Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Michelle Wie lined up a putt as her caddie and father, B.J. Wie, looked on during qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open yesterday in Duluth, Ga. Wie shot a 78 to advance to one of seven sectional qualifying tournaments beginning June 3. Wie was one of six amateurs among the 14 qualifiers.

Wie moves on

Staff and wire reports

DULUTH, Ga. >> Twelve-year-old Michelle Wie, trying to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open, shot 6-over-par 78 yesterday to advance to one of seven sectional qualifying tournaments.

Wie, a seventh-grader at Punahou, played in the LPGA Tour's Asahi Ryokuken International last week in North Augusta, Ga. She missed the cut with rounds of 81 and 75.

Wie also missed the cut in the LPGA's season-opening Takefuji Classic after becoming the youngest Monday qualifier in tour history.

Isabelle Beisiegel of Norman, Okla., led the 14 sectional qualifiers at The Standard Club, shooting a 70.

The U.S. Women's Open is July 4-7 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

UH taking applications for athletic director job

The University of Hawaii has begun to accept applications for athletic director to replace Hugh Yoshida, who is retiring.

Screening begins June 7 and continues to the time of selection, which president Evan Dobelle hopes to be by the end of July.

The job description and other information, including how to nominate a candidate, is at http:www.hawaii.eduAD.

Work on UHtrack to take all summer

Construction began Monday to refurbish the Cooke Field track on the University of Hawaii campus.

The bid for the $1.7 million project was awarded to Jayar Construction. Construction includes creating areas for high jump, long jump, pole vault, triple jump, shot putdiscus, and a steeplechase equipped with a water-jump structure.

The eight lanes will be redone with a mondo surface in Rainbow-like colors. The project is scheduled to be completed Sept. 17.

State's amateurs compete for 63 slots

Over 100 of the state's top amateurs will vie for 63 spots during the June 3 qualifying round for the Manoa Cup, the Hawaii amateur match-play championship, at Oahu Country Club.

The qualifying round is 18-hole stroke play beginning at 7 a.m.

Defending champion Ryan Koshi is seeded first and has a bye into the first round on June 4. Play continues through the June 8 championship match.

Komine a semifinalist for Rotary Smith Award

Nebraska pitcher Shane Komine was named one of 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Smith Award honoring college baseball's top player.

The Smith Award, which is presented by the Rotary Club of Houston, is presented annually to the nation's top player. Komine, a Kalani High School graduate, joined fellow Big 12 Conference pitcher Justin Simmons from Texas on the list of semifinalists.

Komine is 6-0 this season and is bidding to become just the 14th pitcher in NCAA history to win 40 games and strike out 400 batters. He owns a 37-8 career record with a 2.80 ERA. He also holds the Nebraska record with 475 career strikeouts.

This season, the two-time All-American and two-time Big 12 Pitcher of the Year has a sparkling 1.84 ERA in 63 2/3 innings of work. Opponents are hitting just .159 against him, a mark that leads the Big 12.

Wailea tennis pro headed to Hall of Fame

Cathy Nicoloff, the Wailea Tennis Club head teaching pro, will be inducted into the College Hall of Fame at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa.

Nicoloff, a 1981 graduate of Westminster, played No. 1 singles for the college for four years. She was undefeated her sophomore season and was named the school's Most Valuable Player in 1980.

In December, Nicoloff was named the USPTA Hawaii Division Pro of the Year.

The induction ceremony is in Westminster in September.

Junior lifeguard registration at Boat Show

Registration for the Leeward Junior Lifeguard program, a five-day course that familiarizes teens with ocean and beach skills, will be held at this weekend's Hawaii Boat Show & Ocean Expo at Ko Olina Marina.

The program is open to anyone age 13-17, with strong swimming skills and a desire to learn about the ocean. Registration is from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Booth 42.

The sessions are June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12 and July 15-19 at Pokai Bay Beach Park. A $25 donation is suggested at registration.

For more information, call 393-0230 or 668-6266.

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