Chow, Komoto grab qualifying spots at Princeville

PRINCEVILLE — Marissa Chow of Honolulu fired an even-par 72 Monday at the Princeville Makai Golf Course to qualify for the United States Golf Association Girls Junior Championships,

Kacie Komoto of Honolulu finished a stroke back at 73 (37-36) to claim the second qualifying spot.

Eimi Koga ended the day two strokes off the pace at 74 (37-37) to claim the first alternate position.

Chisato Hashimoto of Aichi, Japan, defeated Ciera Min of Hilo, Hawai‘i on the first play-off hole to claim the second alternate position.

Kaua‘i’s only golfer in the qualifier, Daeza Tomas of Lihu‘e, finished with a 90 (45-45).

Chow finished the front nine tied with Komoto following a nice save with her short game in gentle trades and sun partially veiled by clouds and mist blowing in from the ocean.

Despite the one-over 37 after nine holes, Chow finished the back nine with a 35 for her even-par performance.

The 2011 USGA Girls Junior Amateur Championship will be played at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois, July 18 to 23.

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