HSJGA Hawaii at Ka’anapoli’s Courses Crowns its Royalty.
After grinding it out in Saturday’s heat at the Hawaii State Jr. Golf Match Play Championships, second seed Joshua Hayashida outwitted first seed Marshall Kim in 21 holes Sunday to take home the trophy in the Boys 13-14 Championship Match.
Kim ongas 1Up through nine holes on the Kai Course today playing against Joshua Hayashida.
On the 10th hole however, Kim’s drive went out of bounds and Hayashida used this to his advantage, playing it safe off the tee.
‘I knew he would probably double the hole because of the OB so I just played my approach to the back of the green and 2-putt for par to win the hole and put us all square (AS),” said Hayashida.
Hayashida (Boys 13-14), Jung (Boys 15-18) and McDonald (Girls) Take home Trophies in 2018 Ka’anapali Hawaii State Junior Golf Association (HSJGA) Match Play Championship
Lots of Drama at Hawaii State Jr. Golf Match Play Championships
Going into the 18th hole however, Kim was back to 1Up and both had just bogeyed the 17th hole.
Hayashida commented, “I was really frustrated after missing the putt on 17 because I should have made it and been all square going into 18.”
On 18, Kim would miss a six-footer for par and give the putt to Hayashida, sending them into extra hole playoffs.
They both made par on the first and second and headed to the downhill par 3, 3rd.
“I hit my tee shot to the same spot I had in the earlier round with Marshall, just short and right of the pin. I then chipped up to two feet.
Marshall was just behind me at about 6-feet and missed his putt for birdie,” said Hayashida.
Joshua made the final putt to win the match.
He added, “I really enjoyed the (Kai) Course. It played pretty tough this weekend– this event definitely reminded me to just stick to each shot and not get myself down.”
Hayashida earned top honors at the HSJGA Junior Tour Under 14 Series (Big Island), T1 in the HSJGA Junior Tour Under 14 (Maui) and came in 7th in the Aloha Section PGA Junior PGA Championship earlier this year.
In the Boys 15-18 Division…
Peter Jung defeated Alex Kam 2Up in the semi-final round in the morning, moving on to compete in the Championship Match with Noah Koshi, who had defeated Jonathan Morikawa 2&1 earlier in the day.
Koshi was 1Up through the second hole but then Jung went on a birdie hunt with six birdies through holes 8-16 to finish out the match 3&2 over Koshi.
Jung commented on the birdie run, “Anything within 100 yards, I was sticking it and then making everything.”
On the par 3, 14th hole, Jung hit a 4-iron to just short of the pin high left and sank a 40-foot big breaking left to right putt for an impressive birdie.
On the 16th hole and what would be the final hole of the match, both Koshi and Jung hit their drives up the middle.
Koshi hit his approach to one foot and Jung gave him the putt.
Jung then sunk his 5-footer for birdie putt to win the match 3&2.
“We always play together so we know each other’s games pretty well. Today, I just sort of stayed in my zone and was pretty quiet throughout the round,” he stated.\Peter Jung is a sophomore at Maryknoll.
In the Girls 13-18 Division…
Kyung Eun Lee defeated Maui’s only player left in the semi-final championship matches (across all divisions), Lana Calibuso-Kwee 1Up.
Myah McDonald defeated Karissa Kilby 4&2 in the morning round to enter the final Championship Match with Lee.
Eun Lee got off to a good start in the final match with McDonald, stretching her lead to 4Up through 10 holes and then fell back to just 2Up through 14.
“With Kyung up by four at one point and leading most of the match, I just tried to give my best and not give up! In the end, it all worked out,” said Myah.
On the 15th hole, both Eun Lee and Myah hit good shots into the green, but it was McDonald who would sink her 15-footer for birdie.
“That gave me a big boost of confidence for the rest of my round,” said McDonald. Eun Lee bogeyed the 16th to put them at All Square.
On the 17th hole, both girls had great drives up the fairway and McDonald stuck her approach to just a foot which Kyung conceded.
Eun Lee would then go on to bogey the hole, edging McDonald to 1Up headed into 18.
The final hole on the Ka’anapali Kai Course was the first time McDonald had played it because her prior matches hadn’t lasted 18 holes so she was going in blind.
“I knew I had to play it safe because there was water on the hole so I played my wood off the tee, giving me about 140 yards to the pin from there,” McDonald said.
Her approach landed in the middle of the green, the pin in the back.
Kyung was left side, pin high.
McDonald said, “I just told myself I only needed to 2-putt to win and then I almost made my birdie putt, it was a good feeling.”
This is McDonald’s first HSJGA win this year and first time playing in the Match Play Championship. She is a junior at Mid Pacific Institute.
Maui’s Summer Wong competed in the final round for the Consolation Bracket for Girls 13-18 with Honolulu’s Mari Nakamura, which Nakamura won 5&3.
Ka’ena Kaulia defeated Ian Chapital 2Up in the Boys 13-14 Consolation Bracket.
And Pono Yonagi defeated Dillon Ah Chong 2&1 in the Boys 15-18 Consolation Bracket Final round.
For a listing of full results from the weekend’s Championship and Consolation Brackets, visit https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/3694309148721176896?no_header=true&banner=false
The Royal Ka’anapali Course, a Robert Trent Jones Senior design, opened in 1962 and has tested the skills of golf professionals and amateurs alike.
A Par 71 stretching 6,700 yards, the Royal Course combines wide fairways and undulating greens, making it both distinctive and demanding.
Home of the PGA TOUR Champions Ka’anapali Classic for 14 years, the Royal Ka’anapali Course has hosted some of golf’s legends: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, Fred Couples, Billy Casper, Jan Stephenson and Betsey King.
The Ka’anapali Kai Course is a Par 70, 6,400-yard course and boasts an array of strategically placed bunkers, contoured fairways, and re-shaped and resurfaced greens.
This course, host of Golf Channel’s #1 series Big Break Ka’anapali, is a challenge to play and places a premium on strategy off the tee, accuracy with approach shots, and a deft touch around the greens.
In 2005-2007, Ka’anapali Golf Courses invested over $13 million in renovations and infrastructure.
Golf course architect, Robin Nelson, was brought in to oversee the rework of the Ka’anapali Kai Course and enhancements to the championship Royal Ka’anapali Course. Ka’anapali recently celebrated 55 years and was host of the PGA TOUR Champions SKIN GAME January 2008-2011.