Kaua’i golfers steal the show at Kiahuna Jr. Classic

Lihu’e’s Miki Ueoka (15-18 girls) and TJ Kua (15-18 boys), along with Waimea’s Taylor Viquelia (10-and-under girls), finished with the top scores for the 2005 Kiahuna Jr. Classic, held at the Kiahuna Golf Course from November 19-20.

The weather was perfect for the 36-hole stroke play event. All age group winners will be invited to participate in the 2005 HSJGA Tournament of Champions at Wailea on December 10-11.

“The new owners (M/M Robert Weist, M/M James Miller, M/M Bob Gulde, and M/M Tom Batey) of Kiahuna Golf Course are very committed to the youth program on Kaua’i and would like to see the Kiahuna Jr. Classic as an annual event. They see this as an opportunity to help the community and will work with Mary Bea Porter-King in bringing this event back to their golf course,” Kiahuna general manager Ray Kachel said.

During the awards ceremony, the juniors were treated with the presence of Robert Trent Jones Jr., the owner of Kiahuna Golf Club, as well as the general manager. Bob Weist expressed that they love having junior golfers on their golf course and they look forward to having all the juniors back for this event next year.

The HSJGA would especially like to thank the owners and Ron Castillo Jr. for their generosity and hospitality during the tournament. A big mahalo should also go out to the golf professionals who came out to support the event.

Other Kaua’i standouts included Ele’ele’s La’akea Warren (3rd, 10-and-under boys), Lihu’e’s Rae-Lyn Morikawa (2nd, 13-14 girls), Kapa’a’s Kanoelani Sakihama (2nd, 15-18 girls), Lihu’e’s Mike Garcia (2nd, 15-18 boys), and Kapa’a’s Cyrus Ogawa (3rd, 15-18 boys).

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