Kikuchi wins division in Kiahuna Junior Classic

Kade Kikuchi of Lihue fired a 6-under par 134 to claim the Boys 7-10 division of the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association 2016 Kiahuna Junior Classic that wrapped up Sunday at the Kiahuna Golf Club in Poipu.

Kikuchi got off to a good start Saturday, firing an even-par 70 to take the lead over Tristan Moriguchi Bayot of Waipahu, Oahu, and Ryan Chang Jr. of Lihue. He surged to his 6-under 64 on Sunday to claim the division over Moriguchi Bayot (72-75-147) and Chang Jr. (72-88-160).

Rianna Chang of Lihue finished with a 180 (92-88) to claim runner-up honors in the Girls 7-10 division under Teal Matsuda (70-72-142) of Honolulu, who finished the 36-hole tournament at 2-over. Heiley Kikuchi of Lihue rounded out the division at 199 (105-94).

No Kauai golfers were in the girls 11-12 division, which was taken by Ferrari Dudoit (82-80) of Waikele, Hawaii, on a tie-breaker with Kellie Yamane (81-81) of Aiea. Both girls finished at 162.

Niki Slater Upson of Princeville ended the two days with a 199 (100-99) to claim the No. 3 spot in the Boys 13-14 division over Kadden Kobayashi of Lihue, who carded a two-day 292 (150-142). Jake David Sequin of Honolulu (80-77-157) claimed the top spot six strokes ahead of Noah Koshi (79-84-163) of Pearl City, Oahu.

Rilen Loo (84-78) of Lihue tied for seventh place with Robert Choi (78-84) of Honolulu after both golfers finished at 162 in the Boys 15-18 division that was claimed by Trevor Arashiro (76-72-148) of Honolulu who finished two strokes ahead of Zachary Kaneshiro (74-76-150) of Aiea, Oahu. Braden Yokoyama of Lawai fired an opening day 112 before withdrawing.

Kiri Naomi Oshiro of Lawai ended with an even 200 (103-97) in the Girls 13-18 division that was claimed by Alanis Sakuma (73-74-147) of Waikele, Hawaii. Taryn Taguma of Hanapepe finished the tournament with a 187 (93-94).

All golfers played to par 70 with the Girls 7-10 firing through 2,633 yards, the Boys 7-10 at 2,633 yards, the Girls 11-12 at 4,887 yards, the Boys 13-14 firing at 6,214 yards, the Girls 15-18 at 5,560 yards, and the Boys 15-18 playing through 6,925 yards.


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