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Moanalua’s Won wins state golf title

By Hawaii Prep World on May 5, 2017

Moanalua senior Jun Ho Won took the drama out of the final round of the David S. Ishii/HHSAA Golf State Championships with six birdies in his first nine holes to run away with individual medalist honors on Friday at Kaanapali Golf Course. Won, who is the third state champion in the last four years frpm Moanalua (John Oda, Shawn Lu), had seven birdies total in his second consecutive round of 4-under 67 to finish the two-day tournament at 8-under 134. It’s the second-lowest 36-hole total by a state champion in tournament history. ‘Iolani’s Lorens Chan shot a 66-67—133 to win the 2011 state title at Waikoloa Village Golf Course. Won’s 10-stroke victory is the largest margin in tournament history matching […]

Punahou’s Choi wins state title in playoff

By Hawaii Prep World on May 2, 2017

Punahou junior Claire Choi outlasted Maui’s Reese Guzman in a playoff to claim individual medalist honors in the David S. Ishii Foundation/HHSAA Golf State Championships today at Kaanapali Golf Club. Choi, who started one back of the leaders in a tie for third with OIA champion Malia Nam, carded a 3-over 74 to tie Guzman, who shot a 75, for the 36-hole lead. Choi, who won her first ILH title at Turtle Bay two weeks ago, parred the first playoff hole to take the crown. She also helped Punahou overcome a 10-shot deficit to win the girls team title by one stroke over ‘Iolani, which led after the first round. The Buffanblu have won five straight girls golf state team […]

Hamada has ‘Iolani in front at state golf

By Hawaii Prep World on May 1, 2017

‘Iolani’s Kamie Hamada shares the first-round lead with Maui’s Reese Guzman at 4-over 75 after round 1 of the David S. Ishii Foundation/HHSAA Girls Golf State Championships at Kaanapali Golf Course on Monday. Hamada survived a double bogey on her finishing hole to stay at the top of the leaderboard and help the Raiders take a 10-shot lead over Punahou heading into Tuesday’s final round. Hamada got to 1 under on her round with a birdie on the par-4 10th before finishing with three bogeys and a double over her final eight holes. Guzman, a sophomore, had four birdies on the day but also struggled on the closing holes with a triple bogey on the par-3 17th and a bogey […]

VIDEO: OIA golf championship highlights

By Nick Abramo on April 26, 2017

In the video link below, watch Moanalua’s Jun Ho Won sink his final putt on the closing hole to wrap up his second straight OIA boys golf championship at Turtle Bay’s Fazio Course last week. Also, you can see Kalani’s Miki Manta sink a 36-foot birdie putt during a nine-hole playoff with Kaiser’s Malia Nam, who had just blasted out of the bunker to hole a birdie on the Fazio Course’s par-3 11th. Nam eventually won for her second OIA girls golf championship in three years to deny fellow junior Manta of a second straight title. Watch the video here:

‘Iolani’s Aoshima headed to Wake Forest

By Nick Abramo on April 24, 2017

‘Iolani golfer Kengo Aoshima has big aspirations. The 2014 Interscholastic League of Honolulu champion who was the runner-up in 2015 and 2017, Aoshima has played in events overseas and will see how he fares in college at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C., next fall. “I’m going to continue golfing there,” he said. “There’s work I need to do; definitely scoring ability. I’m probably not going to grow any more, but there are guys out there who are are not physically big and they can still win big tournaments. Johnny Oda (the state champion in 2012 at Moanalua and 2014 at Punahou) is killing it at UNLV. He’s (43rd) in the world (World Amateur Golf Ranking). He proves he can get […]

Kalani’s Manta reflects on epic OIA title battle

By Nick Abramo on April 20, 2017

Kalani’s Miki Manta was the reigning Oahu Interscholastic Association girls golf champion on Monday, but by late Tuesday afternoon that title was gone. It was swept away by her fierce rival in the sport, Kaiser’s Malia Nam. Turtle Bay was the site of what can aptly be described as an incredible performance by both players. No hyperbole there, either. It took a while for us to reach Manta and get her thoughts about her one-shot loss, but we did and gave her a chance to tell her tale. During a phone interview Wednesday, one of the first things Manta said was that she has been struggling with her chipping and it continued to be a problem Tuesday. It didn’t hurt […]

Punahou’s Chin and Choi snare ILH titles

By Nick Abramo on April 19, 2017

Andrew Chin is now a two-time individual medalist in Interscholastic League of Honolulu golf. Claire Choi is a first-time ILH champion. The two Punahou student athletes had the hot hands Wednesday at the Turtle Bay Fazio Course to help the Buffanblu become the first school to sweep the ILH boys and girls individual golf titles two years in a row. Punahou has swept the individual awards five times and Kamehameha did it once in 2002. Chin knew it was going to be close as he approached the 18th green. He figured a par would win it. He was correct and did just that on the par-4 closing hole. Afterward, at the urging of teammates, he did pushups with his golf […]

9 playoff golf holes is a rarity at any level

By Nick Abramo on April 19, 2017

For eight playoff holes, Kaiser’s Malia Nam and Kalani’s Miki Manta went shot for shot and toe to toe at the Turtle Bay Fazio Course on Tuesday. And on the ninth extra hole, there was finally a decision. Nam two-putted from about 25 feet for par and it took Manta three shots to get on to the green on Fazio’s par-3 15th. Despite hitting a fat second-shot from the left of the green, Manta nearly kept it tied. On her third do-or-die shot, she pulled out a putter from just off the green and sent it within an inch of the cup … but 5 feet past, handing the OIA championship to Nam. It was a relief for Nam, who […]