Tokioka 4 strokes back after Round 1

WAILUA — Kaua‘i High School’s Pono Tokioka shot a one-over 73 and is tied for eighth place at the 2012 Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association Boys Championship golf tournament held Tuesday at the Wailua Golf Course.

Tokioka, the leader among the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation golfers, is five strokes behind Moanalua High School’s John Oda, who shot a four-under 68.

Tokioka, who started on the back-nine, began his round strong with a birdie on hole No. 11 and carding a one-under 35 over his first nine holes. Tokioka struggled over the next nine, though, with bogeys on hole No. 2 and No. 7 for a three-over 38 on the front-nine.

Kapa‘a’s Kenji Miyata finished tied for 10th place with a two-over 74. Miyata had a roller coaster round with two birdies, an eagle and six bogeys.

Kaua‘i’s Reyn Morioka finished tied for 22nd after a five-over 77, Braden Robley was three strokes higher with an 80 and Jamie Amimoto shot an 83. Kai Adachi, Kaua‘i’s alternate, shot a 95.

The Red Raiders as a team finished the first round in fifth place out of 11 schools.

The Red Raiders finished with a combined 33 over-par 315. ‘Iolani finished as the first-round leader with a one-under 287 with Moanalua trailing by four shots.

Round 2 of the tournament begins at the Wailua Golf Course today at 7 a.m.

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