Ching winds up 2nd in NCAA golf
Hawai'i's Alex Ching finished second yesterday at the NCAA Men's Golf Championship in Ooltewah, Tenn.
Ching, a sophomore at the University of San Diego, went into the final round with the lead for the second year in a row, but was passed by Scott Langley of Illinois.
Langley shot a second straight 4-under-par 68 to finish the 54-hole medal play competition at 10-under 206. Ching shot a 73 at The Honors Course and shared second at 208.
The 2008 state high school champion for Punahou surged into first Wednesday when he broke Tiger Woods' course record, shooting a 66. Woods shot 67 in the second round of the 1996 NCAA Championship.
Ching finished 13th in this tournament as a freshman, shooting a final-round 76.
The Toreros shot 292 yesterday and finished in a three-way tie for eighth at 868. They will play off with Stanford and Arizona State this morning, with the winner advancing to the match-play format that decides the team title.
TADD MISSES CUT
Hawai'i's Tadd Fujikawa missed his first cut on the eGolf Professional Tour yesterday, despite shooting a 4-under 67 in the second round of the HGM Hotels Classic at Rock Barn, in Conover, N.C.
Fujikawa's two-day total of 3-under 140 was one off the cutline. The leaders are Tommy Gibson (64) and Chris Thompson (62) at 130.
Fujikawa had five top-40 finishes in his first six starts and withdrew with an injury in the other.
PRIMO'S THE ONE
Team Primo of Hawai'i won silver medals in two separate races at the International Va'a Federation World Sprints paddling races last month.
The five-day event concluded May 29 at New Caledonia.
Team Primo, a mix of elite paddlers from around the state, placed second to Tahiti in the 500-meter and 1500-meter open men's races. Members of Team Primo were Kai Bartlett, Mael Carey, Tyson Kubo, Peter Konohia, Alfred Van Gieson and Kekoa Cramer.
A female crew from Hawai'i called Team Hawai'i won a silver medal in the 1500-meter open women's race, and a bronze in the 500-meter open women's race. Members of Team Hawai'i were Frances Lichowski, Kristin Foster, Alana Goo, Kahea Zietz, Rachel Bruntsch and Lauren Bartlett.
Among other teams from Hawai'i, Island Masters won two bronze medals in the women's 55-older races; Na Molokama won a silver and a bronze in the men's 60-older races; Kihei won a bronze in the men's 60-older races.
The only Hawai'i paddler to win an individual medal was Kawika Goodale of Kaua'i. He won a silver medal in the men's 60-older 500-meter race.
More than 2,000 paddlers representing 15 nations/regions participated in the event. Hawai'i won a total of 12 medals, but no golds.
Tahiti won 62 total medals, including 28 golds.
Former University of Hawai'i basketball standout Roderick Flemings was invited to a pre-draft workout with the Milwaukee Bucks yesterday.
Flemings, a 6-foot-7 forward, was one of six players attending the workout at the training center in Milwaukee.
"I feel like it went well," Flemings said. "You have to be in shape to compete with these guys. I feel like I've been in good shape, working out in Vegas. I feel good about it."
The NBA Draft is scheduled for June 24. Flemings is considered a long shot to be among the players drafted in the two rounds, but workouts could help him score a free-agent deal.
STATE EVENT TODAY
The Hawai'i State Open Boxing Championship will be held today to Sunday at the Evolution Training Center in the Waipi'o Industrial Court room No. 110.
Boxers from O'ahu, Maui, Kaua'i and the Big Island will compete with the winners advancing to the USA National Boxing Championships at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., July 10 to 18.
Top four boxers earn a berth on the USA National Team, and the top two will go on the USA Boxing team for 12 months.
Today's bouts will start at 7:30 p.m. with tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. and the Sunday finals at 1 p.m.
Admission will be $12 today and tomorrow, and $15 for finals Sunday.