Red Raiders lurk behind Punahou

The two-time defending boys state golf champion Kaua‘i squad is six strokes back after the first day of the 2006 David S. Ishii Foundation/HHSAA Boys Golf State Championships yesterday at the Turtle Bay Palmer Course on O‘ahu.

Punahou (303) and Baldwin (305) are ahead of the Red Raiders, who shot 309 as a team.

Kaimuki’s Chan Kim shot a 4-under-par 68 to lead the individual standings, followed by Moanalua’s Tadd Fujikawa (71), Kamehameha-Maui’s Kamalu Kaina (71), and Punahou’s Mason Davis (72).

KIF individual champion Chad Nonaka of Kaua‘i shot a 3-over-par 75, just seven shots behind Chan.

Nonaka carded a 36 on the front and a 39 on the back nine yesterday. Teammate Mike Garcia shot a 77 (36-41) and Kula’s Cyrus Ogawa completed the first day with a 78 (39-39).

Other KIF notables included Kaua‘i’s Cory Oride (41-37-78), Nikko Tacsiat (40-38-78), Wiley Yoshioka (42-37-79), and Kellen Watabu (42-39-81), last year’s defending individual champion.

Lihu‘e’s Thomas Kua of Kamehameha-O‘ahu shot an 83.

Kapa‘a’s Jet Levinthol carded an 88. Final round action commences today at 8 a.m. at the Turtle Bay Palmer Course.

Top 15 individuals will receive a medal.

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