UHH-bound Igawa learns from play, eager to improve


KEALAKEKUA ­— Andi Igawa played her last Hawaii State Junior Golf Association event on Wednesday, but it won’t be her final competitive round on the Big Island.

The Waiakea High School graduate and Big Island Interscholastic Federation champion said that she has committed to play at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Her performance at the King Auto Group 13-18 State Junior Championship, which wrapped up at The Club at Hokulia on Wednesday, showed where she needs to improve.

“I think I just need to work on my short game,” she said after shooting a second-round 83 and finishing 21 strokes behind winner Rose Huang of Honolulu in the girls’ 15-18 division. “My long hitting is fine. I just have to work on putting and chipping. If I can get those down, I’ll be OK.”

Huang shot a 3-under 69 in the second round to finish with a tournament-best 140. Allisen Corpuz of Honolulu finished second in the division with a 145.

Honolulu’s Shawn Lu fired a 2-under 70 to overtake first-round leader Kyle Suppa, who finished a stroke back after carding a 3-over 75 on Wednesday, in the boys’ 15-18 division.

Waiakea’s Shon Katahira finished 12th after shooting 78 for the second consecutive day. Kamehameha School’s Preston-Lee Ching (84-81-165) and Waiakea’s Trevor Hirata (87-79-166) finished 18th and 19th, respectively.

Allysha Mae Mateo of Mililani shot 76 – five shots better than her opening round – to win the girls’ 13-14 division, where Waiakea’s Kaelyn Uchida went 91-90-181.

Honolulu’s Evan Kawai also improved, with a 73 on Wednesday, to take the boys’ 13-14 title with 149. Kamehameha’s Pono Yanagi finished fourth after going 83-85-168.

Despite finishing in a tie for 10th place, Igawa said she’s playing better than she did when she won the BIIF title in the spring.

“I think I could use a little more practice, but I’ve noticed that my game has progressed a little bit more,” she said. “For BIIFs I shot 88 and still won with that. I think I got way better. I just have got to get more consistent.”

Igawa is considering majoring in education and said that UH-Hilo is strong in that area. Staying in Hilo could also help her academically.

“I really wanted to stay home after I thought about it for a while,” she said. “Initially, I was going to go to the mainland. It’s a better transition, for schooling, anyway.”

Notes: By winning their divisions Kawai, Mateo, Huang and Lu earned invitations to play in the Japan High School Golf Championship from Aug. 7-9 in Yamaguchi, Japan. … Suppa, Lu, Kyosuke Hara and Spencer Dunaway earned the right to represent Hawaii in the Junior America’s Cup while Malia Nam, Aiko Leong, Mari Nishiura and Kristin Le claimed spot on the girls’ team. … Zackary Kaneshiro, Justin Williamson, Tyler Munetake and Justin Ngan qualified for the Eddie Hogan Cup. … Mateo, Leong, Nishiura and Le earned spots in the Mary Cave Cup.

King Auto Group 13-18

State Junior Championship

At The Club at Hokulia

Boys 15-18

Shawn Lu, Honolulu 74-70-144

Kyle Suppa, Honolulu 70-75-145

Zackary Kaneshiro, Aiea 74-72-146

Kyosuke Kevin Hara, Hon. 74-75-149

Colin Laszlo, Waipahu 75-75-150

Andrew Chin, Honolulu 79-72-151

Keegan Loo, Lihue 74-77-151

Tyler Munetake, Wailuku 73-78-151

Justin Jay Arcano, Wailuku 77-75-152

Justin Williamson, Honolulu 76-76-152

Spencer Dunaway, Mililani 76-78-154

Shon Katahira, Hilo 78-78-156

Cole Shinataku, Honolulu 76-81-157

Desmond Mello, Kaneohe 76-92-158

Jamie Amimoto, Lihue 79-80-159

Justin Ngan, Wailuku 83-79-162

Trevor Arashiro, Honolulu 80-83-163

Preston-Lee Ching, Hilo 84-81-165

Trevor Hirata, Hilo 87-79-166

Remington Hirano, Hon. 80-89-169

Nathaniel Idica, Wailuku 90-86-176

Matthew Shen, Kapolei 89-92-181

Reyn Shiraishi, Honolulu 97-89-186

Girls 15-18

Rose Huang, Honolulu 71-69-140

Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu 72-73-145

Kaci Masuda, Honolulu 74-74-148

Aiko Leong, Honolulu 74-77-151

Kristin Le, Aiea 73-80-153

Annika Espino, Honolulu 74-81-155

Mari Nishiura, Mililani 79-77-156

K. Miyamaoto, Kahului 78-79-158

Jasmine Cabajar, Wailuku 76-84-160

Kirsten Ishikawa, Pukalani 81-80-161

Andi Igawa, Hilo 78-83-161

Z. Akagi-Bustin, Wahiawa 81-82-163

Caitlyn Villatora, Lahaina 85-80-165

Naea Oda, Kapaa 88-80-168

Keilyn Ing, Honolulu 86-84-170

Ji Hae Lee, Honolulu 81-89-170

K.Akemi Shimizu, Wailuku 84-90-174

Caylyn Villatora, Lahaina 89-93-182

Boys 13-14

Evan Kawai, Honolulu 76-73-149

Ray Kim, Honolulu 75-86-161

Aj Kioki Teraoka, Honolulu 84-78-162

Pono Yanagi, Hilo 83-85-168

Andrew Otani, Honolulu 85-86-171

MinJae Kang, Honolulu 86-86-172

Rilen Loo, Lihue 87-86-173

Jordan Terada, Kahului 85-88-173

Nathaniel Anderson, Paradise Valley 79-95-174

Jonathan Morikawa, Hon. 93-83-176

Acey Yanagishita, Honolulu DQ

Girls 13-14

A. Mae Mateo, Mililani 81-76-156

Malia Nam, Kailua 74-86-160

Lorraine Char, Waianae 80-83-163

Kamie Hamada, Aiea 86-86-172

Jaelin Ishikawa, Pukalani 90-90-180

Kaelyn Uchida, Hilo 91-90-181

 

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