Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, June 18, 2001

Fong earns berth into U.S. Publinx tourney

Eric Fong shot a 7-under 137 at the Ala Wai Golf Course Saturday to win the Honolulu Sectional qualifier for next month's U.S. Amateur Public Links golf tournament.

Fong finished four strokes ahead of Robert Ota, earning a spot in the July 9-14 tournament in San Antonio.

3 state lift marks set at Aloha State Games

Kyle Yamauchi, the reigning junior national and junior Pan American champion in the 123-pound weight class, set two state weightlifting records during Saturday's Aloha State Games competition at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center.

Yamauchi had a lift of 248 pounds in the clean and jerk, and a total of 446 pounds.

Tracey Freitas, competing in the 231-pound class, had a 259-pound lift in the snatch competition for a new state masters record.

Joshua Sakamaki, competing in the 103-pound junior class, was given an award for the best technique in the competition.

41 golfers qualify for Junior World competition

Forty-one golfers qualified for next month's Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego following the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association's qualifying tournament last week at the Kauai Lagoons and Wailua Municipal golf courses.

Winning their respective divisions were: Jarett Hamamoto (boys 15-17), Ayumi Hori (girls 15-17), Reyn Tanaka (boys 13-14), Kayla Morinaga (girls 13-13), Jordan Cox (boys 11-12), and Kanoe Sakihama (girls 11-12).

Also, Pono Calip (boys 9-10), Ha'aheo Manini-Hew Len (Girls 9-10), Ryan Kuroiwa (boys 7-8) and Hee Sue Condry (girls 7-8).

The Junior Worlds are scheduled for July 17--20.

Hawaii's own

Benny Agbayani, Mets: New York Yankees manager Joe Torre may think twice before looking to the bullpen the next time Agbayani faces his team.

With the bases loaded in the eighth inning of a 8-3 game, Torre decided to bring in Carlos Alamanzar rather than staying with Randy Choate, who struck out the St. Louis School and Hawaii Pacific alumnus in his previous at-bat. Agbayani proved Torre's gut feeling wrong, singling to right field to plate a pair of runs and allowing his team to rally and win the game, 9-8.

Agbayani had never faced Choate before the day and had seen Almanzar only once, doubling in that opportunity. His clutch performance raised his career average to an even .400 (10-25) with the bases loaded. Agbayani was 0-4 before the single, but made a sliding catch of a flare to left by Paul O'Neill in the fourth.

Mike Fetters, Dodgers: The Iolani School graduate seems to be still recovering from his 113 innings of work Friday night, staying in the bullpen yesterday while Dodgers' manager Jim Tracy waved in Giovanni Carrara and Matt Herges to hold a lead that Jeff Shaw blew in the ninth. Los Angeles lost 6-4 to the Angels.

Good form counts

Chu Hsueh-Chang of Taiwan demonstrated his karate form in the kata
division during the first Kanazawa Cup and Gasshuku 2001 Goodwill
tournament at Manoa District Park Gym yesterday.

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

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