Golfing girls just want to have fun

PO‘IPU — Seeing Chisato Ume-tsu, and Hamiha and Kolonohe Arquette go through warm ups at the KIF golf match was heartening for Russell Furusho.

Furusho, whose son plays for Kaua‘i High School, said , “It’s nice to see the girls coming out to play. We are going to need girls out on the field.”

Furusho said Kaua‘i will lose one golfer, Mikki Ueoka, and will have one coming in. That one is Kelly Oride who was out on the course with mom Gail chauffering, making the round ahead of the KIF contingent.

“Her pink shoes broke,” Waimea coach Deedee Morikawa said of Kolonohe Arquette who was known for her golf shoes.

“She cannot wear shoes so today she’s got those beach clogs,” Morikawa said.

Additionally, Morikawa said Umetsu is an exchange student from Japan who is spending the year at Waimea High School.

As the girls took turns driving off the par 4 No. 1, Furusho watched the first group approach No. 9 at the Kiahuna Golf Course, and was able to see the drives of the final group for the KIF.

“They just laugh and have a lot of fun,” he said. “As long as the ball goes forward, they’re happy.”

And of the backlog at No. 2, where the course took its share of victims as the vegetation enjoyed its share of golf ball meals, Furusho anticipated the girls simply digging into the pouch to pull out another ball.

All of this without losing their senses of humor.

Full results from Saturday’s match were not available at press time and details on who will take the lead in KIF golf will appear in a future issue of TGI.

Kapa‘a and Kaua‘i share two wins each entering Friday’s match.

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