Kono in golf match-play quarterfinals
Medalist Stephanie Kono, an 11-year-old, reached the quarterfinals of the Hawai'i State Women's Golf Association Match Play Championship yesterday, when only one first-round match went to the final hole at O'ahu Country Club.
Kono won her match, 6 and 5, over Jean Temblor. Sibylle Brinkman, Kathy Tsukada, Bev Kim, Desiree Ting and Merynn Ito also won big, needing 14 holes or fewer to reach this morning's quarterfinals.
In the closest matches of the day, Sanae Vierra defeated Rhoda James, 3 and 2, and Liz Breza ousted Terry Lui, 1-up.
Kono plays Brinkman at 7 a.m. today, followed by Tsukada and Kim, Ting and Vierra, and Breza against Ito.
The semifinals are tomorrow, and the final is 7 a.m. Friday.
Next, the World: Amy Tong and Taylor Takata of Hawai'i are en route to Europe, and will be joined by Neal Takamoto for the World Judo Championships in Germany next month. They are all members of the U.S. World Team.
Last weekend at the Pacific Rim Championships in Los Angeles, Takamoto, a St. Louis School alumnus, placed fifth in the men's open division.
Tong, a 2000 Olympian and current national champion in the 78kg division, suffered a minor concussion and withdrew, while Takata, an Iolani alumnus who placed third in this year's U.S. Open, finished ninth in men's 60kg.
The world meet will be held July 26-29 in Munich.
Chun second: Clarissa Chun of Kapolei lost two close matches to four-time world champion Tricia Saunders of Phoenix last weekend in the finals of the USA Wrestling World Team Trials in Cincinnati.
Chun is a 1999 Roosevelt High School graduate who just finished her sophomore year at Missouri Valley College.
Saunders, who has never lost to an American opponent, had to hold off a late charge in the second period to beat Chun 8-6 in the first match. Saunders won the second match 10-6 to earn the World Team berth at 101.25 pounds.