Hirano wins ILH title with heavy heart

Punahou's Remington Hirano and Karissa Kilby won ILH individual golf championships at the Turtle Bay Fazio Course on Tuesday. Nick Abramo / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Punahou’s Remington Hirano shot a 2-under 70 to win the Interscholastic League of Honolulu golf championship Wednesday at the Turtle Bay Fazio Course.

Hirano finished the two-round tournament at 2-under 142, four shots clear of Buffanblu teammate Kane Rogers, who closed with a 71.

A senior, Hirano had his coach of 11 years, the late Lance Suzuki, on his mind throughout Wednesday’s round.

“My coach, Lance Suzuki, passed away last summer, and it was hard to stay focused knowing that. But it was a good grind out there.”

Suzuki, who had 43 tournament victories in the state, is a Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame member.

“I tried to think about staying confident and staying in the moment and grinding it out,” Hirano said. “He (Lance) was a really tough guy. Every time he played, he would really focus. He wasn’t there to make friends necessarily. He had to go out and try to win. I take a little bit of that (with me), for sure.”

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