Douglas Oki shot a final-round 72 yesterday to win the 78th annual Big Island Amateur golf title by five strokes in the three-day event played at the Waikoloa Beach Resort.
Oki wins Big Island golf
Oki's 54-hole total of 222 helped him overcome a six-shot deficit. Second-round leader Loi Chang slipped into second place after shooting a final round of 83. It was a marked difference from the 67 he shot on Friday.
Jeff Strang placed third in the championship flight with a 229.
Jay Matsumoto won the A flight at 231 with Schoen Maekawa placing first in the B flight with a three-day 256.
Warriors bounce back with World Series winThe Hawaii Warriors bounced back from a tough defeat yesterday to beat Waite Park of Montana in the 10-year-old Cal Ripken World Series at Joe Bilskie Senior Field.
Reyn Kimura picked up the win in the lopsided game thanks in part to his teammates' hitting barrage.
Kimura helped his own cause with three hits. Buen Hatanaka and Travis Sato also had three hits in leading the Warriors to the win.
Bartels stopped in U.S. Open surfing semifinalsMelanie Bartels of Makaha scored a 14.90 in the semifinal round of the women's surfing portion of the U.S. Open yesterday, but did not advance into the final four.
Pauline Menczer of Austrailia won the toiurnament.
Sunny Garcia only made it to the quartterfinals on the men's side of the same tournament, but was stopped with a score of 12.04. It was the second-lowest score of the day.
Rob Machado ended up winning the title, outpointing Marcelo Nunes 22.96-22.84.
Babe Ruth Hawaii wallops Carson CityBabe Ruth Hawaii had few problems in its 10-0 victory over Carson City, Nev. at the 15 and under Pacific West Regional Tournament played in El Segundo, Calif.
Shawn Kiriu pitched a one-hitter to get the victory and Chris Balatico went 3-for-3 with 3 RBIs.
Young pitches no-hitter as Wailau takes tourneyTina Young pitched a no-hitter to lead Wailau to a 3-0 win over the Explosion in the championship game of an 18 and under softball tournament played in Torrance, Calif.
Wailau advanced to the championship game with a 3-1 victory over Fontana A.
McDowell pliots Tiare to Ko Olina Calabash winJames McDowell skippered the Tiare to a victory in the PH1 class of yesterday's Ko Olina Calabash sailboat event.
The 40-mile course for mono- and multi-hull boats ran from Ala Wai to Ko Olina and back. Socorro captured the PH2 event under the guidance of Cliff Cisco. Tony Miller took the PHC class on Ikaika.
Dr. Kenneth Kaan led the Back Breaker to a victory in the Melges 24 class and Peter Hershorn skippered the Illusion to a win in the MHull division.
Westside victorious at Baseball in ParadiseSamson Aina not only pitched well in Westside's 2-1 victory over the Blaze of California in yesterday's championship game of the Baseball in Paradise tournament, he also knocked in the winning run.
Aina allowed only three hits and struck out five in the 12 and under tournament. David Mohika went 2-for-2 and scored both runs for Westside.
Hawaii's OwnBenny Agbayani, Mets: The St. Louis and Hawaii Pacific alumnus was held out of the lineup for the second straight day while New York decides whether to pull the trigger on a deal with the Giants or keep him.
Brandon Villafuerte, Rangers: The Big Island native was held out of Texas' 6-3 loss to the Red Sox.
Villafuerte threw 37 pitches Saturday, exactly the same number of pitches he threw in his three previous efforts combined.
Mike Fetters, Pirates: The Iolani graduate didn't feel confident with runners on first and third and no outs, a one-run lead and Todd Helton at the plate yesterday.
Fetters was up to the challenge, however, striking out last year's NL batting champion and retiring the next two hitters to save the Pittsburgh Pirates' 5-4 win over the Colorado Rockies.
"I'm thinking what everybody else is thinking, 'Oh my god, are you kidding me?' " Fetters said after giving up a triple to Larry Walker and a walk to Jeff Cirillo.
"Todd Helton, a guy I hate facing is up there and one swing of the bat and the game is over. I'm thinking to myself just get the ball on the ground, keep it down and hopefully somebody will hit it at somebody."
Fetters, acquired on Tuesday from Los Angeles, did better than that. He struck out Helton on a pitch up and away.
"I tried to get a ball in the air so I was looking for something up," Helton said. "I couldn't have hit it with a telephone pole."