PO‘IPU — Kelli Oride of Lihu‘e finished with a 149, nine over par to beat out Anna Jang of O‘ahu for the top spot in the 15-18 Girls division of the Kiahuna Jr. Classic yesterday.
Tied with Alina Ching of O‘ahu at 75, 5 over par following Saturday’s opening round, Oride took advantage of the clean weather conditions at the Kiahuna Golf Course to win her division, relegating Ching to third at 156, 16 over par.
Lauren Yama, Hawai‘i State Junior Golf Association spokeswoman, said Oride and Levi Miyashiro of Wailua will be participating in the prestigious second annual USA Hawai‘i-Japan Junior Cup which will open play at the Waikoloa course on the Big Island, Nov. 14-19.
That announcement was made earlier this month with Oride joining a 13-player girls field and Miyashiro being part of a nine-player boys field for the USA-Hawai‘i team.
Miyashiro, who finished Saturday’s round of the 15-18 Boys division in second place, three strokes off the pace, finished the Jr. Classic in eighth following yesterday’s final round.
Allisen Corpuz (74-73-147+7) topped the 11-12 Girls division, two strokes ahead of Mariel Galdiano (73-76-149+9).
Sian Rogers (75-74-149+9) topped the Boys 10 & Under division, two strokes ahead of Nathaniel Idica (73-78-151+11) in the eight-player division.
Kristeena Locke topped the Girls 10 & Under division (83-91-174+34) over Kalau Tanaka-Pesamino (106-93-199+59).
Justin Kurihara (77-73-150+10) was four strokes better than Jorge Corpuz (75-79-154+14). Kaua‘i’s Ken Miyata finished that 11-12 Boys division in fourth (78-83-161+21), four strokes back of Leon Rogers (81-76-157+17) in third.
Kalena Preus (75-78-153+13) was two strokes better than Aaron Kunitomo (76-79-155+15) in the Boys 13-14 division.
Darren Valencia (86-85-171+31), Justin Tokioka (91-90-181+41), Kai Adachi (90-92-182+42), Braeden Robley (88-98-186+46) and Reyn Thomas Morioka (91-96-187+47) filled in the eighth through 12th slots of that division.
Cassy Isagawa (70-81-151+11) and Marissa Chow (76-75-151+11) finished in a tie for first in the Girls 13-14 division with Kacie Komoto (85-76-161+21) in third place.
Reo Saito (77-80-157+17) was five strokes ahead of David Saka (81-81-162+22) for the top spot in the Boys 15-18 division. Nicholas Matsushima (85-78-163+23) and Thomas Yamashita (82-81-163+23) finished in a tie for third place of that division.
Sean Mamaclay of Kapa‘a (89-83-172+32) was bested by Andrew Kunitomo (82-89-171+31) by a stroke, but finished a stroke ahead of Miyashiro (80-94-174+34). Jordan Oda (93-86-179+39) followed in ninth place of that division.
According to the HSJGA press release, this tournament was the second to the last opportunity for juniors to earn points toward Player of the Year and the last chance to earn an invitation to play in the 2008 Ulupalakua Tournament of Champions, Dec. 6-7 at the Wailea Golf Club.
This was the Kiahuna Golf Club’s third year hosting the Kiahuna Jr. Classic. Last year’s tournament was cancelled due to rainy conditions.
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or firstname.lastname@example.org