‘Better’ golf gives Red Raiders KIF wins

LIHUE — Kauai High School’s Jamie Amimoto had just one word about his golf game Saturday at the Puakea Golf Course — better!

Amimoto, suffering on the back nine during last week’s Kauai Interscholastic Federation golf match at the Kauai Lagoons Golf Club, honed his game leading up to the KIF golf match No. 3.

His performance resulted in him securing high-point honors for the boys at 76 (38-38) as well as leading the Red Raiders to its third win at 315 strokes.

Bryden Salvador (40-38-78) was two strokes off the Amimoto pace and led the Kapaa boys to its 339-stroke runner-up team standing.

Island School got an 88 from Reece Valencia (41-47) and a 92 from Michael Miller (44-48) to settle in third place at 372 strokes. They were followed by Waimea boys at 555 strokes, the Menehune being led by Ty Tomimoto (53-48-101), Braden Kobayashi (70-79-149) and Hunter Ragasa (78-71-149).

Following Kobayashi and Ragasa, James Caudill rounded out the Waimea leaderboard at 156 (76-80).

Kauai’s Keith Jose had a birdie on No. 7 and an eagle on No. 8 to cross with the lowest score at 1-over 37 after bogies and double bogies dragged him down. Jose finished with an 83 (37-46), seven strokes off the pace.

Jacob Viquelia had the third-best round of the day at 79 (40-39), to follow Amimoto, three strokes back. Trevor Kua finished with an 80 (38-42), tying with Devin Kimoto (40-40-80) to account for the Kauai boys leaders.

Following Salvador who carded the second-best round of the day, Kapaa leaders included Sequoia Logan (41-44-85) tying with Dylan DeSilva (43-42-85), Lexton Camat (44-47-91) and Tyshawn Cain (50-45-95) rounding out the leaders.

Following the Voyager leaders, Island School posted a 94 from Jacob Dysinger 950-44), a 98 from Adam Sclafani (54-44) and a 99 from Kilikai Ahuna (51-48).

On the girls’ course, Kauai and Waimea leaders battled for high-point honors.

“Kiri Oshiro got me by one stroke,” said Hiilani Alana, Kauai’s girls leader for the past two matches. “I don’t know what happened, but we got the match.”

Kauai girls topped the girls team scoring with 274 strokes, led by Oshiro (48-38-86), Alana (44-43-87) and Dillyn Sakai (51-50-101). Sharae Cua (58-61-119) rounded out the Red Raider leaders.

“She surprised me,” said Davis Oshiro, Kiri’s dad, who followed her through 18 holes. “She played the front nine and knows that course, but she’s hardly played the back nine, and with the wind, she really surprised me.”

Oshiro’s venture into the back nine started at the No. 10 tee box where her drive soared straight and true while Alana splashed, and Samantha Nichols of Waimea went into the knolls.

Capitalizing on the drive, Oshiro saved par on the hole while Alana bogeyed and Nichols double-bogeyed.

“I had a really hard time out there,” Nichols said. “But this means I can bounce back.”

Nichols finished with a 111 (58-53), three strokes behind teammate Bailee Taeza’s 108 (51-57) to lead the Waimea girls to a team 343 strokes.

Melia Takakusagi (59-65-124) and Daneica Muraoka (83-64-147) filled in the Menehune scoring leaders.

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