Ueoka 12 shots back after first day

Kaua‘i junior Miki Ueoka sits 12 shots back of leader Stephanie Kono of Punahou at the David S. Ishii Foundation/HHSAA State Girls Golf Championships, yesterday at the Turtle Bay Fazio Course on O‘ahu.

Ueoka carded a 36 on the front nine and 40 on the back, but it was a record breaking day for Kono, who broke the Fazio women’s course record with a 64, a 34 on the front and a 30 on the back. The record was held by Kimberly Kim, a former Waiakea High School golfer, who shot a 65 in June of ‘05.

The Punahou sophomore also shattered the HHSAA single round record of 68, which was previously held by Aiea’s Merynn Ito in 2000.

All eyes will be on Kono to break the HHSAA state tournament two-round record of 143. Kaua‘i’s Rachel Kyono and Ito both hold the record with a total score of 143.

Kaua‘i’s Rae-Lyn Morikawa shot a 78 (36-42) and Kapa‘a’s Malia Saiki carded an 83 (42-41).

Waimea’s Leslyn Ibara (53-54-107), Kaua‘i’s Kristi Rapozo (50-58-108), Kapa‘a’s Cheyene Barretto (61-56-117), and Kaua‘i’s Angel Miyake (59-59-118) rounded out the KIF qualifiers.

Punahou (224) leads the team rankings by one stroke over Moanalua (225). Kaua‘i, the 2006 KIF champions is in seventh place (262) after the first day of competition.

The second and final round commences today at 7:30 a.m.

• Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or kauaisports@kauaipubco.com.

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