Hawai'i golfers aim at cut
Big Island sisters Christine and Kimberly Kim, and Hono-lulu's Stephanie Kono each shot 1-over 73 yesterday and were tied for 20th after the first round of qualifying at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship in Pueblo, Colo.
Hannah Jun of San Diego shot a 6-under 66 to lead the 144-player field at the 6,263-yard, par-72 Walking Stick Golf Course. Jun, a member of the UCLA women's golf team, had seven birdies and an eagle on a day in which temperatures reached 102 degrees.
Mina Harigae, of Monterey, Calif., shot a bogey-free 67, and Allison Goodman, of San Diego, shot a career-best 68, which included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole, to complete the top three.
Other golfers from Hawai'i in the field are: Amanda Wilson and Mari Chun, who are tied for 49th at 75; Jaclyn Hilea (77, tie for 74th); Cyd Okino (78, tie for 85th); Kelly Nakashima (79, tie for 98th); and Lori Planos (82, tie for 120th).
Following today's second round of qualifying, the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers for match play, which begins tomorrow. The 36-hole final is set for Sunday.
MAEKAWA, KUA EARN USGA JUNIOR BERTHS
Sean Maekawa, a senior-to-be at Honoka'a High School, shot a 1-under-par 71 yesterday to clinch medalist honors at the USGA Junior Boys Championship qualifier.
Maekawa shot a two-day total of 4-over 148 at the Turtle Bay Resort's Palmer Course.
TJ Kua, who will be a senior at Kamehameha Schools in the fall, shot 74—152 to earn the second spot.
Alex Ching (74—153) will be the first alternate and Alex Nakao (77—154) the second alternate.
The USGA Junior Championship will be held July 16 to 22 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club in California.