Hayashi wins Aloha PGA stroke play
Mauna Kea Resort's Kevin Hayashi shot an even-par 72 for a four-stroke victory in the Aloha Section PGA Mauna Kea Resort Stroke Play Championship yesterday.
Hayashi finished with a 54-hole total of 8-under 208, and won $2,500 at the Mauna Kea Golf Course on the Big Island.
Kirk Nelson of Makena placed second with a total of 4-under 212, and won $2,000.
Brain Sasada of Makena and Matt Pakkala of Mililani tied for third at even-par 216, and won $1,200 each.
Defending champion Kevin Carll of Turtle Bay placed sixth at 221 and got $750.
In the senior division, Ron Kiaaina Jr. of Makaha won by two strokes over defending champion Rodney Acia of Hilo Muni. Kiaaina shot a 5-over 221 and won $2,250.
Kerry Greenwood of Leilehua won the super senior division with a 266, and pocketed $350.
PUERTO RICO SWEEPS U.S. BOYS YOUTH TEAM
Puerto Rico swept the U.S. Boys National Team, 26-24, 25-21, 25-20, in the opening match of the NORCECA Boys Youth Continental Championship yesterday at Bayaguana, in the Dominican Republic.
Juniors Erik Shoji (Punahou) and Brad Lawson (Iolani) are on the U.S. team, led by Hawai'i men's associate coach Tino Reyes.
The tournament, for boys 19 and under, is a qualifier for next year's FIVB Men's Youth World Championships.
For pool play, the United States is in Group A along with the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Puerto Rico. Group B includes Canada, Cuba and Mexico.
Earlier this month in Mexico, Cuba defeated the USA Men's Junior National Team, 25-16, 25-20, 25-18, to successfully defend its title at the NORCECA Men's U-21 Continental Tournament. Both teams had already qualified for the 2007 FIVB Junior World Championship.
Canada won the bronze over Puerto Rico, 25-15, 25-21, 22-25, 25-11, and also qualified.
The U.S. team was basically the same group that brought home the first gold medal for the USA at the Boys' Youth NORCECA qualifying tournament two summers ago. It includes Hawai'i's Kawika Shoji (Iolani graduate), Spencer McLachlin (Punahou) and Jordan Inafuku (Kamehameha).
Kailua's Taylor Donovan and Honolulu's Kenneth Rewick, both slated for 2009 high school graduation, trained at the USA Boys' Selection National Camp this summer.
THREE HAWAI'I WOMEN ADVANCE IN BRAZIL
Hawai'i surfers Megan Abubo, Rochelle Ballard and Keala Kennelly advanced to the third round of the Billabong Girls Pro Brazil yesterday.
The first and second rounds were completed in 2- to 3-foot waves at Tirririca Beach, Itacare, Brazil.
Ballard had one of the top heats of the day, receiving a two-wave score of 13.5 in her second-round victory.
Australia's Melanie Redman-Carr was eliminated in the second round. She had won all three previous events on the women's world tour this year and entered this contest ranked No. 1.