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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Hawai'i surfers advance

Advertiser Staff

Hawai'i surfers Bruce Irons and Pancho Sullivan advanced to the fourth round of the Billabong Pro Mundaka yesterday.

Half of the third round was completed in 3- to 4-foot waves at Mundaka, Spain. The second half of the round was postponed.

Irons received a near-perfect score of 9.17 (out of 10) in his third-round victory over Australian Luke Stedman.

Sullivan upset Tim Reyes of California, 15.1-13.34. Reyes was ranked No. 9 prior to yesterday, and Sullivan was No. 25.

Andy Irons, who is ranked No. 3, has yet to complete his third-round heat. No. 1-ranked Kelly Slater's heat was also postponed yesterday.



Hawai'i surfers Megan Abubo, Rochelle Ballard and Keala Kennelly were eliminated from the Havaianas Beachley Classic yesterday at Manly Beach, Australia.

Abubo had the best score of the third round with a two-wave total of 16.5. However, she was later eliminated in the quarterfinals by defending world champion Chelsea Georgeson of Australia, 15.25-9.5.

Ballard and Kennelly were eliminated in the second round.



Moanalua sophomore Tadd Fujikawa and Sacred Hearts Academy junior Ayaka Kaneko both finished in the top 10 yesterday at the inaugural PING Invitational in Stillwater, Okla.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 54-hole stroke play event was held at Karsten Creek Golf Club. The 84-player field featured golfers from 21 states, Sweden and Australia, with 50 boys and 34 girls invited based on junior ranking.

Fujikawa, who became the youngest to qualify for the U.S. Open earlier this year, shared seventh. He closed with an even-par 72 and his 217 total was seven behind champion Andrew Yun, of Washington.

Arizona's Esther Choe, who has verbally committed to Arizona in the fall of 2007, won the girls title with 68210. Kaneko shot 74224 to tie for 10th.

Former Hilo resident Kimberly Kim, who now lives in Arizona, missed out on a top-10 finish when she played the final three holes in 4-over. She took 16th at 75226. Punahou junior Stephanie Kono shot a final-round 73 for a 230 total and a share of 18th.


The University of Hawai'i men's golf team shot a two-round total of 3-under 565 yesterday to stand in fourth in the 15-team District 7 Shootout at Las Vegas.

San Diego State leads with 18-under 550. Hawai'i-Hilo is 15th at 34-over 602.

Boise State's Troy Merritt shot a second-round 9-under 62 to lead the field at 11-under 131. UH's Cody Wolfenbarger (71-69140) is tied for 16th.

Elsewhere, the Hilo women shot a 132-over 1,008 total and were in sixth place in the nine-team Western Washington Invite at Bellingham, Wash.

Hilo's Kristen Higa (79-79-78236) was in fifth, 20 shots off the lead.



Marti Teunissen scored on a header in the second overtime as Cal State-Stanislaus beat Brigham Young-Hawai'i, 2-1, yesterday in a women's non-conference match at Turlock, Calif.

Melissa Phillips also scored for the Warriors (7-7-1). Jill Haar scored for the Seasiders (7-3).


Cal State East Bay beat Hawai'i-Hilo, 3-2, yesterday in a women's non-conference match at Hayward, Calif.

Amanda Tweedy, Amber Stitt and Shannon Pile scored for CS-East Bay (8-3-1). Kehau Hagiwara and Kelly White scored for the Vulcans (4-5-1).



Barbara Martin had 20 kills and 14 digs as Hawai'i Pacific defeated Notre Dame de Namur, 31-29, 30-21, 30-23, yesterday in a Pacific West Conference women's volleyball match at Belmont, Calif.

Malia Pires added 10 kills for the Sea Warriors (4-13 overall, 2-7 PacWest).

Marissa Miller had nine kills and 17 digs for the Argos (7-17, 0-9).



After two of the biggest wins of his career, Honolulu's Chris Lam fell in the qualifying finals of the $75,000 Swanston Challenger yesterday, losing to Australia's Nick Lindahl, 6-4, 6-1, in Sacramento, Calif.

Lam broke Lindahl's serve in the first game of the second set, but strained his back soon after and didn't win another game.

Lam, ranked 876th in the world, upset American Tyler Cleveland, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, in his first qualifying match. Cleveland was ranked 364th. In the second round, Lam overcame American John Paul Fruttero, ranked 331st, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.