are three divisions: open, seniors and 8.0.

The entry fee is $30 per team and the deadline is Nov. 10.

For further information, call Tom Sugita at 454-2318.

Winter baseball camp at UH

The Rainbow Winter Baseball Camp will run Dec. 20-22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, at Rainbow Stadium.

The cost is $100 and includes a T-shirt, baseball cap and photo.

The registration deadline is Dec. 6. If space permits, late registration ($10 extra) will be possible after that date.

The instructors are members of the UH baseball staff and guest high school coaches.

For registration forms or more information, call 956-6247.

NAPA race this weekend

Round three of the four-round NAPA Auto Parts 2000 Championship drag racing series is Saturday at Hawaii Raceway Park.

Featured are the Budweiser Gold Cup Pro Gas series, the Pro Eliminator series and the Goodyear Top Gun series.

Qualifying for the Pro Eliminator and Top Gun divisions is Friday night. Sunday, it's round eight of the HRP Silver Cup series. Gates open at 6 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

For information, call 841-3724.

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

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