Nam takes hold of her third OIA golf title

Malia Nam is the OIA's first three-time champion since Eimi Koga of Moanalua in 2010-12. Dennis Oda / Star-Advertiser

Kaiser senior Malia Nam shot a 6-under 66 as a part of a two-round total of 8-under 136 to win her third OIA girls golf championship Tuesday at the Turtle Bay Fazio Course.

Nam also won the titles when she was a freshman and in a nine-hole playoff against Kalani’s Miki Manta as a junior. As a sophomore, she lost to Manta.

Nam will go for her first state title next week at the Fazio Course.

“I’m glad I played well because states is in about a week here at the same course and I have a good feeling that I can play well here again,” she said. “I felt confident when I stepped up to putt.”

She finished seven shots ahead of playing partner Tagiralani Luafalealo of Moanalua, who started the day two shots behind Nam and couldn’t catch up despite a 1-under 71.

On the boys side, Moanalua senior Aj Teraoka two-putted from off the green from about 14 feet to edge Roosevelt’s Kolbe Irei by one shot.

Teraoka’s 1-under 71 along with his 3-under 69 on Monday left him at 4-under 140.

Irei, a sophomore for the Rough Riders, needed to chip in on the final hole from 25 feet and put it three feet past.

“But it missed the hole by about two inches,” Irei said.

Teraoka had four birdies and three bogeys in his final round and was fortunate when Irei – who was 6 under at the time – hit a tree and then missed a 3-foot bogey putt on the day’s 15th hole (the Fazio sixth).

“I grinded it out this week,” Teraoka said. “I didn’t hit the ball too good, didn’t hit any fairways at all on Monday and I had a four-putt, but I didn’t make too many mistakes.”

The Kaiser girls and Moanalua boys also won the team titles.

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