Hilos Kevin Hayashi, the reigning Hawaii State Open champion, fired a 4-under-par 68 yesterday to maintain a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Pro Tour Hawaiis season-opening event at Waimea Country Club on the Big Island.
Hayashi, a pro at Hilo Municipal, opened with a course-record 63 on Tuesday. He has a 36-hole total of 13-under 131 in the 72-hole, $100,000 tournament.
"I guess it is tough to follow a round like that. I just try to make as many birdies as I can," said Hayashi, 35. "I try not to think about winning, but just how many birdies I can make."
Richard Barcelo, a 25-year-old from Arizona, who played on the NIKE Tour, shot a 66 and is second at 133. Todd Fisher, of California, shot a 65 and was four strokes back at 135.
The third round will be played today, with the final 18 holes scheduled for tomorrow. The first tee time both days is 7:30 a.m.
Pipeline Pro moves: Huge and unrideable waves of 15 to 20 feet forced the postponement and subsequent moving of the Mike Stewart International Pipeline Pro yesterday at the Banzai Pipeline.
The event, which is considered the premier contest in bodyboarding, is in the quarterfinal round, and needs one more day to determine a champion. However, yesterday was the last day of the holding period at the Banzai Pipeline.
According to Mike Stewart, the contests sponsor and also one of the top entries, City & County officials did not grant an extension for the contest to continue today at Pipeline.
So instead, the contest will move to the West Shore of Oahu either at Maili Point or Keaau Beach Park for the final day of competition today.
In addition to crowning a contest champion, the world championship will be decided today. Australias Ben Holland, South Africas Philip Rodrigues, and Brazilians Paulo Barcellos and Diego Cabral are the leading contenders for the world title.
Olympians here: Gold medalists Natalie Cook and Kerri Pottharst will play an exhibition today at noon at Queens Surf, Waikiki Beach.
The Australians will play against Hawaiis Karrie (Trieschman) Poppinga and Lia Young.
In other news, Beach Volleyball America has scheduled its Tour Championship for Sept. 15-16 in Honolulu.
The second-year womens tour plans to add mens events this year.
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