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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, July 15, 2005

Kono keeps share of lead at 6 under

Advertiser Staff


Honolulu's Stephanie Kono retained a share of the lead after the rain-delayed second round of the Westfield Junior PGA Championship yesterday in Westfield Center, Ohio.

Chan Kim, also from Honolulu, waited out a 2-hour and 40-minute weather delay, then sank an eagle putt to surge into fourth place in the boys division.

"Making that eagle putt was the only thing I could think about during the delay," said Kim, who shot 67 and, at 138, is five shots out of first. "I wasn't thinking about anything standing over my putt, I was just shaking. I thought I left it out to the right but luckily it just broke into the hole."

Kim and Kono will both be sophomores this fall: Kim at Kaimuki High School and Kono at Punahou.

Kono led after an opening-round 66 Wednesday. She followed with a 70 yesterday and is tied with Alabama's Candace Schepperle (68) at 6-under 136. They are five ahead of the field.

"I played pretty well hitting more greens this round. I think I missed only one green, but it seemed like all my putts were downhill so it was hard to make any birdies," Kono said. "Candace played really well. She made a lot of birdies and only two bogeys, but other than that she really didn't make any mistakes. Anything can happen in two days. Anything can happen in one day."

Kimberly Kim, 13 of Pahoa, had a 73 yesterday and is tied for sixth at 145.

Joe Monte extended his lead to four shots in the boys field by shooting a 68. That set a new 36-hole-record of 9-under 133.

The Westfield Junior PGA Championship is The PGA of America's national championship for boys and girls age 17 and younger.


A 2-under-par 72 lifted Sacred Hearts freshman Ayaka Kaneko into fifth place yesterday at the 2005 Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego. Kaneko is two shots off the lead in the girls' 15-17 division going into today's final round.

Kaneko had three birdies, but bogeyed the 18th. She is at 5-under 217 at the Torrey Pines North Course after three rounds.

Mexico's Alejandra Llaneza (71) and Japan's Maiko Wakabayashi (73) share the first at 215. California's Sydney Burlison (72) and Erina Hara (68), from Japan, are a shot back.

Wahiawa's Britney Choy (74—230) is the only other Hawai'i girl to make the cut. She is tied for 25th.

The boys' 15-17 division at Torrey Pines South was halted because of fog, with most players unable to complete their rounds.

The younger age divisions concluded their 54-hole competitions yesterday at other San Diego-area courses. Wailuku's Taeksoo Kyung was Hawai'i's highest finisher, tying for eighth in the boys' 13-14 division at 71—218. Kyung finished 12 shots out of first.