Defending Manoa Cup champ Ota wins opener
Defending Manoa Cup champion Jonathan Ota won his first-round match yesterday, 5 and 4, over James Kawaihalau.
The state match-play championship continues with second-round matches today at Oahu Country Club. The final, scheduled for 36 holes, starts at 7 a.m. Saturday.
In other first-round matches, 13-year-old Lorens Chan won, 7 and 6, and 2005 state high school champion Kellen Watabu ousted 2006 finalist Gary Kong, 3 and 2.
Former champions Ryan Perez, Brandan Kop, Travis Toyama and Kellen-Floyd Asao won. Toyama plays second-seeded Edward Stenftenagel today.
Honolulu's Chris Lam won the Qualifying Draw at the $15,000 Recoating West Futures event Monday in Loomis, Calif.
Lam's 6-4, 6-2 victory over Joseph Atas moves him into a first-round main-draw match today against South Africa's Kevin Anderson.
Lam will also play doubles today with partner Rylan Rizza. They will take on Victor Estrella and Alberto Francis — Lam's teammate on UCLA's 2005 NCAA Championship team.
This is the first of two USTA Futures events Lam will play in the Sacramento area.
Lam moved up four spots in the latest world rankings. He is now No. 642 in singles, one away from his career best.
Lam is a career-high 609 in doubles. Among American players, Lam has career-best marks in singles (52) and doubles (61).