Kaua‘i boys back on top

Saiki leads girls

by Dennis Fujimoto – The Garden Island

PRINCEVILLE — Cory Oride finished even par to lead the KIF golfers Saturday at the Princeville Makai Oceans Course.

The young Red Raider was two-over par at the crossing, but blazed the back nine to finish at two-under par for the top score in the field.

Oride was followed by three other Kaua‘i High School golfers, Levi Miyashiro (37-40), Niko Tacsiat (38-39) and Wiley Yoshioka (38-39), who each finished at 77 to capture the team competition. Jordan Cox, first time qualifying for the team, finished at 78 (37-41) to round out the Kaua‘i team.

The combined scores of the five team golfers gave the Raider men a 381 stroke total. Kapa‘a, who captured the top slot the past two weekends, finished second with a combined stroke total of 425 led by senior Travis Toguchi who finished at 75 (38-37), three strokes off the pace.

No other Warrior golfer finished in the 70s. Toguchi was followed by Bronzen Winters (36-45-81), Maika‘i Laureta (46-40-86), Sean Mamaclay (46-43-89) and first-time qualifier Steven Boes (48-46-94).

Jet Levinthol, playing as an individualist, netted the second highest Warrior score at 79

(41-38).

With the win, Kaua‘i, who won the KIF opening round at Po‘ipu Bay, has two wins. Kapa‘a also has two wins.

Grant Paiste (40-44-84) led the Waimea boys team who finished with a stroke total of 524. Following Paiste, Jake Kuzen (47-50-97), Adam Chandler (50-48-98), Joey Allianic-Brun (56-56-112) and Ross Ozaki (63-59-122) made up the Menehune team.

Cyrus Ogawa, the sole golfer from Kula School, finished at 77 (39-38).

In the absence of the KIF’s leading girl golfer Miki Ueoka, Kapa‘a’s Gabrielle Saiki grabbed the lead with an 88 (43-45) followed by Kaua‘i’s Rae-lyn Morikawa (43-47-90). Waimea’s Leslyn Ibara (57-50-107) followed with Kristi Rapozo (56-49-105) rounding out the field.

KIF Golf moves to the Wailua Golf Course Saturday with the first group teeing off starting at 1:30 p.m.

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