Ting shoots 74 to lead Jennie K. first round
Former University of Hawai'i golfer Desiree Ting shot a 74 yesterday at Mid-Pacific Country Club to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the 52nd annual Jennie K. Invitational.
Hilo High's Kira-Ann Murashige and Punahou seventh-grader Stephanie Kono are tied for second, a shot back, after opening at 3-over-par 75. A year ago, Kono then 11 years old defeated Ting to win the State Match Play Championship.
State high school champion Leah Whiting is another shot back. Mona Kim and Bev Kim are tied for fifth at 77. Mona Kim has won the last two State Senior Championships; Bev Kim won the 1981 Jennie K.
Moanalua's Ayumi Hori (78) is alone in seventh. Two-time champion Bobbi Kokx is tied for eighth at 79, with 13-year-old Britney Choy, Waiakea freshman Amanda Wilson and Kaua'i High junior Lehua Wise. Wilson and Wise were second and third in the state high school championship.
Finalists set: Brigham Young University-Hawai'i players Petra Gaspar and Tagifano So'onalole advanced to the finals of the Women's Night Doubles Tournament with a straight set win last night at Kailua Racquet Club.
The BYUH duo beat Heidi and Kimi Kaloi, 6-1, 6-2.
Gaspar and Taosoga will face Tomo Sukegawa and Amy Sun in tonight's final at 7:15. Sukegawa and Sun beat Lani Matsunaga and Fleurette Miranti, 6-3, 6-1. The third-place match will begin at 6.
UH hires firm for AD search: The University of Hawai'i has hired the executive search firm of Eastman & Beaudine Inc. to aid in its process of selecting a new athletic director.
The Dallas-based firm will receive 25 percent of the new AD's first year salary, according to the school. That would be approximately $45,000 if UH pays its new hire the national Division I average of $180,000.
An 18-member committee chaired by David McClain, dean of the College of Business Administration, has been charged with presenting three to five names to the Manoa chancellor by July 1. Current athletic director Hugh Yoshida has announced plans to retire before his contract ends in December.
Golden Gloves: The Hawai'i State Golden Gloves Boxing Championships will be held tonight at Wahiawa District Park.
The bouts start at 6 p.m. The winners will represent Hawai'i at the 2002 National Golden Gloves Tournament in Denver, June 17-22.