Shimozaki leads PGA Junior Series

MAKENA, Maui-Joan Shimozaki of Kihei, Maui, a past champion, shot a 1-under-par

71 to lead Event No. 10 of the PGA Junior Series held at the Makena

Resort-South Course in Makena.

Last year Shimozaki won the Girls’ 15-17

age-division of Event No. 7 at Hapuna Golf Course on the Big Island, and the

17-year-old is well on her way to defending her title, holding a 6-stroke lead

over Jenna Seki of Honolulu.

Grant Yasui of Waipahu fired a 72 to lead the

Boys’ 15-17 age-division by two strokes over Phillip Mesh of Arlington, Texas,

and Matt Collum of Australia.

Tied for fourth place is Kaua`i’s Juston

Thomas, Brandon Phillips of Kihei, Josh Brown of Tucson, Arizona, and Kellan

Anderson of Wahiawa.

Erick Wong of Lihu`e is tied at 39th with Chad Klein

of Pocatelli, Idaho with scores of 86. Landon Peeren of Lihu`e finished at


Bronson Kalilikane of Ewa Beach and Travis Toyama of Kaneohe share the

lead in the Boys’ 13-14 age-division after matching rounds of 75.


Caycayon of Lihu`e, is tied for eighth place with Andrew Llarenas with scores

of 82. Stephen Peeren of Lihu`e shares a 3-way tie at 15th with A.J. Basuel of

Kapa`a, and Chad Higuchi of Hilo, all three shooting 85.

In the Girls’

13-14 age-division, Lindsay Hong of Honolulu shot a 77 to lead by one stroke

over Lisa Kajihara of Makawao. Kiilani Matsuyoshi of Kapa`a is in fifth place

with an 85, and Jennie Pleas of Lihu`e shot a 92 for twelfth place.

In all,

15 states, four countries, and two U.S. territories are represented in the

110-player field. Using local knowledge to their advantage, juniors from

Hawai`i lead all age-divisions, as many of their counterparts from the mainland

became distracted by the gorgeous ocean views.

Points are awarded to the

boys and girls who finish in the top-20 in the 15-17 age-division. The top two

point leaders in both boys and girls divisions earn berths in the PGA Junior

Championships, August 23-26 at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens,


The PGA Junior Series provides junior golfers with national

exposure, as well as affordable playing opportunities in professionally

supervised events organized by The PGA of America. The Junior Series is

conducted by The PGA with additional support coming from PGA Professionals from

local PGA Sections.


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