Wednesday, January 17, 2001
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Posted on: Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Isle File
Top bodyboarders advance at Pipeline

Advertiser Staff

Four of the five contenders for bodyboarding’s world championship advanced to the quarterfinals of the Mike Stewart International Pipeline Pro yesterday at the Banzai Pipeline.

The third round of the contest was completed in 3- to 5-foot surf, but the remaining rounds were postponed at mid-day due to deteriorating conditions.

Ben Holland of Australia, Philip Rodrigues of South Africa, and Brazilians Paulo Barcellos and Diego Cabral all advanced through the third round yesterday. They are now the only four competitors with a shot at winning the world championship.

One other contender, South Africa’s Andre Botha, was eliminated yesterday. He was the defending Pipeline Pro and world champion.

The Pipeline Pro is the final event on the 2000-01 Global Organization of Bodyboarders World Tour.

Stewart, a nine-time former world champion, was one of only two Hawaii competitors to advance to the quarterfinals. Jesse Cooper of Kauai was the other.

The final day of competition will be today, with waves expected to be around 15 feet.


Hayashi leads: Hilo’s Kevin Hayashi dominated the first round of Pro Tour Hawaii’s inaugural tournament by shooting a course-record 63 at Waimea Country Club on the Big Island.

Hayashi, 35, started the round with six pars, then made eagle on the 501-yard, par-5 seventh hole.

Hayashi played the four par-5s in 5-under to take a three-stroke lead over Jay Hunter of Columbia, Mo.

A field of 67 is competing in the tour’s opening event, the first of 10 that features professionals from places as distant as England and Canada.

Other Hawaii golfers include Gregory Meyer (70), Regan Lee (72), Kevin Carll (72), Ivan Cunningham (75) and Kendall Fukumoto (79).


Hart triumphs: Second-seeded Roger Hart, a teaching pro at the Hilton Waikoloa and Kona Village, beat No. 4 seed Brad Joelson, 6-2, 6-3, Sunday to win the Hilton Waikoloa Challenge.

Hart earned a wild card into the qualifying draw of the Hilton Waikoloa USTA Challenger Tournament on Sunday and Monday.

The main draw begins Tuesday. Admission is free for the qualifying rounds, while tickets for the main draw can be purchased by calling (808) 526-4400.

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