Golfers start early

LIHUE — Kapaa High School golf coach Kelly Pleas, who is also an Aloha Section PGA professional, had some of her Warrior golfers on hand Saturday to help with the Hawaii Junior Golf Day at the Puakea Golf Course since the Kauai Interscholastic Federation golf round was also scheduled to tee off at the course.

Kainalu Gandia was one of the Kapaa helpers. Gandia, who got his notice of acceptance to West Point last week, noted that he was also accepted to West Point’s golf team.

“We just got through talking with them,” said Col. Robert Levoit, the Kapaa golf team coach as well as the director of the Kapaa Jr. ROTC program. “Kainalu will be playing golf for West Point.”

Lauren Yama of the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association said there were fewer golfers this year for the free two-hour introductory golf experience with Aloha Section PGA professionals working with the aspiring golfers.

“This is going to be fun,” said Glenn Tamagawa, the acting golf professional at the Puakea Golf Course. “This is also about safety. We’ll be taking a picture, and have a big tug-of-war with the PGA professionals — who might win, because we have more of them than last year.”

Other Aloha Section PGA members were on the Princeville Makai Club, where another Hawaii Junior Golf event was held Saturday.

The Kauai golf courses were two of 12 locations around the state where the HSJGA hosted similar experiences for young golfers.

Puakea Golf Course is also hosting a Spring Break Academy for young golfers from 8 a.m. to noon, and will be hosting a Summer Break Academy when school lets out.

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