Chan, Koga win Jr. PGA titles at Kaua‘i Lagoons

LIHU‘E — Lorens Chan of Honolulu took the first hole of a three-way playoff to win the 2011 Aloha Section Junior PGA Championship at the Kaua‘i Lagoons Golf Club last week.

Chan, earning a spot to the U.S. Amateur Juniors earlier in the week at the Princeville Makai, overcame the wind and rain during the opening round of the Junior PGA and was tied three ways following the final round at 144 (74-70).

Eimi Koga of Honolulu took the overall girls championship with a 150 (75-75), states a release from the Kaua‘i Lagoons Golf Club.

Kenji Miyata of Kapa‘a topped the Kaua‘i finishers in the tournament with a 14th place on a 158 (80-78).

Pono Tokioka of Lihu‘e, making a strong comeback at the U.S. Amateur Juniors with the best round of the final day, struggled at the Kaua‘i Lagoons, finishing in 20th at 164 (81-83).

KC Loo of Lihu‘e followed a stroke back at 165 (82-83), good for 22nd place.

Kenneth Kimura, Golf Operations Manager for the Kaua‘i Lagoons Golf Club, said competition in the two-day tournament was fierce as the players battled for the championship title and invitations to the National Junior PGA Championships later this year.

Chan and Koga will represent the Aloha Section PGA in the 36th Junior PGA Championship from Aug. 2 through 5 at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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