The west Maui mountains were blanketed in rain this morning as the 7-10 year olds arrived early to the course. As the trade winds picked up it parted the blanketing rain clouds and raised the heat both on and off the course.
Round two began this morning with Millburn Ho and Joy Callinan tied for first place but it would be Ho to claim the championship title for her division shooting a 78 today, finishing with a two day total of 158 one stroke ahead of Callinan. Lana Calibuso-Kwee finished in third place with a two day total of 182 (91-91).
In the Boys 7-10 division name Ethan Dezzani posted an impressive second round of one over par 71 to finish with a two day total of 149, a seven stroke lead of over Jacob Torres (156). Finishing in 3rd place for the Boys 7-10 division was Go Nakatsukasa from Fukuoka, Japan with a two day total of 159.
For the Boys 11-12 division Evan Kawai from Honolulu held on to his lead after round one to finish today at (151) five strokes ahead of Andy Kang. Andy worked really hard to catch Kawai but fell short by one stroke to post a 77 for round two finishing with a two day total of 163. Rilen Loo would claim the 3rd place finish with his two day total of 163.
As the wind picked up in the afternoon the girls Championship Division (13-18) fought their way around the course. Mariel Galdiano held her ground in the wind as she finished with a two day total of 138. Mariel would also win her age division (13-14) with Rose Huang placing 2nd at 150 and Aiko Leong finishing 3rd at 153. In the girls (15-18) division Marissa Uradomo of Kula, Maui finished 1st with a two day total of 144 and Hansol Koo took 2nd place at 150. There was a tie for 3rd place between Sarah Hasselman and Ciera Min at 151. The tie for 3rd was broken by using the USGA method of matching back nine totals. It would be Ciera’s back nine total of 34 to claim the 3rd place finish for the Girl’s 15-18 division.
In the Boys Championship Division (13-18) John Oda shot an outstanding two day total of 131 to claim the berth for the Boys Junior PGA National Championship. Oda would also go on to win his age division (15-18) place eight strokes ahead of Richard Hattori who would finish 2nd at 139. Finishing in 3rd place one stroke back of Hattori was Zack Braunthal.
For the Boys 13-14 age division Taisei Negishi of Hilo won with a two day total 143. Justin Ngan and Matthew Shen tied for 2nd place with a two day total of 151. The tie for 2nd was broken by the USGA method of matching cards starting with the back nine totals of (37) which Ngan won over Matthew Shen who finished third.
On behalf of the members of the Aloha Section PGA and the Board of Directors we would like to congratulate Mariel Galdiano and John Oda for their exceptional rounds of golf this weekend. We wish them both the best of as they continue on to Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne Indiana to represent Hawaii and compete in the 37th Junior PGA National Championship next month from July 31 – August 3.
We would also like to express a Mahalo nui loa to Ka’anapali Golf Course for hosting this year’s Aloha Section Junior PGA Championship qualifier; more specifically Ed Kageyama, PGA (General Manager) and Sutee Nitakorn (Head Professional as well as their staff members for all their kokua in making this event for our Section a huge success.