LIHUE — A disqualification based on a rules incident gave the Kauai Interscholastic Federation boys round to the Kapaa High School boys team Saturday when the KIF opened its 2016 golf season at the Hokuala Golf Club.
“We had an unfortunate rules incident on the 18th hole when the first grouping of the day played from the wrong teeing ground,” said Sam Pratt, the tournament director. “Because the mistake was not resolved before the group left the 128th green, the four boys in the grouping had to be disqualified. This resulted in Kauai High School not being able to return a team score which requires four players with a score.”
Kapaa High School finished with a team total 390 to claim the title in the opening round. Kaimana Zarbaugh led the Warrior scoring on a 91 (46-45) followed by Micah Barretto at 94 (46-48), Kekoa Eisenhour (45-50-95) and William Victorino (57-53-110).
“Kauai High lost due to the DQ on the first group,” said Kauai coach Alton Amimoto. “They teed off from the wrong tee on the last hole so all three Kauai High players in the group, and one Kapaa player were DQ-ed. Since Kapaa still had scorers, they won by default. It is what it is.”
The Kauai players not involved in the rules incident included Jacob Viquelia firing an 82 (40-42) and Keith Jose finishing with an 87 (43-44).
Reece Valencia of Island School claimed the day’s top round for the boys with an 81 (40-41), just a stroke ahead of Kauai’s Viquelia. Deven Kimoto, an individualist from Kauai, filled in third with an 83 (43-40), tying with fellow Red Raider Kainoa Nii, firing a one-over 37 on the front before ending at 83 (37-46).
Waimea golfers were led by James Caudill (55-55-110), Braden Kobayashi (56-58-114), and Hunter Ragasa (61-59-120).
Kauai Christian Academy also fielded golfers for the tournament for the first time with Braden Richardson playing the 9-hole round and finishing with a 76. On the girls’ field, Kauai Christian Academy had Mallori Richardson firing a 74 and Hope Burns finishing with a 133 on the 9-hole circuit.
The Kauai High School girls topped the team competition with a 294, led by Taryn Taguma firing a 94 (51-43). Others contributing to the winning score included Dillyn Sakai (47-51-98), Kiri Oshiro (52-50-102) and Tyra Oshiro 959-55-114).
Waimea girls finished with a 349 for runner-up honors, led by Samantha Nichols’ 93 (48-45), the best girls’ round of the day. Bailey Taeza followed at 110 (58-52) and Daneica Morioka rounded out the grouping at 146 (65-81).
Kapaa girls ended with a 385, led by Samantha Coloma carding a 96 (51-45). Paige Wesoloski (71-70-141) and Alicia Hayakawa (77-71-148) contributed to the Warrior scoring.
The KIF golf round moves to the Wailua Golf Course Saturday with the first grouping teeing off at noon.