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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, July 21, 2006

Punahou's Kono lone Isle golfer to advance

Advertiser Staff and News Services

Honolulu's Stephanie Kono birdies the first extra hole to beat North Carolina's Cydney Clanton in a round-of-16 match.

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Honolulu's Stephanie Kono defeated Cydney Clanton, of Concord, N.C., on the 19th hole yesterday to advance to the quarterfinals of match play in the U.S. Girls Junior golf tournament at Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, N.C.

Kono, a 16-year-old Punahou School junior, won on the first extra hole when Clanton missed a 5-foot putt that would have matched Kono's birdie on the par-4 first.

"I didn't have a real advantage on any hole," Kono said. "Every time I went one up, she would come back."

Kono meets stroke play medalist Mina Harigae, of Monterey, Calif., in today's quarterfinals. Harigae defeated Sara Hurwitch, of Potomac Falls, Va., 5 and 4, in the round of 16.

The semifinals, which also will be played today, will be televised on the Golf Channel starting at 11 a.m. Hawai'i time. The 36-hole final is tomorrow.

Two other Hawai'i girls were eliminated in the round of 32 yesterday. Isabelle Lendl, daughter of tennis great Ivan Lendl, defeated Kimberly Kim, a former Hilo resident, 3 and 2, and Vicky Hurst, of Melbourne, Fla., ousted Honolulu's Ayaka Kaneko, 5 and 3.

The U.S. Girls Junior, which is for golfers 17 and under, drew a record 899 entries with 156 advancing to this week's championship.



Andrew Putnam, of University Place, Wash., defeated Honolulu's Tadd Fujikawa, 3 and 2, yesterday in the round of 16 of the U.S. Junior Amateur at Rancho Santa Fe (Calif.) Golf Club.

Fujikawa, a Moanalua High sophomore, was the last Hawai'i player remaining in the tournament.

Putnam, brother of Nationwide Tour player Michael Putnam, took a 1-up lead by winning the fifth hole and led the rest of the way.

In the round of 32, Fujikawa beat Tyler Ichikawa, of Los Altos, Calif., 1-up. Fujikawa never trailed in the match, which was closely contested throughout. Fujikawa's biggest lead was 2-up.

Drew Kittleson, of Scottsdale, Ariz., eliminated Sean Maekawa of Pa'auilo, Hawai'i, 4 and 3, in the round of 32.

Stroke-play medalist Arnond Vongvanij of Bradenton, Fla., was ousted by Danny Lee of New Zealand in the round of 32, 1-up.

A total of 3,174 entered this year's U.S. Junior Amateur for boys 17 and under; 156 advanced to this week's championship.

The quarterfinal and semifinal matches are today with the 36-hole championship final tomorrow.


A photo identified as Sean Maekawa in yesterday's Advertiser was of another Hawai'i golfer, Chan Kim. Maekawa is pictured here.