Stephanie Kono has a pair of 73s to lead the Jennie K Invitational going into today's final round.

Kono plays steady
at Jennie K


Monday, May 19, 2003

» Jennie K Invitational golfer Lehua Wise is a senior at Kauai High School. A story and caption on yesterday's Page B5 incorrectly stated she is Kauai alumna and New Mexico State freshman.

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Consistency could just as easily be spelled with a "K" at this year's Jennie K Invitational women's golf tournament.

For the second day in a row, Stephanie Kono carded a 1-over 73 to take a two-stroke lead into today's final round of the 53rd annual event at Mid-Pacific Country Club.

Trailing the Punahou School seventh grader was New Mexico State freshman Lehua Wise of Kauai, who shot a 73 to move up from fourth to second with a 148 total in the 54-hole event. Former University of Hawaii golfer Bobbi Kokx, seeking her third Jennie K title, slid into a third-place tie with Kamehameha Schools sophomore Mari Chun at 149.

Waiakea High's Amanda Wilson, last year's runner-up, fell out of a tie for second with Kokx and into fifth by carding a 77 for a 151 total. Taking advantage of knowledge of her home course, Bridget Dwyer moved up a spot into sixth at 75--152.

Lehua Wise, a Kauai alumna who is a freshman at New Mexico State, shot a 73 yesterday in the Jennie K Invitational to move into second place, two strokes back of Stephanie Kono.

Windy conditions hampered the field, with only Waikele's Kathy Tsukada managing to shoot par. Her 72 took her to 153 and lifted her out of a tie for 14th and into seventh.

Defending champion Kira-Ann Murashige, the medalist in last weekend's state tournament, appeared out of contention to repeat. A 78--157 had the Hilo High junior 12th out of the 19 golfers in the Championship Flight.

Yuko Abergas remained the A Flight leader and was three strokes ahead of Miya Joy Argent at 162. Argent had the low round of the flight with a 79, leap-frogging her out of a tie for eighth into second at 165.

Other flight leaders were: Serina Obara (B, 167), Mimi Fukushima (C, 170), Yoshiko Koyama (D, 176), and Angie Navin (E, 190).


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