Hawaii Beat

Kono leads Publinx qualifiers

Stephanie Kono of Honolulu carded a 1-under 72 to earn medalist honors by one stroke at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Qualifying Tournament at the Wailua Golf Course on Kauai.

Kono, an eighth-grader at Punahou School, was one of five Hawaii qualifiers for next month's 28th U.S. Championship in Virginia. Also qualifying for the June 22-27 tournament were Miki Ueoka (72) and Lehua Wise (75) of Lihue; Kapaa's Kiilani Matsuyoshi (78) and Hilo's Whitney Ueno (80). Megan Ueno from Hilo is the first alternate.

Scott, Rogers finish fourth in China

Kailua's Sean Scott and teammate Todd Rogers finished fourth yesterday at the $180,000 SWATCH-FIVB Beach World Tour event in Lianyungang, China.

This was the best finish in a tournament for the pair, winning $11,000 and improving on their point total for the U.S. Olympic qualifying list for the Athens Olympics.

Yesterday, Scott and Rogers lost to eventual champions Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera of Spain, 21-17, 21-18, in the semifinal. The Americans then fell to Brazil's Pedro Cunha and Para Ferreira, 21-10, 21-17, in the bronze medal match.

Rogers and Scott are second on the U.S. Olympic qualifying list with 1,600 points for their best eight finishes since the start of the Olympic-qualifying process in January 2003. Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard top the list with 2,188 points.

Former Punahou School player Stein Metzger and partner Dax Holdren, 17th this weekend, are third with 1,404. Ex-Punahou player Kevin Wong and partner Eric Fonoimoana still have a chance for the second U.S. spot as the pair has compiled 746 Olympic qualifying points for five events after placing fifth this weekend.

Ige-Tamashiro take Brown title

Roy Ige and Kent Tamashiro beat Alvin Okada Jr. and Earl Medeiros 4 and 2 to win the championship flight of the Francis I'i Brown 4-Ball Match-Play Tournament yesterday at the Ala Wai Golf Course.

The father and son team of Tom and Robert Nakagawa, seeded 16th, won the A flight title 2-up over second seeds Eddie Augustine and Phillip Tabion. Chris Sera and Shane Kaneshiro defeated George Akeo and Michael Artiaga 1-up after 37 holes.

Hawaii surfers advance at Roxy Pro

Hawaii's Rochelle Ballard and Melanie Bartels won their respective heats and Keala Kennelly placed second to advance to the third round of the Roxy Pro France surf meet at La Madrague Beach.

Ballard easily won her heat with a 14.85, while Bartels had a narrow victory in her heat with a 13.75.

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