Friday, January 26, 2001
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Posted on: Friday, January 26, 2001

Isle File
Americans dominate tennis Challenger

Advertiser Staff

Eight Americans advanced from yesterday’s second round of the $50,000 Hilton Waikoloa Village U.S. Tennis Association Challenger on the Big Island.

It is the first time in more than 20 years of USTA Professional Circuit series events that all the quarterfinalists are American.

Top seed Paul Goldstein, the defending champion from Rockville, Md., led the charge. Goldstein extended his Waikoloa win streak to seven with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Israel’s Andy Ram.

Goldstein will play former Stanford teammate Bob Bryan. The two played in the 1998 NCAA championship singles final, with Bryan winning. Yesterday, the No. 7 seed beat Ireland’s Scott Barron.

Also advancing was Andy Roddick, 19, from Florida, with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 victory over New Jersey’s Eric Taino. Roddick was the top-ranked junior in the world last year, when he won the junior events at the Australian and U.S. opens, and also captured two challenger events.

Vince Spadea, ranked as high as No. 19 two years ago, advanced when Sweden’s Johan Ortegren retired in the third set.


South Koreans train here: Two South Korean professional baseball teams have selected Oahu for their winter training, Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris said yesterday.

Harris said the Doosan Bears and the Samsung Lions of the Korean Baseball League will train next month at Hans L’Orange Park in Waipahu and other possible locations on the island.

The teams will move to the new Central Oahu Regional Park in Waipio next year.


International meet: Hawaii will play host to this year’s USA Gymnastic Pontiac American Team Cup, March 30-31 at the Neil Blaisdell Center.

The event will feature international competition between the national teams from the United States, China and Romania. China and Romania took second and third place, respectively, in last year’s Olympic Games.

The competition will be televised by NBC Sports, April 7 and 14.

Hawaii won over Milwaukee, New York and Houston to host the event.


Women’s championship: The V Bodyboards World Championship of Women’s Bodyboarding kicks off the 2001 World Tour with 72 of the top women in the world.

The three-day holding period will be held Sunday through Feb. 9 at the North Shore.

The event also includes open divisions for air show and drop-knee competitions.


Mililani membership: Mililani Golf Club is offering a new $100 membership rate for kamaaina.

A membership at the 72-par course entitles members to a $10 fee on weekends and discounts at the club’s restaurant and Pro Shop.

A Hawaii drivers’ license or picture I.D. is required upon check-in.

Membership is valid through Dec. 31, 2001, and may be renewed. For membership, tee times or information, call 623-2222.

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