Kaua‘i’s Kua, Gandia win medals at HSJGA Junior Tour Series

WAILUA — Trevor Kua and Kainalu Gandia were two of the Kaua‘i Junior Golf Association members who won medals at the close of the Hawai‘i Junior Golf Association Junior Tour Series-Kaua‘i on Sunday at the Wailua Golf Course.

Kua, holding the lead of the Boys 13-14 division following the first round, Saturday, faltered on the final round to finish with an 82 (41-41) for a two-round total of 158 (76-82) for second place.

He relinquished the lead to Sian Rogers of Honolulu who, after trailing Kua by just a stroke Saturday, came back to card par on the back nine to nail the division with a two-day total of 152 (77-75).

Kua was able to fill in second place in the division, finishing a stroke ahead of Gandia of Kapa‘a who rebounded from an opening round 81 to finish with a 78 for a two-day total of 159.

Keegan Loo of Lihu‘e finished just out of the running in fourth place with a 162 (86-76) on the par 72, 6,585-yard layout.

KJGA members Christian Ganir of Kapa‘a (88-89-177) and James Pratt of Lihu‘e (96-96-192) finished fourth and fifth in the Boys 7-10 division, which was won by Jacob Torres of Aiea, O‘ahu. Torres blazed through the par 72, 5,074-yard course with a two-round total of 158 (77-81) followed by Noah Koshi (85-85-170) and Kolbe Irei (87-84-171).

Evan Kawai of Honolulu led the Boys 11-12 division following the first round, finishing with a three-over par 7, and continued to blaze through the 5,974 yards Sunday, finishing with a four-over par 76 for a two-round total of 151 to capture the division over Taylor John McGerity (79-80-159) and Acey Yanagishita (84-83-167), both of Honolulu.

KJGA member Anthony Jude Apalla of Lihu‘e finished the division with a 198 (105-93), Justice Chatfield of Kapa‘a carded a 223 (118-105), Reece Valencia of Lihu‘e posted a (92-88-180) and Rilen Loo of Lihu‘e finished at 182 (96-86).

Hi‘ilani Rosa-Alana of Lihu‘e finished the Girls 13-14 division with a two-round total 194 (100-94). The par 72, 5,974-yard field was taken by Zoey Akagi-Bustin of Wahiawa who finished with a 157 (74-83).

Allysha Mae Mateo of Mililani, O‘ahu, topped the Girls 11-12 division with a two-round total 175 (91-84) over Reese Guzman (95-91-186) of Wailuku, Maui, and Millburn Ho of Honolulu (92-98-190).

The girls played a par 72 on 5,974 yards.

Ron Peeren, the HSJGA tournament director, said there are two remaining Junior Tour Series events for 14 and under remaining. The next is scheduled March 31 and April 1 at the  Waimea Country Club on the Big Island. The final JTS tournament will roll out of the Pukalani Country Club on Maui April 21 and April 22.  

The JTS for ages 14 and under was started five years ago to help prepare the younger HSJGA members for the HSJGA summer tournament schedule.

Kaua‘i Junior Golf Association members will play in the Mokihana Cup, Level Three, for all ages, at the Po‘ipu Bay Golf Course at noon Sunday.

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