Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Jerico San Agustin (right) poses with Master Gunter Kiffmann after winning the bronze medal in the junior sparring flyweight division at the U.S. Open Championships in Las Vegas earlier this month. MILES KIFFMANN photo

San Agustin wins bronze at U.S. Open

Jerico San Agustin of Kiffmann’s Maui Elite Taekwondo claimed a bronze medal at the U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships, held Feb. 28-March 3 in Las Vegas.

San Agustin won his first three matches in the junior sparring (15-17) male flyweight (48 kilograms) division before losing a close match to eventual champion Kenneth Victoriano of California, 37-33, in the semifinals.

San Agustin started the tournament with a 17-8 win over Jacob Du, defeated Dorian Walczak 38-27 and then beat Guillermo Rodriguez Ponce of Mexico 13-11.

The U.S. Open included over 2,400 elite black belt athletes, including Olympians, from 80 countries.


Maui Women’s Golf Championship set

The Maui Women’s Golf Championship is scheduled for April 13 at Maui Country Club in Spreckelsville.

The event, sponsored by the Josh and Souk Jerman Foundation, is an 18-hole gross play format with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. It is open to all amateur women, 18 years or older, with a GHIN handicap (April 1 index will be used).

The entry fee is $70, which includes green fees and a cart, prizes and an awards luncheon.

The deadline to enter is April 7. Entry forms can be picked up at most Maui golf courses.


Beginner youth tennis classes offered

The USTA Play to Learn youth tennis program’s six-week second spring session will start the first week of April, with classes held each Tuesday and Thursday at the Kahului Community Center courts, and each Wednesday at the Eddie Tam courts in Makawao.

Three sessions, each an hour long, are offered each day.

On Tuesdays at Kahului, all classes are youth beginner –3:30 p.m. (ages 12-14), 4:30 p.m. (6-8) and 5:30 p.m. (9-11).

Wednesday’s sessions at Eddie Tam have the same schedule as Tuesday’s.

On Thursdays at Kahului, the 4 p.m. session (12-14) is for youth advanced beginners, while the 5 p.m. (9-11) and 6 p.m. (6-8) sessions are for youth beginners.

The fee is $30, and the registration deadline is March 21. An $8 fee applies thereafter. Racquets and balls will be provided.

To register, visit For more information, call the USTA Hawaii Pacific Section at (808) 585-9530.