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One by one, prep golfers see favorite courses close shop

By Paul Honda on March 22, 2020

It was too good to last for Kolbe Irei and other high school golfers. When schools suspended classes and spring sports due to the COVID-19 virus, student-athletes in most sports were left hanging without any way, any place to keep working out. The exception was golf, which is off campus. Then the municipal courses shut down. For Irei, a Roosevelt senior who won the OIA’s first three tournaments, there was a sanctuary at his nearby golf course, Oahu Country Club. […]

The last sanctuary: Kolbe Irei still gets his swings in

By Paul Honda on March 20, 2020

A little normalcy is what many athletes are craving during this COVID-19 crisis. Kolbe Irei is counting his blessings. The Roosevelt senior won his first three OIA tournaments this spring before schools were closed. He also got in the Hawaii State Amateur tourney, finishing second. But the day to day remains mostly the same. Irei took a four-day break before hitting the links at his home course, Oahu Country Club, on Thursday. Trades 5-15 mph. Overcast. Even if weather had […]

VIDEO: Roosevelt golfer Kolbe Irei rates Hawaii’s toughest courses

By Paul Honda on March 10, 2020

At the end of a lengthy Q&A session, Roosevelt senior Kolbe Irei chats about the many courses he has played on, often with his father, Roy. Irei was featured in Tuesday’s Star-Advertiser. He has already won all three OIA regular-season tournaments at Ala Wai, where he carded a 66, Hoakalei (69) and Oahu Country Club (66).

Q&A: Roosevelt golfer Kolbe Irei is the ‘Miracle Baby’

By Paul Honda on March 10, 2020

His parents got to witness a miracle years ago. Roy and Avis had no idea that their son, a little boy dubbed “Miracle Baby” by his doctor, would become one of the best junior golfers in Hawaii. Kolbe Irei is staking new territory for Roosevelt as a two-time OIA runner-up who has now won the first three tournaments of the regular season. His 66 at Oahu Country Club on a blustery Monday morning is the latest in a hot streak […]

Kaimuki alum Chan Kim shoots first-round 75 at Open Championship

By Jerry Campany on July 18, 2019

Former Kaimuki golf standout Chan Kim will have some work to do if he wants to play into the weekend at Royal Portrush. Kim, who won the Hawaii state championship in 2006, shot a 75 at the 148th Open Championship in Northern Ireland today, leaving him in 75th place when he walked off the course. Kim started his day with a double bogey and was 4 over after doing the same on the fourth hole. He birdied Nos. 5, 7, […]

Mid-Pacific’s Jake Sequin, Hawaii Baptist win state boys golf

By Jerry Campany on May 10, 2019

Mid-Pacific sophomore Jake Sequin slept on a two-shot lead after the first day of the David S. Ishii Foundation Hawaii State Boys Golf Championships, and it appears he slept well. Sequin birdied three of his first five holes in his final round at Waikoloa’s King’s Course and then dropped another birdie at the last to hold off Roosevelt’s Kolbe Irei for the state title. Sequin shot a 71 on Friday, carding the same score as Irei to finish with the […]

Leilehua freshman Leia Chung grabs state golf gold

By Jerry Campany on May 8, 2019

Punahou’s dominance in state girls golf came to an end on Wednesday, and judging by the youth of the girls above it at the 2019 David S. Ishii Foundation Girls Golf Championships at Waikoloa, the Buffanblu will have their hands full if they to regain it. Leilehua freshman Leia Chung took medalist honors by two strokes over Moanalua junior Tagirilani Luafalealo. Sophomore Lacey Uchida led Waiakea to the team title, with sophomore Kailey Oda and freshmen Kiersten Saludares and Elle […]

Peter Jung and Myah McDonald capture ILH golf gold

By Nick Abramo on April 24, 2019

Two victories. One drama. One not so much. Maryknoll’s Peter Jung finished one shot better than two competitors to win the ILH individual boys golf championship and gold medal at the Turtle Bay Fazio Course on Wednesday. Over on the girls side, Mid-Pacific’s Myah McDonald shot a bogey-free, 3-under 69 to take the crown by nine shots. Jung was steady down the stretch. After birdies on Nos. 12 through 14, he came home with four straight pars. One of his […]