Fink, Merkle win championship, HSJGA announces state teams

Kailua’s David Fink and Honolulu’s Kristina Merkle won the King Auto Group/Hawaii State Junior Golf Association State Championship yesterday at the Club at Hokulia in Kona, and the HSJGA announced its state teams.

Fink shot a two-day total 5-under 139, two shots ahead of Lorens Chan (141) of Honolulu. Merkle, the reigning high school girls state champion, broke even 144 to beat Elyse Okada by five strokes.

Kaua‘i’s highest place finish went to Levi Miyashiro who finished at 2-over 146.

The winner of each of the four divisions were later invited to play in the HSJGA’s Tournament of Champions event — Fink, Merkle, Alina Ching and Alex Chiarella.

The championship also served as the Big “I” Hawaii Qualifier with the scores of yesterday’s round serving as the determining factor for who receives the two spots granted for the Big “I.” The honor went to Fink and Merkle. The two will compete in the Trusted Choice Big “I” Junior Classic hosted by the Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst, N.C.

Also yesterday, the HSJGA announced the names of those who earned a place on one of five different teams to represent the HSJGA and Hawai‘i at the Boy’s America’s Cup, the Girl’s America’s Cup, the Eddie Hogan Cup (boys) and two teams consisting of two players each for the Mary Cave Cup (girls).

The reigning Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation champion Kelli Oride will make a repeat appearance on the Mary Cave team. Joining her will be Honolulu’s Alice Kim.

Merkle was selected to the Girl’s America’s Cup with Ching, Cassy Isagawa and Marissa Chow.


King Auto Group Hawai‘i State Junior

15/18 Boys

1. David Fink, 70-69-139 -5*

2. Lorens Chan, 71-70-141 -3

3. Justin Keiley, 75-70-145 +1

4. Levi Miyashiro, 74-72-146 +2

5. Taeksoo Kim, 75-72-147 +3

5. Brett Komoto, 77-70-147 +3

7. Alika Bell, 76-73-149 +5

8. Corey Kozuma, 76-77-153 +9

8. Jonathan Keiley, 80-73-153 +9

10. Nainoa Calip, 78-76-154 +10

11. Alex Chu, 82-74-156 +12

11. David Saka, 76-80-156 +12

13. Bou-An Fujieki, 83-74-157 +13

14. Henry Park, 82-78-160 +16

14. Christian Agosto, 78-82-160 +16

14. Grant Natori, 80-80-160 +16

17. Thomas Yamashita, 87-74-161 +17

17. Andrew Kunitomo, 81-80-161 +17

19. Inoka Kahawaii, 86-76-162 +18

19. Thayer Schmitz, 83-79-162 +18

19. Brian Lee, 80-82-162 +18

22. Evan Nagano, 0-91-91 +19

23. Raymond Fortucci, 82-82-164 +20

23. Nicholas Matsushima, 83-81-164 +20

23. Joshua Hemans, 87-77-164 +20

26. Kevin McBride, 90-82-172 +28

26. Michael Fan, 82-90-172 +28

28. Mitchell Kwee, 87-86-173 +29

29. Andrea Topping 96-79-175 +31

30. Cody Machida, 96-81-177 +33

30. Sean Mamaclay, Boys 15-18, 87-90-177 +33

30. Aaron Tom, 89-88-177 +33

33. Cole Yamane, 5-86-181 +37

33. Nicholas Cristobal, 103-78-181 +37

35. Keith Wong, 92-90-182 +38

36. David Maedonochi, 97-86-183 +39

15/18 Girls

1. Kristina Merkle, 73-71-144 E

2. Elyse Okada, 76-73-149 +5

3. Cyd Okino, 78-78-156 +12

4. Kelcie Ann Kawano, 76-81-157 +13

5. Alice Kim, 77-82-159 +15

6. Tamara Surtees, 88-78-166 +22

7. Michelle Condry, 88-84-172 +28

8. Liana Otake, 98-92-190 +46

8. Marissa Suehiro, 90-100-190 +46

10. Ku’uipo James, 105-111-216 +72

13/14 Boys

1. Alex Chiarella, 74-76-150 +6 Won on first hole of playoff

1. Ryan Kuroiwa, 77-73-150 +6

3. Aaron Kunitomo, 77-76-153 +9

4. Zackary Braunthal, 77-83-160 +16

5. Christian Yagi, 84-78-162 +18

6. Kyle Kurihara, 82-81-163 +19

7. Jameson Keiley, 87-80-167 +23

7. Tyler Ota, 83-84-167 +23

9. Tyler Ichiki, 84-86-170 +26

10. Joshua Roland DeFreitas Jr., 83-89-172 +28

11. Justin Chu, 95-80-175 +31

12. Mark Milton, 86-91-177 +33

13. Landon Johnson, 84-95-179 +35

14. Gavin Yamamoto, 98-89-187 +43

15. Ryley Chong, 97-96-193 +49

16. Braeden Robley, 106-95-201 +57

17. Jimmy James, 102-114-216 +72

18. Andrew Schmidt, 114-109-223 +79

18. Justin Tokioka, 118-105-223 +79

20. Jayven Mohetau, 112-115-227 +83

13/14 Girls

1. Alina Ching, 78-75-153 +9

2. Marissa Chow, 84-76-160 +16

3. Cassy Isagawa, 81-82-163 +19

4. Kacie Komoto, 85-84-169 +25

5. Nani Yanagi, 86-97-183 +39

6. Brittney Bisgrove, 110-98-208 +6

13/18 Girls

1. Kristina Merkle, 73-71-144 E*

2. Elyse Okada, 76-73-149 +5

3. Alina Ching, 78-75-153 +9

4. Cyd Okino, 78-78-156 +12

5. Kelcie Ann Kawano, Girls 15-18, 76-81-157 +13

6. Alice Kim, 77-82-159 +15

7. Marissa Chow, 84-76-160 +16

8. Cassy Isagawa, 81-82-163 +19

9. Tamara Surtees, 88-78-166 +22

10. Kacie Komoto, 85-84-169 +25

11. Michelle Condry, Girls 15-18, 88-84-172 +28

12. Nani Yanagi, 86-97-183 +39

13. Liana Otake, 88-92-190 +46

13. Marissa Suehiro, 90-100-190 +46

15. Brittney Bisgrove, 110-98-208 +64

16. Ku’uipo James, 105-111-216 +72

Trusted Choice “Big I” Qualifier (13 & Older)

July 8, The Club

at Hokulia, Kona

13/18 Girls

1. Kristina Merkle, 35-36-71 -1

2. Alina Ching, 40-35-75 +3

3. Marissa Chow, 39-37-76 +4

4. Tamara Surtees, 40-38-78 +6

4. Cyd Okino, 41-37-78 +6

6. Kelcie Ann Kawano, 41-40-81 +9

7. Cassy Isagawa, 44-38-82 +10

7. Alice Kim, 39-43-82 +10

9. Kacie Komoto, 41-43-84 +12

10. Ku’uipo James, 59-52-111 +39

13/18 Boys

1. David Fink, Boys 15-18, 36-33-69 -3

2. Lorens Chan, 36-34-70 -2

2. Justin Keiley, 34-36-70 -2

2. Brett Komoto, 38-32-70 -2

5. Levi Miyashiro, 37-35-72 E

5. Taeksoo Kim, 37-35-72 E

7. Jonathan Keiley, 37-36-73 +1

7. Alika Bell, 35-38-73 +1

9. Alex Chu, 37-37-74 +2

9. Thomas Yamashita, 38-36-74 +2

9. Bou-An Fujieki, 36-38-74 +2

12. Nainoa Calip, 38-38-76 +4

12. Aaron Kunitomo, 38-38-76 +4

12. Alex Chiarella, 38-38-76 +4

15. Matt Milton, 39-38-77 +5

16. Henry Park, 40-38-78 +6

16. Christian Yagi, 41-37-78 +6

18. Grant Natori, 41-39-80 +8

18. Andrew Kunitomo, 40-40-80 +8

20. Nicholas Matsushima, 40-41-81 +9

21. Christian Agosto, 42-40-82 +10

21. Brian Lee, 41-41-82 +10

21. Kevin McBride, 40-42-82 +10

24. Tyler Ota, 43-41-84 +12

25. Cole Yamane, 42-44-86 +14

26. Michael Fan, 42-48-90 +18

26. Sean Mamaclay 49-41-90 +18

26. Keith Wong, 48-42-90 +18

29. Evan Nagano, 49-42-91 +19

29. Mark Milton, 45-46-91 +19

31. Justin Tokioka, 49-56-105 +33

32. Jimmy James, 56-58-114 +42

33. Jayven Mohetau, 56-59-115 +43

* The King Auto Group Hawaii State Junior Championship also served as the Big “I” Hawai‘i Qualifier in which two juniors — a boy and a girl — will travel to North Carolina to compete in the Trusted Choice Big “I” Junior Classic. David Fink of Kailua and Kristina Merkle of Honolulu were the two who earned the spots in the tournament.

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