Tydingco plays up

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    Linken Tanabe of Mililani digs out of his situation that required an officials’ ruling on the Wailua Golf Course ninth hole Sunday during the Hawai‘i State Junior Golf Association All Ages-Kaua‘i tournament.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kate Nakaoka of Mililani follows her approach to the Wailua Golf Course ninth hole Sunday during the final round of the Hawai‘i State Junior Golf Association All Ages-Kaua‘i tournament.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Ike Tydingco of Kapa‘a, 8 years old and playing up two age brackets, follows his approach to the Wailua Golf Course ninth hole Sunday during the final round of the Hawai‘i State Junior Golf Association All Ages-Kaua‘i tournament.

WAILUA — Ike Tydingco of Kapa‘a is only 8 years old, and participated in the Hawai‘i State Junior Golf Association All Ages-Kaua‘i last weekend at Wailua Golf Course.

“Yes, he’s just 8 years old,” said Ken Miyata, a director with the Kaua‘i Junior Golf Association. “He had a chance to play up. He’s actually playing two brackets up. It’s good experience for him to see how he can hold up against more-experienced golfers.”

Tydingco was not alone, as Linken Tanabe of Mililani, O‘ahu was also playing up, and Mia Nakaoka, also of Mililani, was playing up a bracket against her older sister, Kate Nakaoka, who captured the girls 13-14 flight with a 13-over, 36-hole total of 157 during the first tournament of 2021 presented by the HSJGA.

Her sister Mia finished second in the flight with a two-day 182 (89-93) to tie Kiara Johnson of Lihu‘e (91-91-182).

Tydingco struggled through the rounds, not getting sufficient lift on the ball. He finished third in the boys 13-14 flight with a two-day 234 (116-18). Seung Min Ham of Honolulu towered over the two young players to capture the flight with a 168 (88-80). Tanabe, despite overshooting the ninth green, came back with a day’s 88, a stroke better than his opening round 89, finishing at 177.

Niki Upson of Princeville was the sole high-school senior in the boys 15-18 flight, finishing fourth overall with a two-day 177 (86-91) in the flight that was taken by Marshall Kim Jr. of Honolulu, who carded a 6-over 78 on his final round en route to a 159 (81-78).

Dysen Park of Hilo settled in second after leading the flight with a 7-over 79 in the opening round, but lost four strokes during the final round. He finished with a 162 (79-83), followed by Justin Todd of Kane‘ohe taking third, two strokes back of Park.

Kaua‘i High senior Jessica Hreljac finished seventh in the largest flight, girls 15-18, ending with a two-day 188 (91-97). Kara Kaneshiro of Honolulu (78-79-157) topped the flight, two strokes better than Ashley Koga, also of Honolulu, who finished with a 159 (78-81). Another two strokes separated the two-way tie for third between Honolulu golfers Teal Matsueda (82-79—161) and Ye Won Ham (81-80—161).

The HSJGA, also closing its fundraising auction including the Raise the Paddle, and Fund-A-Program over the weekend, next hosts the HSJGA All Ages-Maui tournament on May 22 and 23 at Wailea Golf Club.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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