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Scheibach captures local qualifying honors

Mark Scheibach of Bermuda Dunes, Calif. shot a 1-over par 73 Thursday at the Po‘ipu Bay Resort and Golf Club in Koloa to capture local qualifying medalist honors. 

James Kawaihalau of Lihu‘e, and Eric Gibbs of Fort Smith, Ark., finished as first and second alternate with scores of 74 and 75 respectively. 

All three players are amateurs.

Conditions at Po‘ipu Bay were tough and windy. The par 72 course played 7,123 yards.

Scheibach (pronounced SHY-BACH) had nines of even par 36 and one over par 37. He had birdies at the 573-yard par five sixth hole, and the 384-yard par four 13th hole. Scheibach is a recently re-instated amateur golfer after playing professionally in the past.  

He now advances to a 36-hole sectional qualifier at the Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, Calif. on June 4. There are 12 other sectional qualifiers being held in early June.

The 2007 U. S. Open Championship will be held at Oakmont Country Club, in Oakmont, Penn., from June 14 through 17. The championship format will be four rounds of stroke play.

The U.S. Open is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA.

AYSO Region 940 begins shoe recycling program

In anticipation of the upcoming soccer season this summer, volunteers from the American Youth Soccer Organization Region 940 have implemented a recycle program.

Parents can bring outgrown soccer shoes, shin guards and soccer balls and trade them in for ones that fit. Drop boxes are available at Nukomoi Surf Company, Kaua‘i Lumber and Photo Spectrum or stop by soccer registration at the Kukui Grove Shopping Center today. A recycle center will be set up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

AYSO Region 940 registration is for Waimea, Hanapepe, Kalaheo, Koloa and Lihu‘e players. Children from 41/2 years to young adults under 19 years old can now register for the fall season.

Pre-register online at www.AYSOKauai.ORG ($5 discount for online registrants).

Price $50 per child. (Multi-family discounts and special pricing for U16/U19 may be available.)

All first-time players must bring their birth certificates to registration.

For more information, visit www. AYSOKauai.org or call 742-AYSO.

Kawaikini Canoe Club celebrates with regatta

Kawaikini Canoe Club celebrated its 22nd Annual Walter J. Smith Canoe Regatta last weekend at Wailua River.

The crowd screamed and cheered for tiny paddlers who were barely visible in their 460-pound canoes.

With little arms paddling, crew after crew of children and teens stroked through the finish line.

All eight canoe clubs on Kaua‘i were represented at this first canoe race of the 2007 regatta season.

As tight as all of the races were, the Hanalei Canoe Club emerged victorious, entering 36 out of 40 events and amassing more than 125 points.

The second place trophy went to the Kaiola Canoe Club with 94 points, followed by Niumalu Canoe Club in third with 52 points.

The next regatta will be hosted by the Niumalu Canoe Club May 19, at Kalapaki Bay.

For more information, call Dawn Wooten at 823-8878 or visit kawaikini.org.

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