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Posted on: Thursday, May 27, 2010

Fujikawa shoots 67; tied for 19th in eGolf


Advertiser Staff and News Services

Reigning Hawai'i State Open and former Hawai'i Pearl Open champ Jesse Mueller fired a course-record 11-under-par 61 in the opening round of the eGolf tour's Grand Harbor Open yesterday at the Golf Club at Star Fort in Ninety Six, S.C. He leads by four shots.

Moanalua alum Tadd Fujikawa shot 4-under 67 on the Patriot Golf Club course and is tied for 19th.

Mueller's round included the first hole-in-one of his career and a bogey. He also had 10 birdies and six pars.

The Arizona pro won the Hawai'i State Open by 10 shots and Pearl Open last year. He was seventh at Pearl this year. This is his first eGolf event.

Fujikawa, 19, had five birdies and a bogey. He is making his sixth eGolf start and is 26th on the money list with about $14,906.

Fujikawa finished in the top 40 his first four events, before withdrawing with an injury last month. He qualified for the Nationwide Tour last week, but missed the cut.

SOFTBALL

THREE FINALISTS FOR COLLEGE'S TOP PLAYER

Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie is among three finalists chosen for college softball's national player of the year award as she tries to claim the honor for the second straight time.

The Amateur Softball Association of America and USA Softball announced yesterday that Lawrie, UCLA's Megan Langenfeld or Georgia Tech infielder Jen Yee will be named the winner Tuesday at the opening ceremonies for the Women's College World Series.

Lawrie is 38-1 with a 0.94 ERA and 446 strikeouts this season as she tries to join former Texas ace Cat Osterman as the only repeat winners of the award.

Yee leads the nation with a .568 batting average and is tied for the NCAA lead with Hawai'i's Kelly Majam with 29 home runs.

Langenfeld is hitting .500 with 16 home runs while also going 10-1 with a 1.29 ERA.

TRACK AND FIELD

SEMENYA CAN'T RUN AS MEET CANCELED

Caster Semenya's return to racing has been put on hold after an international track meet in Spain was canceled because of a budget shortfall.

Semenya, the South African runner who is awaiting the results of a gender verification test, was expected to race June 24 in Zaragoza. It would have been her first competition since winning the women's 800-meter world title in Berlin last August.

The 19-year-old Semenya was in Ivory Coast yesterday and said she was not aware the Zaragoza meet had been called off and had no immediate plans for her return. She is in the west African country to receive an award from the Sports Action group, which promotes athletics for young people.