Hilo’s Ciera Min charged into seventh place in yesterday’s final round of the 42nd Trusted Choice Big "I" National Championship, at Old York Country Club in Chesterfield, N.J.
Min fired a 2-over-par 74 to get a share of seventh at 303. New Jersey’s Kuriko Tsukiyama won the girls’ title by seven strokes, shooting 72–290. Honolulu’s Alice Kim (80–305) tied for 12th.
On the boys’ side, Lahaina’s Aaron Kunitomo tied for eighth, at 73–292. The winner was Greg Bunner, from North Carolina. He closed with a 71 for a 283 total.
The tournament brought together 102 boys and 54 girls, ages 12-18, from 35 states.
In other golf news yesterday:
» Honolulu’s Eimi Koga is two shots out of first going into today’s final round of the U.S. Kids Teen World Championship at Pinehurst, N.C. Koga, competing in the Girls 14s, shot 73-75 in the first two rounds and trails only Yasemin Sari of Germany. Jino Sohn (78–152) and Colby Takushi (80–164) are in the middle of the pack in the Boys 13s and 14s, respectively.
» Honolulu’s Tyler Ota is tied for eighth in the Boys 16-18 Division after two rounds of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships in Florida. Ota (74–146) is six strokes out of first.
Waipahu’s Thayer Schmitz (81–160) is 91st in the field of 161 and Honolulu’s Quinten Nishime (81–164) is tied for 121st.
In the Girls 16-18’s, Kaneohe’s Monica Keo (76–161) moved up to 31st and is 17 shots out of first. Kristen Sawada, of Mililani, is another shot back after a 79.
» Honolulu’s Alex Ching continued his climb up in the 52nd annual Porter Cup at Niagara Falls (N.Y.) Country Club, shooting a 1-under-par 69 to move into 58th. Ching, who opened with a 77 Wednesday, has a total of 216. There is a three-way tie for first at 202. Former state high school champion Chan Kim (68–208) is tied for 17th.