Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Thursday, May 17, 2001

Pair headed to
women’s Publinx golf

Maui residents Rose Pagan and Tracy Granucci earned berths into the 25th United States Golf Association Women's Amateur Public Links Championship at the Kemper Lakes Golf Course in Illinois, June 19-24.

Pagan and Granucci qualified for the USGA tournament through the sectional qualifying tournament held at The Bay Course in Kapalua.

Pagan earned her berth after an 8-over-par 80. Bobbi Kokx, who initially qualified with a score of 81, declined her spot.

First alternate Granucci, who scored an 83, will take her place.

Hawaii's own

Benny Agbayani, Mets: The St. Louis and Hawaii Pacific alumnus is recovering from a lower abdomen strain and is day-to-day.

Mike Fetters, Dodgers: The Iolani graduate gave up an earned run on two hits in Los Angeles' 7-2 win over Montreal.

Pair of Wahine win regional honors

University of Hawaii junior second baseman Natalie Gonzales has been named to the Louisville slugger All-West Region team.

Senior pitcher Desiree Duran is on the second team.

Gonzales led the Wahine in batting (.348), hits (73), triples (3) and stolen bases (10 for 11).

In other news, KCCN (1420-AM) is airing the Wahine games in the NCAA Tournament regional at Tucson, Ariz., beginning with today's 11:30 a.m. (HST) game against Southwest Texas State.

UH heptathlete in fourth at WAC championships

FRESNO, Calif. >> University of Hawaii sophomore Nicole Kaffka was in fourth place yesterday after the first four events of the heptathlon at the Western Athletic Conference track and field championships.

Kaffka had 2,635 points after season bests in all four events: the 100 low hurdles (a personal best 15.88 seconds), high jump (1.56 meters), shot put (9.15 meters) and 200-meter dash (26.63).

Defending WAC champion Keitha Moseley of Rice leads with 3,331 points.

"(Kaffka's performance) far exceeded expectations, especially in the hurdles," UH coach Carmyn James said.

After the heptathlon is completed today, the meet continues tomorrow and Saturday.Hawaii surfers ousted in fourth round in Tahiti

All five of Hawaii's remaining entrants in the Billabong Pro were eliminated in their respective fourth-round heats at Teahupoo, Tahiti on Tuesday.

Finishing tied for ninth were Sunny Garcia, Andy and Bruce Irons, Kalani Robb and Shane Dorian. They each earned $5,000.

The title went to Cory Lopez, who defeated fellow Floridian CJ Hobgood for the $30,000 first prize.

Ex-Molokai High player Nakayama earns honor

Molokai High graduate Apana Nakayama, a freshman catcher/designated hitter at Utah Valley State College, earned first team all-regional honors on Tuesday.

Nakayama hit .358, and was second on the team in hits and triples. He had a .983 fielding percentage for the Wolverines, who lost to Dixie State in the title game last Saturday.

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