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Kaua‘i Athletic Club hosts racquetball camp

The Kaua‘i Athletic Club’s first Advanced Racquetball camp started today and will continue till this Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is also the first time the camp will be conducted in Hawai‘i.

The camp, conducted by Fran Davis and racquetball professionals, has been recognized as the top instructional camp in the country.

There is a fee for the camp, however, there will be a free clinic for athletic club members and anyone interested in the sport, this Tuesday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A question-and-answer session is scheduled for that night and there will also be an opportunity to play the pros.

“I’ve been trying to get this out here for a long time,” said KAC racquetball director Phill Eliana. “It may turn out to be an annual thing.”

For more information, call 245-5381 or visit www.frandavisracquetball.com.

Senior golf tourney

set for Wailua

The Kaua‘i seniors Golf Club hosts its second quarter golf tournament at the Wailua Golf Course on Saturday, May 19.

All Seniors aged 55 years or older are invited to participate. May handicaps will be used to determine proper placement in the three flights.

Entry forms are available at Wailua Golf Course’s registration desk.

Harrington returns from a long break to lead

Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Padraig Harrington took three weeks off, the longest break from golf in his 10 years as a pro, and worried that he wouldn’t be very sharp yesterday at the Wachovia Championship. He wasn’t satisfied with hardly anything but his score.

Harrington made two tough par putts early, then a bunch more for birdies on his way to a 6-under 66, giving him a one-shot lead over Vijay Singh and Jason Bohn on a day of ever-changing wind that kept everyone on their toes.

The scoring was decent and the leaderboard eclectic, about the only common thread was that it favored those with health issues.

During his three-week break after the Masters, Harrington had an early stage of skin cancer removed from his forehead and put his clubs down for a week, which is about as unusual as his taking a break.

Trevor Immelman lost 22 pounds from a parasite he picked up during the Masters and still isn’t at full strength, although he managed a 68.

David Berganio Jr. went for a hike in the hills near his home in California and injured his back, but he shot 69.

About the only thing that mattered was trying to get through the fast, tree-lined course without getting into too much trouble.

Jeff Maggert was in the group at 68 after finishing with two straight birdies and one par that made him particularly proud, given how the wind began to blow hard in the afternoon. On the 491-yard ninth hole, he hammered a drive down the middle and still had a 2-iron to the green to 18 feet.

Stephen Ames, who will defend his title at The Players Championship next week, challenged for the lead until dropping shots on the 15th and 18th, both courtesy of the swirling wind, and was among those at 69.

Phil Mickelson got away with some shaky shots with his short game and shot 70, while defending champion Jim Furyk and Ernie Els were among those at 71.

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