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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nam outlasts Manta in OIA golf classic

By Hawaii Prep World on April 18, 2017

Kaiser’s Malia Nam and Kalani’s Miki Manta — the previous two OIA individual golf medalists — engaged in a classic duel on the golf course at Turtle Bay on Tuesday with Nam outlasting Manta in nine playoff holes to claim her second OIA title in three years. Nam two-putted from roughly 25 feet on the par-3 15th hole at the Fazio Course to snatch the victory after Manta’s tee shot went left of the green. Manta attempted a putt from off the […]

Kaiser’s Nam shooting for 2nd OIA golf title

By Christian Shimabuku on April 16, 2017

One stroke was all that separated Kasier’s Malia Nam and Kalani’s Miki Manta at last year’s OIA girls’ golf championships. Nam was gunning for OIA title No. 2 at the time, having won the previous year as a freshman. Instead, Manta pulled ahead for a 5-over 149 over two days to come out on top. And thus, another chapter in the rivalry between two of the top juniors in the state was closed. Although Nam considers Manta to be a […]

Kaiser’s Nam invited to LPGA qualifying

By Jerry Campany on March 17, 2017

Kaiser golfer Malia Nam will represent Hawaii in qualifying for the LPGA’s first major tournament of the season. Nam, the 2015 OIA champion, will compete with 39 of the world’s best female junior golfers for a spot in the ANA Inspiration beginning March 27 at Mission Hills Country Club in California. “It is such an honor to be selected from Honolulu and playing amongst top junior golfers from all over the world,” Nam said in a release. “Qualifying for the […]

ILH boys tame Hawaii Prince

By Jerry Campany on March 15, 2017

The number of rounds in the 60s in ILH competition doubled on Wednesday, when two boys took advantage of the conditions in the league’s fourth tournament. Punahou senior Andrew Chin shot his second sub-70 round in three starts with a 67 at Hawaii Prince on Wednesday, the lowest score in the ILH this year. Chin opened the season with a 69 at Mililani. Teammate Remington Hirano finished two strokes back on the Ewa plains for his lowest score of the […]

Kalani’s Manta collects first win of golf season

By Jerry Campany on March 14, 2017

With Kaiser’s Malia Nam not in the field, Miki Manta of Kalani earned her first win of the OIA golf season on Monday at Hoakalei Golf Course. Manta, the reigning OIA champion, shot a 76 on the par-72 layout to beat the field by seven strokes. Teammate Michelle Kim was second with an 83 and nobody else broke 90 but the Falcons had three of the top four golfers with Melissa Yago taking fourth with a 92. It was the […]