Local golfers battle for U.S. Open spot tomorrow

Kaua‘i’s top amateur golfers will be battling in the U.S. Open local qualifier tomorrow at the Po‘ipu Bay Golf Course, starting at 7 a.m.

“It should go on unless there’s thunder and lightning, but the weather forecast seems to be in our favor,” event organizer Sam Pratt said.

Last year, Lihu‘e’s Jonathan Ota (71) won the event, which was also held at the Po‘ipu Bay G.C.

Princeville’s Mike Castillo (73) also received a chance to play in the sectional on Maui.

Wailua’s Kellen Watabu (74), Kalaheo’s Cory French (75), Princeville’s Sean Ogawa (75), and Wailua’s Casey Watabu (75) rounded out the top six golfers at the local event.

University of Hawai‘i golfer Pierre-Henri Soero shot a two day total of 147 for the lone Hawai‘i berth to the U.S. Open.

Ota finished up with a 155 and Castillo carded a 166.

The number of qualifiers’ places in each location is determined by the United States Golf Association based on size and playing.

This year, the sectional qualifier will be held at the Po‘ipu Bay Golf Course on June 5.

Pratt said Kaua‘i’s best golfers have a great shot to advance directly inside the ropes at Winged Foot on June 15-18 in New York for the U.S. Open Championship.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Women’s Open Hawai‘i qualifier happens today at the Ko Olina Resort on O‘ahu. The sectional qualifier will also take place at the Ko Olina Resort (June 13).

The U.S. Women’s Open Championship is scheduled for June 29-July 2 at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island.

Northshore Pop Warner looking for coaches

The NSPW Association is looking for coaches, players, and cheerleaders in all divisions (midgets, pee wees and jr. pee wees) for the 2006 season.

Registration will be held today at the Kilauea Gym from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Ongoing registration will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Kilauea Gym for the months of May and June.

To be a participant you need to be between the ages of 8 to 15 years old, have a physical done, and live between north of Kumu Kumu Stream to Ha‘ena.

If any participants live in the Anahola area or beyond Kilauea, call John at 828-0129 to have a registration form sent.

Youth hoops finals

this Saturday

The finals of the ZZ Youth Basketball Program’s boys 14-and-under contests take place on Saturday at Kaua‘i High School’s gym at 6:30 p.m. The semifinals are set for Friday at 5 p.m. at Kapa‘a High School’s gym. The public is invited to watch the contests free of charge. Results from May 11 and May 13 games can be found in the scoreboard on page B2.

Nawiliwili Yacht Club offers enrichment series

The Nawiliwili Yacht Club’s bi-monthly “NYC Enrichment Series” will continue on Wednesday, May 24 at the clubhouse in the small boat harbor.

The general public is invited to attend. For info., call Dick at 822-5092.

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