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
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.