Kapa‘a makes it 2 straight

PUA LOKE — Levi Miyashiro and Kyle Furusho each shot 73 Saturday, but Kaua‘i High School dropped KIF Golf to the Warriors for the second straight week, 318-309.

Miyashiro (37-36-73) and Furusho (37-36-73) posted the lowest scores for the par 72 Puakea Golf Course as individualists.

“They just didn’t show up,” Kaua‘i High School golf coach Ipo Yoshioka said. “They do well at practice. I don’t have any excuses. It’s just golf.”

Frontrunners Maikai Laureta (39-36) from Kapa‘a and Nikko Tacsiat (37-38) from Kaua‘i finished at 75 each, the Kaua‘i senior holding a two-stroke lead over Laureta following the front nine, with a 37.

“Last year, we were worrying about Waimea,” Kapa‘a coach Fred Levinthol said. “But this year, we got Maikai, and with Sean Mamaclay coming up, we knew we were in the chase with Kaua‘i.”

Mamaclay, a freshman who entered Kapa‘a coming off a strong showing in the junior golf program, was consistent in his game, rounding out the Warrior scoring foursome with an 81 (40-41).

Levi Miyashiro was the swing golfer in more ways than one. Last week, as part of the scoring foursome, his game faltered and the Raiders dropped their match for the first time in about 20 years, Levinthol said.

Miyashiro rebounded, however, to finish with the leading individualist score Saturday.

That did not help the Raiders regain their dominance on the course as following Tacsiat, Cory Oride finished at 78 (38-40) followed by Wiley Yoshioka (44-38-82) and Dane Kua, who some of the spectators noted was shooting a good game at 83 (40-43).

Their Saturday score gave Kapa‘a a nine-stroke difference, not an improvement over the week before when the Raiders dropped to the Warriors by five strokes.

Following Laureta, Kapa‘a got a strong showing from Travis Toguchi at a stroke off the pace. Breaking par at the front nine, Toguchi was able to save the back nine to finish at 76 (36-40) followed by Bronzen Winters (40-37-77) and Mamaclay.

Waimea got an 84 (44-40) from Grant Paiste followed by Noel Torres (43-43-86), Markland Soliva (44-44-88) and Aaron Medeiros (49-50-99). The Menehune finished with 357 for the boys team.

Trevor Bloom finished with 96 (47-49) for Island School and Cyrus Ogawa carded an 86 (48-38) for Kula School in individual play.

Miki Ueoka took the lead in girls’ play with a 73 (38-35), finishing the back nine one-under-par for Kaua‘i High School.

She was followed by Rae-lyn Morikawa (41-41-82).

Kapa‘a’s Gabi Saiki broke the red string with an 84 (43-41) with Kaua‘i’s Kristi Rapozo rounding out the females at 96 (46-50).

Deedee Morikawa, one of the Waimea High School coaches, noted all of their girls were enjoying spring break this week, but will be back.

Saturday’s game moves to the Princeville Golf Course where the first group tees off starting at 11 a.m.

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