Short Hops | Aug. 20, 2013


Min beats the men

Ciera Min has been beating the girls on the Big Island for years.

On Sunday, she took down all the boys, too, becoming the first female winner in the 90-year history of the Big Island Amateur.

Min carded a 75 at Mauna Lani Resort for a one-stroke victory over Clayton Amuro in her last tournament before she leaves for Gonzaga University.

Min, a 2013 Waiakea graduate and two-time Big Island Interscholastic Federation champion, finished with a 151 to overcome a four-shot deficit at the Francis H. Ii Brown North Course. First-round leader Shon Katahira opened with a 72 on Saturday but struggled with an 82 in the final round and wound up fourth.

The top four finishers were all from Hilo. Amuro carded consecutive 76s and University of Hawaii at Hilo junior Dalen Yamauchi was another shot back at 153 after dropping into third with a 78.

In the senior division, Warren Arakaki carded back-to-back 75s and edged Richard Gillette by a stroke.

Kyle Tengan scored a comfortable six-shot victory in A flight.

Konawaena sports meeting Wednesday

Konawaena High School’s second fall sports mandatory parents risk management meeting is 6 p.m. Wednesday at the high school library.

All parents of fall sport student athletes are required to attend this meeting.

Guluzzy named head tennis pro at Holua

Don Guluzzy was recently appointed head tennis professional at Holua Tennis Center in Keauhou.

Guluzzy is available for group and private lessons and clinics up to 4.5 level (all ages).

He is available anytime except Sunday mornings, and may be reached on his cell -phone at (650) 288-8600 or at Holua at 322-6090

Kalakaua Basketball clinic in Honokaa

Coach Dennis Agena of Kalakaua Basketball and his staff will conduct a youth basketball clinic Friday to Sunday at the Honokaa County Gym.

Agena runs the Kalakaua Clinic on Oahu and has developed several standout players over the years, including Derrick Low.

Children ages 6-18 may participate. Sponsored by the Hamakua Athletic Association, the clinic will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Times may vary.

Players need to bring a basketball, basketball shoes, water and proper playing attire. The registration fee is $60. Registration and waiver forms are available at Parks and Recreation offices, Ted’s Garage in Honokaa and Sports Line in Hilo.

For more information, call Kevin Yamasaki at 960-3545 or Desha Pahio at 960-5032.

Macadamia Nut tournament Sunday in Hamakua

The Macadamia Nut Tournament, which features latex-coated macadamia nuts instead of traditional golf balls, will take place Sunday at Hamakua Country Club. Registration for the event will begin at 8:30 a.m., and an entry fee of $40 includes lunch and prizes. Organizers will use a Callaway scoring system. For more information, call Roland Kaneshiro at 987-7712 or Jim Love at 775-1075.

Youth 3-on-3 hoops league in Kona

The department of Parks and Recreation Kona district will hold a 3-on-3 basketball league for 5- to 8-year-olds. League play is scheduled from Sept. 9 to 30.

Register by Aug. 28 at the Kekuaokalani Gymnasium at the Old Kona Airport Park.

The league is also looking for volunteer coaches.

Call Diego Padillio or Wesley Sermons at 327-3553 for more information.

Kupuna softball league begins Sept. 8

The Kupuna fall slow pitch softball league will begin Sept. 8. Games will be played every Sunday morning through Nov. 17.

One nine-inning game is played, and the league is open to all men and women 50 and older.

Call Martin Hauser at 443-9724 for more information.

Free archery classes begin Sept. 4

The Department of Parks and Recreation in Kailua-Kona will offer free beginner/intermediate archery classes for children ages 9-14 in September.

The Wednesday classes, which start Sept. 4, will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. at Hale Halawai.

Registration will continue through Sept. 3.

Parks and Recreation will provide equipment for the class. Participants may use their own equipment, but the equipment must receive approval from recreation director Marshall Tohara.

The activity is free, but organizers are asking for donations of large balloon packages. Instructors will use balloons as targets.

Early registration is recommended, and the registration deadline is Friday.

For more information or to register, call Marshall Tohara at 327-3565.

Ko Olina golf director is Gail’s guest

Greg Nichols, general manager and director of golf at Ko Olina Golf Club on Oahu is a guest on the Emily T. Gail Show at espnhawaii.com under LINEUP.

Nichols talks about the 2013 Aloha Section PGA Hawaii Golf Industry Conference at the Royal Hawaiian Golf Club on Sept. 17. The conference is open to all who are either directly or indirectly impacted by the golf industry. Registration is available at aspga.com.

Speakers at the Golf Industry Conference include:

c Donna Orender — named as one of Newsweek’s most influential women in sports,

c Suzy Whaley — one of Golf Digest’s best teachers in America.

c Gary McCord, Champions Tour professional and color commentator for CBS Sports and Golf Channel,

c Dave Marr III from the Golf Channel and

c Larry Gilhuly from the USGA Green Service.

Orender and Whaley will also be featured speakers at Ko Olina Sept. 20 for a “Women On Course” event.

Gail has an update on Bike Works Kona’s Annual tent sale Saturday at Bike Works.

Visit bikeworkskona.com for information.

Contact Gail at 896-6780 or emilytgail@emilys.org for information on the Emily T Gail Show also available as free podcast on iTunes.

Weekly golf tournament results

Keauhou Kona Men’s Golf Club

Saturday’s results

c Low net winners: 1. Tom Lullo 67; 2. (tie) Brian Hansen and Joe Goldscharek 71

c Closest to the pin: Art Misaki (5, 16), Hansen (7), Curtis Boyd (13)

c Low gross: Misaki 78.

Na Wahine O Waikoloa

Thursday’s results

c 1. Noriko Kato 37, 2. (tie) Judy Frazier and Sally Evans 31, 3. (tie) Margaret Dewers, Carole Abarcar and Kasie Wessels 30

c Chip-in: Carole Abarcar (9)

c Closest to the pin: Trish Kimball (3), Noriko Kato(6), Dewers (12), Mary Desisto (16)

c Game of the day: Train wreck, full handicap

M&M Golf Club

Tuesday’s results

c A flight: 1. Randi Wilson 35, 2. Vangie Isenhour 38,

3. (tie) Mary Desisto and Wanda Goldscharek 41

c B flight: 1. Mitsuyo Oshima 36, 2. Judy Pettersen 37.5, 3. (tie) Barbara Crutcher and Kasie Wessels 40.5

Chip-ins: Wilson (2), Desisto (6), Pettersen (14)

c Low putts: Wilson 28

c Note: Members played ones less half-handicap”

Big Island Country Club members tournament

Saturday’s results

c 1. Rick Robinson, Eric Curtis, Barb Millslagle and Swend Willadsen -21.

c Low net: Rob Kebo 68

c Closest to the hole: Barb Poston (5), Kebo (8), Millslagle (13), Robinson (17)

c Note: Format was four-person team, one low net on par 3s, two low nets on par 5s and three low nets on par 4s

Wednesday’s results

c 1. Millslagle and Poston -8. 2. Kebo and Al Droscoski -6

c Low net: Millslagle 64

c Closest to the hole: Kebo (13), Millslagle (17)

c Note: Format was two-person team best ball — 80 percent handicap