No. 1 Irons surfs on in South Africa
World champion Andy Irons of Kaua'i advanced to the third round of the Billabong Pro yesterday at Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa.
Irons defeated South Africa's Warwick Wright in the second round, which was completed in 4-foot waves.
Irons, who is currently ranked No. 1 on the World Championship Tour, is scheduled to face another South African, Sean Holmes, in the third round.
Holmes was allowed into the contest as a replacement for Hawai'i's Kalani Robb, who withdrew because of illness. Irons is the only Hawai'i surfer in the event.
Wai'anae's Sunny Garcia withdrew because of a knee injury, and Kona's Shane Dorian withdrew to participate in another event.
Division champs crowned: All the division winners for the 42nd Transpacific Yacht Race were determined by yesterday morning.
As of 6 last night, 50 of the 54 yachts in the fleet had completed the 2,225-nautical mile course from Los Angeles to Diamond Head. The remaining four yachts are expected to arrive by early this morning.
Based on corrected times, the eight division championships have already been clinched: Pegasus 77 (Division 1), Alta Vita (Division 2), Reinrag2 (Division 3), Wild Thing (Division 4), Wind Dancer (Division 5), Illusion (Cal 40), Between the Sheets (Aloha A) and Barking Spider (Aloha B).
McLachlin loses: Honolulu's Parker McLachlin was ousted from the U.S. Men's Amateur Public Links, after losing to Danny Green of Jackson, Tenn., 1 up, yesterday in the first round of match play at the Blue Heron Pines Golf Club's East Course in Galloway, N.J.