WAILUA — Kauai High School’s Keith Jose topped the individualists at the Kauai Interscholastic Federation Round 2 at the Wailua Golf Course, and the Kauai boys and girls took their respective team scoring under windy conditions Saturday at the Wailua Golf Course.
“I want them to have fun,” said Kauai coach Alton Amimoto. “They can be serious, but they need to have fun.”
Jose birdied the first hole, but bogeys on holes 4 and 5 put him at one-over 37 at the crossing. He also birdied on hole 17, but three straight bogeys on 14, 15 and 16 put him at three-over coming off the course for an overall four-over 76.
The score put him on top of the field, two strokes back of teammate Trevor Kua who led the Red Raider boys team with a 78 (39-39) toward its 332 total over Kapaa boys who finished with 361.
Following Kua, Kamden Nii (44-39-83), Jacob Viquelia (41-43-84), Deven Kimoto (46-41-87) and Kanoa Nii (41-51-92) accounted for the Kauai boys scoring.
Kainalu Gandia set the pace for the Kapaa boys team, finishing with an 81 (40-41). He got help from Kekoa Eisenhour (43-45-88), Micah Barretto (51-43-94), Kaimana Zarbaugh (45-53-98) and Leslee Aki (49-57-106).
Island School’s Reece Valencia finished sixth overall with an 84 (40-44) to lead the Voyager field, and Waimea’s James Caudill finished with 100 (48-52) to lead the Menehune field.
Dillyn Sakai from the Red Raider stable topped the girls’ field, finishing with an 86 (42-44) to lead the Red Raider ladies to its 274 team scoring over Waimea High School (336 points) and Kapaa High School (385 points).
Joining Sakai, Taryn Taguma (47-44-91), Kiri Oshiro (48-49-97), and Tyra Oshiro (54-47-101) contributed to the Kauai girls’ scoring.
Samantha Nichols topped the Waimea girls’ scoring with a 98 (51-47) followed by Bailee Taeza (52-54-106) and Daneica Muraoka (64-68-132).
Kapaa women’s scoring saw Samantha Coloma finish with 108 (58-50) followed by Keegan Kessler (68-62-130), Rachel Pleas (71-76-147) and Alicia Hayakawa (78-73-151).
KIF golf next moves to the Puakea Golf Course Saturday with the first grouping going off starting at noon.