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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, March 26, 2010

Wie opens with 72 in Kia Classic

Advertiser Staff and News Services

Honolulu's Michelle Wie bogeyed three of her last six holes to finish at even-par 72 yesterday at the inaugural Kia Classic at Carlsbad, Calif.

Wie, seeking her second win as pro in the LPGA Tour's first event of the year on U.S. soil, is six strokes off the lead in a 13-way tie for 24th.

Na On Min shot a bogey-free 66 to take a one-stroke lead on Na Yeon Choi.

Wie, a Punahou School alum who now attends Stanford, was 1 under on the front nine with a bogey on the par-5 No. 3 and birdies on Nos. 4 and 6, both par-4s. She went to 2 under with a birdie on the par-5 No. 11, before suffering bogeys on Nos. 13 and 14 (both par-4s) and the par-3 No. 16. Wie got back to even par with a birdie on the par-4 No. 17.

"I think I did pretty well. I feel like I hit the ball pretty good," Wie said. "I want my irons to be a little closer tomorrow. It was just hard putting here this afternoon. A couple of these putts were just going 10 different directions. I think there's a lot of improvement to be done for tomorrow, but hopefully I'll shoot a really low score."



Andrew Byron of Kailua and Katie Heinrich of Honolulu won the CrossFit Sectionals, a multi-discipline competition, at CrossFit Oahu on March 13 and 14.

Byron, 23, is a student at Hawai'i Pacific University. Heinrich, 32, is an assistant professor in public health at the University of Hawai'i.

The top three men and women in the sectionals qualified for the regionals, May 8 and 9, in Orange County, Calif. Erik Alvarez placed second in the men's sectional, followed by Adam Jamieson. In the women's competition, Mahina Lui-Kwan was second and Emilia Quezada third.

The event included tests on lifting, gymnastics, flexibility and endurance, including one-legged squats, 20-foot hands-only rope climb, heavy clean-and-jerk, and a 500-meter row.



University of Hawai'i senior Sophie Kobuch has been named Western Athletic Conference women's tennis Player of the Week for the first time this season and the third time in her career.

Kobuch, of Tournefeuille, France, went 2-0 in No. 1 singles and 2-0 in No. 1 doubles in wins over Air Force and Lewis & Clark, helping snap UH's three-match losing skid.

Kobuch defeated Christen Monreal of Air Force and Amalia Nilsson of Lewis & Clark in straight sets. She teamed with Katarina Poljakova to beat Air Force's Allie Chermel and Tahlia Smoke, and Lisa Harunaga and Whitney DeBree of Lewis & Clark.



Carmen Eggens scored in the first overtime period and Amarens Genee scored in the second, lifting fifth-ranked Hawaii to a 10-8 victory over host UC San Diego in a non-conference match.

The Rainbow Wahine (11-6) held the 20th-ranked Tritons (7-14) scoreless in the two 3-minute overtimes after UCSD scored five goals in the fourth quarter to tie the score 8-8.

Monika Eggens scored three goals, and Carmen Eggens and Genee each added two for UH.

Audra Bloom led the Tritons with three goals.



Sierrah Garcia pitched a three-hitter with 16 strikeouts as Academy of Art beat Brigham Young-Hawai'i, 3-2, yesterday to complete a sweep of a Pacific West Conference doubleheader at Brisbane, Calif.

Shampayne Clay had two hits, including a solo homer, and two RBIs for the Urban Knights (15-13-1, 5-5). Mindy Rasmusson hit a two-run homer for the Seasiders (2-24, 2-15).

In the first game, Kimberly Dauer pitched a five-hitter with nine strikeouts, and Clay and Andrea Hanchey each had three RBIs as Academy of Art won, 9-1.



University of Hawai'i freshman Samantha Balentine placed sixth in her first career heptathlon yesterday at the Cal Multi-Event Meet in Berkeley, Calif.

Balentine amassed 2,840 points in the seven-discipline event. Teammate Natalija Waldhuber placed 10th with 2,624 points.

Idaho State's Cassie Merkley won with 5,246 points.



Hawai'i Speed and Quickness will have sessions tomorrow and Sunday in Klum Gym.

Sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Each session is $10, and includes certificates redeemable at sponsors' stores, as well as instruction in plyometrics and quickness drills.

For details, go to www.hawaiispeedandquickness.com or call 808-228-7447.



The Hawai'i Pacific cheer and dance teams will be previewing their routines for the nationals Sunday at Moanalua High School gym.

Donations will be accepted at the 4 p.m. preview to help defray travel costs to the nationals in Daytona Beach, Fla., next month.

HPU's large co-ed cheer team is the seven-time defending national champion. The small co-ed team has won four national titles and the all-girl team won its first title last year. The HPU dance team has won five championships.

Sunday's preview will include performances from all the squads.