Punahou leads after 1st round of state tourney

WAILUA — Shawn Lu of Moanalua High School and Matthew Shen, and Kyle Suppa, both of Punahou, are tied for the lead of the David S. Ishii Foundation Hawaii High School Athletic Association 2016 boys state golf championships when the final round tees off Thursday starting at 7 a.m.

All three golfers finished the opening round Wednesday, firing even par 72 and stayed a stroke ahead of Ray Kim of Moanalua.

Shen and Suppa helped Punahou to its lead in the team scoring with 294 following 18 holes of play.

Punahou just wrapped up the girls championship Tuesday afternoon after two of its leaders, Allisen Corpuz and Mariel Galdiano, worked through a four-hole tie-breaker for Medalist honors. Corpuz won the match with a birdie on the fourth playoff hole, breaking a three-year win streak for Galdiano.

The Buffanblu are challenged by Moanalua, who is 16 strokes back at 304 and led by Lu’s even par performance.

Host Kauai High School finished the opening round at 334, led by Keith Jose who finished with 77 (38-39), tied for 14th place with Andrew Otani, Keanu Akina, and Jordan Terada. The Kauai boys finished the opening round just a stroke back of Kamehameha-Kea‘au who were led by Preston-Lee Ching firing a 79 (41-38), and two strokes behind Kaiser who got eight-over 80 performances from Jeren Nishimoto and William Shu.

The final round tees off Thursday morning with the first groups going from the No. 1 and No. 10 tees starting at 7 a.m.

Live scoring is available through the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association and sportshigh.com.

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