Hanalei’s Andy Irons won something other than a surf contest.
The pro surfer’s headline collected the most votes in The Garden Island’s online poll for “best headline not to make the sports pages.”
The headline was “Irons quits surfing and moves back to Kaua‘i permanently to take up cattle ranching job.”
160 votes were tabulated, and when the final numbers came in, Irons’ headline garnered 39 votes for 24 percent of the votes.
“I don’t think he’d ever do that. I mean going for basically living in the water to making a living on land is amazingly unlikely,” a voter wrote in an e-mail.
Finishing up in second place was “Former Waimea football coach and current A.D. Jon Kobayashi quits and assumes role as Kaua‘i football coach,” garnering 29 votes (18 percent).
“Jordon (Dizon’s) mom, Darla Abbatiello moves to Boulder to become police chief,” took the third most votes (27, 17 percent). “Kaua‘i adopts the Kaua‘i Beach Bombers, a new NFL franchise, which will play games at Vidinha Stadium,” tallied 13 votes (8 percent).
Then it was “Eben Kaneshiro gives up mixed martial arts and runs for council, unseating his uncle Daryl,” took home 12 votes.
The other vote getters included, “Kaua‘i football coach Keli‘i Morgado runs for Mayor, citing recent success forced him to” (11 votes, 7 percent), “AYSO parents only cheer at games and hold all complaints to themselves (10 votes, 6 percent), “Colorado switches Jordon Dizon to running back because they finally figure out he’s good at it” (8 votes, 5 percent), “Swim Kaua‘i Aquatics, Mokihana Aquatics join to form Swimming: It’s Kaua‘i’s Spirit” (7 votes, 4 percent), and “Kong AM570’s ‘Anahola’ Joe gives up broadcasting and devotes all of his time to eating contests” (4 votes, 3 percent).
Irons brothers in, Powers out
Hanalei’s Andy and Bruce Irons are in round three competition of the Billabong Tahiti today. Meanwhile, Hanalei’s Roy Powers was eliminated from the competition. Kaua‘i’s Keala Kennelly is also alive in the women’s Billabong Pro contest.
Lihu‘e’s Tanner nails another ace
Using a pitching wedge from 118 yards, Lihu‘e’s John Tanner carded another hole-in-one at the Puakea Golf Course on Sunday. Tanner did it at the 16th hole this time, with Jeff Bell by his side. Tanner’s last ace at Puakea was on Jan. 28, 2005, on the fourth hole (141 yards) using a 7-iron.
Amateur Public Links deadline approaching
Art Fujita, the USGA committee respresentative for Kaua‘i, urges all golfers meeting the USGA handicap index, not exceeding 8.4, to apply before the deadline of May 24 at 11 a.m. for the 81st U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. Mail entries to United States Golf Association, U.S. Amateur Public Links, P.O. Box 223, 77 Liberty Corner Rd., Far Hills, N.J. 07931-0223. Go online to apply at www.usga.org/champs/apply. The entry fee is $50 and for more info., contact Art at 822-4158.