WAILUA — Kauai’s Kanoa Nii started out Saturday on a terrible note — double-bogey on the Wailua Hole No. 1 during the final round of the Kauai Interscholastic Federation golf season at the Wailua Golf Course.
He parred the remainder of the front nine, a big smile blossoming on his face after a birdie on the Par 5 No. 9 — just one of two golfers to achieve the feat, the other being teammate Christian Ganir.
Kanoa (37-34-71) went on to birdie No. 18 to finish with a one-under par 71 to lead the Kauai boys to an undefeated season with a team total 310.
Kekoa Eisenhour (40-39-79) ended in a three-way tie at 79 to lead the Kapaa boys to a team 356, 20 strokes ahead of Waimea who got an 86 (40-46) from Nick Esposo.
On the girls’ course, Kauai’s Kiri Oshiro fired an 82 (40-42) to lead the Red Raider girls to a team 258, after upgrading Kyra Robley (57-55-112) to Team status.
Sam Coloma continued to lead the Kapaa girls with a 100 (50-50). The Warrior wahine ended in second with a team total of 315, just five strokes ahead of Waimea’s girls who finished at 322 behind the lead of Bailee Taeza (53-46-93). The key in the tight competition for the No. 2 spot centered on the teams’ No. 3 golfers, Waimea’s Daneica Muraoka carding a 117 (59-58) to relinquish the lead to Kapaa’s Rachel Plea who finished at 108 (55-53) — a stroke off the Warriors’ No. 2 finisher, Alicia Hayakawa (52-55-107).
“Kauai High’s boys and girls teams are the KIF champions for this season and will send teams to the David S. Ishii Hawaii High School Athletic Association state championships at Royal Ka‘anapali on Maui in early May,” said Sam Pratt, KIF golf tournament director. “Players who played in at least four regular season matches are eligible to compete in the state qualifying event which will contest Friday and Saturday at the Wailua Golf Course, starting at noon on both days.”
Pratt said the male and female players with the lowest scores for the 36 holes will be crowned the KIF Champion golfers for 2017.
During the state qualifying rounds, individual players who are not already on a championship team will be also vying for individual spots available to the KIF during the David Ishii HHSAA state golf championships.
Boys Team Kauai: Kanoa Nii (37-34-71), Kamden Nii (42-37-79), Deven Kimoto (39-41-80), AJ Apalla (40-41-81) 310
Boys Team Kapaa: Kekoa Eisenhour (40-39-79), Kaison Carvalho (44-45-89), Jai Alapai (49-45-94), Justice Chatfield (46-480-94), Riley Pezario (47-58-105) 356
Boys Team Waimea: Nick Esposo (40-46-86), James Caudill (47-45-92), Braden Kobayashi (49-50-99), Ryan Martin (47-52-99), Chris Ishikawa (51-55-106) 376
Girls Team Kauai: Kiri Oshiro (40-42-82), Tyra Oshiro (42-43-85), Taryn Taguma (45-46-91), Kyra Robley (57-55-122) 258
Girls Team Kapaa: Sam Coloma (50-50-100), Alicia Hayakawa (52-55-107), Rachel Pleas (55-53-108), Keegan Kessler (62-51-113) 315
Girls Team Waimea: Bailee Taeza (53-46-99), Kelsey Tomimoto (55-51-106), Daneica Muraoka (59-58-117), Sasha Sakai (63-58-121) 322
Individualist Boys: Riley Gokan KAU (40-39-79), Reece Valencia IS (43-37-80), Jaydon Kyono KAU (46-44-90), Mosiah Bautista KAU (46-47-93), Nathan Marugame KAU (45-51-96), Jayson Serrano KAU (48-50-98), Braeden Yokoyama KAU (50-49-99), Henry Scherer IS (52-56-108).
Individualist Girls: Salisa Pegeder IS (47-44-91).
Individualist 9-Hole: Malia Alonzo KAU 52, Riley Davalos WAI 64, Hana Barker KAP 64, Gabby Peleras WAI 64, Breanne Garcia KAU 65, Keesha Brown KAU 66, Alexis Garcia KAU 70, Jana Sheatz KCA 71, Sophia Marvel KCA 71, Quinn Catlin IS 72.