Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023 |
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WAILUA — Despite the increasing winds blowing over the Wailua Golf Course Sunday, Kyosuke Hara of Honolulu fired off seven birdies en route to finishing with a 6-under par 66.
Combined with his even par performance on the opening round Saturday, Hara finished second overall and clinched the boys spot in the Aloha Junior PGA Championship with his two-day 138 (72-66).
Malia Nam of Kailua, Oahu, led the field with a 4-under 69 Saturday. A double bogey on No. 7 pulled her to a 2-over 38 at the crossing during the final round Sunday. But Nam regrouped and pulled off five birdies on the back nine to finish with a 3-under 70 during the round. Combined scores for the two days put Nam in the overall lead with a 7-under 139 (69-70).
“I want to thank Mr. Ritchie Rapozo for the work he did on the greens,” Nam said. “I just love those greens.”
The double qualifier, hosted by the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association and the PGA Aloha Section, brought out more than 120 golfers to the Wailua Golf Course which was closed Saturday and Sunday to accommodate the field.
Hara’s 138 set the bar for the Boys 15-17 flight, five strokes ahead of Justin Arcano who finished with a two-day 143 (69-74). Andrew Chin finished even 144 (72072), tying with Kyle Suppa (72-72-144).
Several Kauai golfers were seeded in the large field. Rilen Loo of Lihue topped the list at 160 (80-80), a tie for 25th place, but a stroke better than his brother Keegan Loo, who finished tied for 28th place at 161 (77-84).
“I’m glad to see the Kauai golfers come out for a big tournament like this,” said Hawaii State Junior Golf Association leader David Havens, also a PGA Aloha Section member. “Each time they play in a big tournament, they get a little stronger, and better.”
Trevor Kua finished in a tie for 30th place at 162 (81-81), four strokes better than Keith Jose, who finished in a tie for 34th place at 168 (87-79), tying with Sequoia Logan at 168 (82-86).
Jamie Amimoto, playing in the PGA Junior Boys 18 flight, finished tied for second at 158 (78-80), four strokes back of the flight leader Colin Laszio (78-76-154).
Ryan Chang Jr. controlled the PGA Jr. Boys 9-10 flight on a two-day 186 (99-87).
Nam’s performance topped the Girls 15-18 flight, three strokes ahead of Allisen Corpuz (72-70) and Tuan-yu Chiang (70-72), both golfers tying for second place at 142.
Kauai golfer Hiilani Rose Alana led the Kauai showing in the flight, finishing in 17th place at 164 (81-83) followed by Waimea golfer Samantha Nichols finishing at 196 (96-100).
Full results can be found on live scoring at www.hsjga.org.
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