Kauai wins KIF golf finale

WAILUA — Bogeys on the Wailua Nos. 11, 16 and 17 put Kauai’s Christian Ganir a stroke back of teammate Jacob Viquelia on the back nine Saturday during the final Kauai Interscholastic Federation golf match contested under brisk tradewinds peppered with rain.

Ganir finished the back nine at 39 for an overall 80 to tie with Island School’s Reece Valencia (39-40) and Kauai’s Trevor Kua (38-42) for the top boys individualist spot.

Ganir’s performance, along with Kua and Viquelia (45-38-83), led the Kauai High School boys to its final win in the KIF season at 330 strokes. In addition to the leaders, Kauai boys got scoring from Keith Jose (45-50-95) and Kanoa Nii (43-44-87).

Kapaa boys finished second at 363 strokes led by Kekoa Eisenhour (41-44-85), Jai Alapai (47-44-91), Justice Chatfield (48-43-91), Micah Barretto (50-46-96) and Kaimana Zarbaugh (48-50-98).

Waimea boys got performances from Christopher Ishikawa (57-44-101), James Caudill (49-53-102) and Braden Kobayashi (62-55-117), but the withdrawl by Hunter Ragasa kept the Menehune out of the team scoring.

On the girls’ course, Kauai’s Taryn Taguma (42-43-85) notched the best round, a stroke ahead of Waimea’s Samantha Nichols (41-45-86).

Taguma’s showing in the blustery weather fueled the Kauai girls’ win at 267. She was aided by Kiri Oshiro (46-45-91), Tyra Oshiro (50-41-91), and Dillyn Sakai (50-44-94).

Waimea following in the girls team scoring with Nichols leading the effort followed by Bailee Taeza (56-53-109), Daneica Muraoka (54-62-116) and Kelsey Tomimoto (71-63-134).

Samantha Coloma (47-49-96) continued to set the pace for the Kapaa girls who finished at 335. Following Coloma’s pace, Keegan Kessler finished at 119 (63-56) followed by Paige Wesoloski (63-57-120) and Rachel Pleas (74-65-139).

With the completion of the regular KIF rounds, Kauai High School clinches both the boys and girls team titles, both teams advancing to represent the KIF at the David Ishii Foundation Hawaii High School Athletic Association state tournament which will be held at the Wailua Golf Course.

The girls tournament will be contested on May 2 and 3 followed by the boys tournament on May 4 and 5.

Sam Pratt, KIF tournament director, said the KIF state qualifying tournament will be Friday and Saturday at the Wailua Golf Course, starting at noon each day. The 36-hole tournament will rank the individual players for the state championship slots available to the KIF.

Following play Saturday, the individual boys and girls champions will be announced.

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