New course record, hole-in-one pace Kiahuna Junior Classic

PO‘IPU — A new course record and a hole-in-one highlighted the 2006 Kiahuna Junior Classic that wrapped up Sunday.

Sean Mackawa of Pa‘auilo, Big Island, set a new course record of 67 from the Gold Tees, 6,776 yards, while Zachary Takano-Braunthal, 12, of Honolulu, carded the ace on Hole No. 12.

With the hole-in-one, Takano-Braunthal went on to top the 11-12 Boys competition by two strokes.

Following a three-way tie Saturday between Takano-Braunthal, Aaron Kunitomo of Lahaina and Justin Chu of Honolulu, Takano-Braunthal broke through for a two-stroke lead Sunday ahead of Kunitomo to finish 70-67-137.

Justin Uegawa (82-71-153) of Kapa‘a finished fifth with Darren Valencia (82-81-163) and Reyn Morioka (84-83-167) filling in eighth and ninth places in the division, respectively.

Miki Ueoka of Lihu‘e lost second place on scorecard matching to Kelcie Kawano of Kahului after both golfers finished with identical scores following two days of play at the Kiahuna Golf Club. Both golfers ended at 76-78-154, below Elyse Okada of Kahului, who took the 15-18 Girls on a 71-75-146.

Similarly, T.J. Kua of Lihu‘e dropped third place in the 15-18 Boys to Taeksoo Kim of Wailuku after both golfers turned in identical scorecards following two days of play. Each golfer carded 73-71-144.

Kelli Oride of Lihu‘e topped the first day of the Classic, but lost five strokes to eventual winner Anna Jang of Aiea during Sunday play.

Oride improved on her first-day 78 by two strokes in the effort. Jang finished 82-71-153 followed by Oride at 78-76-154. Kyung Kim (80-75-155) of Wailuku took third in the 13-14 Girls.

Taylor Viquelia (80-78-158) of Lihu‘e finished second in the 11-12 Girls, La‘akea Warren (84-80-164) of ‘Ele‘ele was fourth in the 10 & Under Boys and Wiley Yoshioka (78-76-154) of Lihu‘e paced the Kaua‘i golfers in the 13-14 Boys.

Cory Oride (83-75-158) of Lihu‘e and Levi Miyashiro (78-81-159) of Kapa‘a finished that division seventh and ninth, respectively.

All age group winners will be invited to participate in the 2006 Hawai‘i State Junior Golf Association Tournament of Champions to be held at Wailea on Dec. 2 and 3.

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