Hawaii thrived at home, winning the 35th annual Girls’ Junior America’s Cup today at Wailea Gold on Maui.
Eimi Koga, Mariel Galdiano, Ciera Min and Rose Huang held off a charge from Southern California to win by one shot. Galdiano got it, birdieing the final hole.
Hawaii’s youngest participant — Galdiano is about to begin her freshman year at Punahou — closed with a 2-under-par 70. She and Koga (72), a Moanalua senior, tied for third individually at 2-under 214. All four Hawaii players were in the top 16, with Huang (77—222), an ‘Iolani sophomore, finishing 15th and Min (76—223), a Waiakea senior, 16th.
Medalist was Southern California’s Elisabeth Bernabe, who finished at 211 after shooting 71. Southern Nevada’s Alexandra Kaui, originally from Kapolei, was second at 71—213.
It is Hawaii’s third America’s Cup championship, and second in three years.