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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, July 25, 2002

Carroll captures U.S. amateur surf title

Advertiser Staff

Nathan Carroll of Sunset Beach won the prestigious open men's surfing division of the United States Surfing Federation Championships yesterday at Oceanside, Calif.

In waves that ranged from 2 to 5 feet, Carroll defeated California's Josh Montgomery in the one-on-one final. Open men is considered the top division of the contest.

Because the open men's division followed a double-elimination format, Carroll defeated Montgomery twice yesterday. Carroll, 17, is a home-school senior.

He also placed second in the junior men's division earlier this week.

More than 600 surfers are competing in the week-long contest, which is considered the national amateur championships.


• Hawai'i wiped out: On what contest officials called "a day of upsets," all four Hawai'i surfers in the Billabong Pro were eliminated yesterday.

The entire third round and the start of the fourth round were held in 4- to 5-foot waves yesterday at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.

Kaua'i's Andy Irons was the victim in the biggest upset of the day. Irons entered the contest ranked No. 1 on the world tour, but lost in the third round to unranked South African Sean Holmes.

Despite his loss, Irons might still retain the No. 1 ranking after this contest. Cory Lopez, Shea Lopez, Luke Egan and C.J. Hobgood — ranked Nos. 2 through 5, respectively — were also eliminated.

Wai'anae's Sunny Garcia, the 2000 world champion, was narrowly eliminated in the third round by Australian Lee Winkler, 16.5-15.75.

Shane Dorian of Kailua, Kona, was eliminated in the third round by Australia's Joel Parkinson.

Kalani Robb of O'ahu's North Shore won his third round heat yesterday, but then was eliminated in the fourth round by Australian Mick Fanning.


• Three from Hawai'i ousted: All three Hawai'i golfers were eliminated in the first round of match play at the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship in Westfield, N.J., yesterday.

Amanda Wilson of Hilo lost to Stephanie Connelly of Pasadena, Md., 1 up. Honolulu's Michelle Wie was beaten by Kim Shin of Shoreline, Wash., in 19 holes, and Hilo's Kira-Ann Murashige lost to Ashley Knoll of The Woodlands, Texas, 4 and 3.

• Two from Hawai'i still in it: Allan Baab of Wailua, Kaua'i shot a 9-over-par 79 yesterday at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Duluth, Ga.

Kurt Nino of Honolulu shot an 83.

Baab and Nino were among 78 players who did not complete the second round.

Chris Gilliland of Chattanooga, Tenn., had the lead in the clubhouse with a 4-under-par 66 yesterday for a 140 total.


• Lee to represent Hawai'i: Cal Lee, current athletic director and former football coach of St. Louis School, was chosen as the Hawai'i delegate for the National Football League's Youth Football Summit at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, Aug. 1-3.

Lee will be among 150 coaches, administrators and other supporters of youth high school football attending the conference, which includes educational seminars and tips on how to create better citizens and football players.


• Summer League on hiatus: The NCAA Summer League has suspended play until Aug. 3 as resurfacing work is done on the floor of the Kaimuki High School gym.