Honda, Shimono win doubles at tourney

POIPU — Close competition in the A division of both the mens and women’s doubles offered excitement to fans as the Poipu Kai Charity Tennis New Years Doubles wrapped up at the Poipu Kai tennis courts.

The team of Darron White and Herb Noe, playing on the Mens Division A courts, came up short against the duo of Kimo Honda and Harold Shimono in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8).

Earlier in the day, White and Noe prevailed over Brad Klontz and Efren Ruiz in three (4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8) in a highly contested quarterfinals while the Honda and Shimono pair sailed to the finals with 6-1, 6-3 scores over Bernie Duarte and Jef Aceret.

A similar, tight match blanketed the Women’s A Division court as the mother-daughter duo of Joy and Sarah Kukino took the title in three sets over Michaela Fitzgerald, a student at Island School, and Taylor Lau, one of the top-ranked students from Oahu, 6-0, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8).

Jayne Deckwitz partnered with Ginger Allen to claim the Women’s B Division with a 6-4, 7-5 edge over Beverly Coursey and Kim Werner.

Mia Fitzgerald, partnering with Waimea High School student Kari Correa, reigned over Carolyn Lum and Heidi Read in the Womens C Division play.

On the men’s courts, David Lee and Sean Francisco prevailed over Scott Nakamatsu and Geno Fordiani, 7-5, 6-4 in Mens B Division play, and the pair of Brad Cheatum and Peter Ricciardi were 6-3, 6-3 winners over Stan Sucher and Steve Hulst in Mens C Division play.

The tournament, which saw a record number of players participating over two days, benefited the Kauai United Way.

The next major tournament for the Poipu Kai Charity Tennis is scheduled for July 18-19 when the Koloa Plantation Days Mens and Women’s Doubles unfolds at the Poipu Kai tennis courts.


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