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 playing partners, ‘Iolani’s Jacob Torres, pushed to one shot back with a birdie on No. 17. At that time, Mid-Pacific’s Davis Lee was already in the clubhouse, also one shot back.
When Jung and Torres parred the 18th, the drama was over. Jung finished the 36-hole test at 72-70 for a 2-under 142.
Davis was on his heels the whole way. The Owl followed his opening round (which was played at Oahu Country Club on April 15) of 74 with a tidy little 3-under 69. But still not enough. After the round, he went back out to play two more holes, per ILH rule, to break the second-place tie with Torres, and he succeeded in getting the silver medal.
But the day belonged to Jung.
“I was nervous,” Jung said about needing to stay composed over the final holes to get it done. “I’m always nervous, but it’s not that bad. I just played my game. Honestly, I’m happy, but states is more important and that’s my next goal.”
States is where McDonald wants to also do well as an individual and as part of the Owls team.
“We have a team this year,” she said. “So I’m hoping we place really high and do the best we can as a team.”
McDonald’s 77 in the first round at OCC did not faze her. She was still the leader and still confident in her game.
“Winning my first ILH championship is a really big deal for me,” she said. “I wanted to play as good as I could. All my hard work really paid off and I’m really proud of what I was able to accomplish today.”
‘Iolani’s Katrina Huang defeated Raiders teammate Kellie Yamane in a two-hole playoff for the silver medal. They both finished regulation at 155.