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Koga, Kuroiwa earn titles as Moanalua teams dominate

    Moanalua sophomore Eimi Koga went for a relaxing run on the beach before going out and winning the Oahu Interscholastic Association girls golf championship for the second year in a row.

Based on recent history, yesterday’s final round of the Oahu Interscholastic Association golf championships spread the wealth. Moanalua still dominated, but did not sweep all four titles as it had the past two years.

Na Menehune basically clinched both team titles in Monday’s first round at Makaha Resort and Golf Club. Yesterday, Moanalua sophomore Eimi Koga won her second straight girls title and Aiea senior Ryan Kuroiwa held off Tyler Ota’s bid to three-peat among the boys. Koga and Kuroiwa were ruthlessly efficient in search of titles, each hitting 15 greens in regulation.

Campbell got in on the action by edging Aiea by a shot (629 to 630) to take second in the boys team race. That was about all that was up for grabs yesterday. Moanalua was consistently overwhelming, shooting team rounds (best four scores) of 289-290 for a 579 total.

Kuroiwa, headed to the University of Hawaii golf team in the fall, closed with a 2-under-par 70. He had four birdies and two bogeys. The last came on the last hole, which made his two-day total 141 and cut his margin of victory to two over Ota, the only Na Menehune senior.

"I just figured if I didn’t double bogey I’d be OK," said Kuroiwa, who had top-five OIA finishes his first three years. "I was pretty nervous down the stretch. …I was hitting the ball good. I had a lot of opportunities out there, but they didn’t all go in. I was just trying to be steady and not press."

Ota’s final-round 69 was the tournament’s low score. Castle senior Blaine Fujimoto and Moanalua freshman John Oda both finished at 70—144 to tie for third.

All five Na Menehune finished in the top eight, with Jefferson Yee (74—146) fifth, Jared Flores (77—148) seventh and Seung Jae Maeng (77—149) eighth.

Campbell junior Rudy Cabalar, who will defend his state title in three weeks at Waikoloa Village, took sixth at 73—147 and Mililani’s Jonah Fonacier (73—149) shared eighth with Maeng.

The Moanalua girls also skated in after bolting to a 44-shot advantage the first day. Their team total (best three scores) was 478, with Mililani (587) the only other team to break 600.

A year ago, Koga parred the final four holes to overtake Maryssa Shigesato. Koga went into the final round this year with a two-shot cushion over Kalaheo’s Monique Ishikawa. At the turn, the gap was five.

Koga had two birdies and a three-putt bogey. The 2010 Junior World Champion (ages13-14) woke early yesterday and went for a relaxing run on the beach before her walk in the Makaha golf park.

"I was really close to the hole a lot today, but my putting didn’t really work well," she said. "Lots of putts within 15 feet. That helped me. I just wanted to not shoot bad today. The same as yesterday or better. … I just didn’t want to fall apart."

Mililani’s Kristen Sawada (78—158) was third and Moanalua’s Elizabeth Shishido (82—162) fourth. Na Menehune also got top-eight finishes from senior Christine Kobashikawa (84—172) and Ashley Yuen (88—176).

The Moanalua girls have now won four consecutive OIA titles and seven of the past 13. In 2006, they became the only OIA team to win a state title. The Moanalua boys have won the past five OIA championships and are legitimate contenders to become the first OIA team to win a state championship since 1980.

"They practice hard. They practice really hard," said Gordon Yuen, who coaches both Na Menehune teams. "The boys have really good focus, and the ability to play. They play all the open tournaments and have a lot of experience. And they all have good composure. The girls, they all really get along good."

The ILH championships end today at Kapolei. Punahou sophomore Kalena Preus leads the boys after shooting 63 on Monday at Oahu Country Club. ‘Iolani’s Marissa Chow and Punahou’s Kacie Komoto share the girls lead at 71.


1. Moanalua, 579
2. Campbell, 629
3. Aiea, 630
4. Pearl City, 642
5. Mililani, 655
Ryan Kuroiwa, Aiea 71-70–141
Tyler Ota, Moanalua 74-69–143
Blaine Fujimoto, Castle 74-70–144
John Oda, Moanalua 74-70–144
Jefferson Yee, Moanalua 72-74–146
Rudy Cabalar, Campbell 74-73–147
Jared Flores, Moanalua 71-77–148
Seung Jae Maeng, Moanalua 72-77–149
Jonah Fonacier, Mililani 76-73–149
Schyler Murakami, Pearl City 76-76–152
JT Trevathan, Kalaheo 77-76–153
Wen Hao Luo, McKinley 78-77–155
Kahara Sakurai, Kaiser 82-74–156
Nilo Agbayani-Omalza, Camp. 79-78–157
Leelan Julian, Campbell 81-76–157
Mark Ito, Aiea 78-80–158
Colby Takushi, Pearl City 80-78–158
Gavin Shigesato, Mililani 79-80–159
Zach Kaya, Pearl City 78-82–160
Casey Arakaki, Moanalua 85-76–161
Oliver Lam, McKinley 78-84–162
Jay Oshita, Aiea 77-86–163
Chase Lemson, Kaiser 81-84–165
Henry Kahula, Kapolei 85-82–167
Corey Furuya, Leilehua 80-88–168
Naoto Takahashi, Aiea 82-86–168
Skylar Uehara, Campbell 88-80–168
Gabriel Santeco, Kahuku 84-86–170
Ammon Patane, Kahuku 95-76–171
Trever Harris-Lynch, Kapolei 86-86–172
Lucas Kotaka, Pearl City 96-76–172
Terrence Fong, Aiea 84-89–173
Aaron Bumanlag, Mililani 86-87–173
Jefferson Yi, Kalani 87-86–173
Sean Kaya, Mililani 84-90–173
Myungkeun Cho, McKinley 85-89–174
Sean Ibarra, Castle 89-85–174
Chance Hookala, Kailua 87-89–176


1. Moanalua, 478
2. Mililani, 587
3. Leilehua, 609
4. Radford, 613
Eimi Koga, Moanalua 73-71–144
Monique Ishikawa, Kalaheo 75-78–153
Kristen Sawada, Mililani 80-78–158
Elizabeth Shishido, Moanalua 80-82–162
Loreece Magsanide, Camp. 83-82–165
Sydney Maluenda, Kapolei 82-86–168
Christine Kobashikawa, Moa. 88-84–172
Ashley Yuen, Moanalua 88-88–176
Liana Hamada, Roosevelt 88-91–179
Amber Bunch, Leilehua 87-93–180
Samantha Balboa, Pearl City 93-88–181
Catherine Kim, Kalani 90-93–183
Jessie Kresge, Radford 91-94–185
Celeste Fong, Aiea 92-95–187
Lynsie Furuya, Leilehua 97-95–192
Julia Kim, Kalani 101-91–192
Suzie Kresge, Radford 99-95–194
Jaclyn Uhl, Roosevelt 109-94–203
Tiffany Chong, Pearl City 103-101–204
Kanoi Cortez, Kapolei 105-101–206
Leia Hasegawa, Kailua 101-109–210
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