Kaua‘i’s Ueoka takes home a bronze medal

Kaua‘i junior Miki Ueoka couldn’t get closer to eventual state champion Stephanie Kono (Punahou), but her 1-under-par 71 final round, which was the top score of the day, putted her a bronze medal (3rd place) at the 2006 David S. Ishii Foundation/HHSAA State Girls Golf Championships, yesterday at the Turtle Bay Fazio Course.

Ueoka shot a 37 on the front and blistered the back nine for a 34. Kono, who opened with a record breaking 64 on Tuesday, managed to shoot a 72 (136 total), which was still good enough to shatter the HHSAA girls golf two round record, which was previously held by Kira-Ann Murashige (140) of Hilo in 2003.

Kono was followed by Moanalua’s Kristina Merkle (143), Ueoka (147), Leilehua’s Britney Choy (150), and Maui’s Elyse Okada (151).

The Moanalua girls took the state title with a 451 stroke total, edging Punahou by two strokes.

KIF champion Kaua‘i ended up in seventh place with a team total of 513.

Other KIF golfers included Kaua‘i’s Rae-Lyn Morikawa (162), Kapa‘a’s Malia Saiki (165), Waimea’s Leslyn Ibara (209), Kaua‘i’s Angel Miyake (214), Kaua‘i’s Kristi Rapozo (215), and Kapa‘a’s Cheyene Barretto (232).

Up next is the boys state championships, which will be held at the Turtle Bay Palmer Course on May 16-17. The Red Raider boys are the defending state champions.

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

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