Fujikawa edged in playoff
Tadd Fujikawa got hot on the back nine yesterday at the eGolf Tour’s CFAC Classic, but came up short on the first playoff hole and finished second in Concord, N.C.
Drew Weaver won his first professional title when he hit his approach shot close in the playoff. The 2007 British Amateur champion had to wait it out while Fujikawa and Brazilian Fernando Fernando Mechereffe missed birdie opportunities.
"I hit a sand wedge from 112 up there to 2 feet, so I knew I had a good chance," Weaver said. "But with Tadd, you always think his putt is going to go in, and Fernando’s short game is great, so you never know."
Fujikawa, a 19-year-old Moanalua High School graduate, shot a 6-under-par 66 in the final round at Cabarrus Country Club. His three-day total was 199. He played the front nine in 34 yesterday, then birdied 10, 11, 13 and 16 and got into the clubhouse first at 17 under. Weaver and Mechereffe parred the last two holes to join him.
Fujikawa earned $9,250 for his share of second and now has three top-four finishes in his last five starts, including a victory at the Tour Championship.
The CFAC Classic is the second of four fall events on the eGolf Tour that comprise the inaugural "Race to Morocco." The top 20 members from each event earn points and the leading point earner will receive an exemption into the European Tour’s King Hassan II Trophy in Agadir, Morocco, next March.
Vulcan men win on road
The University of Hawaii-Hilo men’s soccer team edged Dominican University 2-1 yesterday in San Rafael, Calif.
Christian Soto and Robin Furuya scored to lead the Vulcans (3-3-1, 2-2-1 PacWest) to their second straight conference win over the Penguins (0-6-1, 0-3-0).
» The Hawaii-Hilo women’s soccer team fell 2-1 to Dominican in a PacWest match yesterday in San Rafael, Calif.
Lauren Minami scored on a free kick early in the second half for the Vulcans (2-5-1, 1-4-0 PacWest).