LIHUE — Kauai High School boys’ golf coach Alton Amimoto worked hard for his win Saturday at Hokuala Golf Club.
“I’ve got to find my golfer,” Amimoto said. “He’s down to his last ball. We’ve already had a golfer withdraw from the match.”
Christian Ganir led the Kauai High School boys by finishing with a 79 (40-39) followed by the Nii brothers, Kamden and Kanoa, each carding 86 to finish with a team total of 338.
Kapaa High School finished with 383, led by Kekoa Eisenhour (47-43-90), Jai Alapai (47-49) and Kaimana Zarbaugh (43-53), each carding 96. The Waimea boys finished at 423 led by Nick Esposo at 93 (47-46).
On the girls’ side, Kauai High School girls got a 95 (46-49) from Kiri Oshiro and a 98 (47-51) from Dillyn Sakai to claim the lead with a team 295. Kapaa followed with a 341 led by Naia Burkart carding a 110 (49-61) and Sam Coloma finishing at 113 (57-56).
Waimea rounded out the girls’ team scoring at 397, led by Daneica Muraoka (68-60-128) ending a stroke ahead of Bailee Taeza (64-65-129) and Kelsey Tomimoto (70-70-140).
The Kauai boys scoring included Ganir, Kamden Nii, Kanoa Nii, Deven Kimoto (43-44-87) and AJ Apalla (42-51-93).
Kapaa boys scoring included Eisenhour, Alapai, Zarbaugh, Kaison Carvalho (54-47-101) and Justice Chatfield (49-57-106).
Following Esposo for Waimea, James Caudill carded a 102 (52-50) with Chris Ishikawa (52-62) and Braden Kobayashi (54-60) each carding 114s.
The Kauai girls’ scoring following Kiri Oshiro and Sakai included Taryn Taguma at 102 (54-48) and Tyra Oshiro (53-59-112).
Kapaa girls were led by Burkart, Coloma, Sophia Rodriguez (59-59-118) and Keegan Kessler (62-61-123).
Individualists playing the full 18 holes on the course were led by Island School’s Reece Valencia who ended the day with the top boys’ score at 78 (39-39), Kauai’s Riley Gokan finishing sixth overall in the boys’ field at 89 (44-45), Kauai’s Jaydon Kyono (49-47-96), Kauai’s Jussten Solatre (49-48-97), Kapaa’s Billy Victorino (49-56-105), Kauai’s Braeden Yokoyama (55-55-110), Kauai’s Nathan Marugame (57-62-119), Island School’s Henry Scherer (56-64-120) and Kapaa’s Riley Pezario (56-75-131).
Female individualists playing the full 18 holes included Kapaa’s Rachel Pleas (57-48-105), Island School’s Salisa Pegeder (62-60-122), Kapaa’s Alicia Hayakawa (71-60-131) and Kauai’s Cheyenne Duarte (68-72-140).
Next on tap for the Kauai Interscholastic Federation golfers is the make-up match for the rained-out game at Puakea Golf Course. The match will be played Saturday at Wailua Golf Course, with the first group teeing off starting at noon.