KAPALUA - The first Anuenue Spring Break Classic didn't start well for Cassy Isagawa, but nobody played better in the final two rounds.
The former Baldwin High School standout, now a nationally ranked freshman for the University of Oregon, had Tuesday's best round - a 1-under-par 71 - on the Kapalua Bay Course.
After an 80 in the first round Monday morning, Isagawa's 1-under 143 over the final two was the best in the field by three strokes. She moved from a tie for 41st after 18 holes to a tie for eighth at the end of the event, nine shots behind the winner, California's Daniela Holmqvist.
Oregon’s Cassy Isagawa follows the flight of her shot off the Kapalua Bay Course’s 17th tee on the way to the low score in Tuesday’s final round of the Anuenue Spring Break Classic, a 71, that put her in a tie for eighth place.
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California’s Daniela Holmqvist lines up a putt on the 13th green
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Oregon State senior Elyse Okada watches her putt on the second hole Tuesday at the Kapalua Bay Course.
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"I surprised myself a little bit today," said Isagawa, who now has six top-10 finishes in eight college tournaments, with 16 of her 24 rounds at par or better. "I started off just really consistent, making pars, hitting greens and it just so happened that I finished well. I was really satisfied with the way I played today."
Holmqvist won by four shots after a 76 left her at 2-under 214. It was the second career title for Holmqvist, a senior who won the Conference USA championship as a freshman at Tulane.
"It was a little tougher today, it was very windy and the pin placements were hard," Holmqvist said. "I feel like the greens also dried out a little, so it didn't spin as much as it did yesterday. It was definitely tough and I also had a lot of nerves going in today."
Pepperdine's Alina Ching (77), a Punahou graduate, was the runner-up.
Holmqvist's effort left the Golden Bears two strokes short of team champion Colorado, ranked 14th in the nation by golfstat.com. Colorado finished at 25-over 889 after a score of 301 in the final round.
Cal, ranked 15th, closed with a 300, as did No. 13 Tennessee, which finished another shot back.
"We are happy because now we decided we have to come back next year and defend," Colorado coach Anne Kelly said at the awards luncheon for Maui's first women's college golf tournament. "I think this event is going to turn into one of the best events in the country because everybody is going to hear how beautiful this course is, how well we were treated and how gorgeous it is here. Everybody is going to want to come."
The 22nd-ranked Ducks (308) tied for seventh in the 14-team event at 920.
Isagawa has three runner-up finishes, but the 2010 Junior PGA champion is still looking for her first college win.
"I feel like every tournament, every practice, I learn a little bit of something, whether it is just about golf, about life, about my physical ability, my mental ability," she said. "As each day goes by, I always learn something."
Two former Maui High players were competing - Hawaii's Liana Otake (79) finished at 239, in a tie for 47th, and Oregon State's Elyse Okada (87) was 65th at 250.
Another former member of Maui Junior Golf was in the field - UH-Hilo junior Dayna Bersamin withdrew Monday with a sore shoulder.
"It says a lot, we have a great program here and we need to keep it up," said Okada, a senior and four-time MIL champion who competed this week as an individual. "We have talent, we are a smaller island in numbers, but it is about dedication, and hard work, and we have a lot of girls who have that here."
The Rainbow Wahine (316) finished 11th, at 91 over, in a tournament that had seven teams ranked in the top 50.
"I really hope this tournament continues because it was so much fun being able to play at home," Otake said.
* Robert Collias is at email@example.com
Anuenue spring break classic
Tuesday's Final Round
At Kapalua Bay Course
|Daniela Holmqvist, California||68-70-76—214||-2|
|Alina Ching, Pepperdine||69-72-77—218||+2|
|Jennifer Coleman, Colorado||74-71-75—220||+4|
|Haley Millsap, Mississippi||75-73-73—221||+5|
|A.J. Newell, Tennessee||72-73-76—221||+5|
|Fabiola Arriaga, UTSA||74-74-74—222||+6|
|Joanne Lee, California||75-72-75—222||+6|
|Alex Stewart, Colorado||76-74-73—223||+7|
|Cassy Isagawa, Oregon||80-72-71—223||+7|
|Whitney French, Oregon St.||71-75-77—223||+7|
|Sara Monberg, Tennessee||75-74-74—223||+7|
|Shannon Jungman, UTSA||76-74-74—224||+8|
|Jessica Wallace, Colorado||73-72-79—224||+8|
|Emily Talley, Colorado||76-72-77—225||+9|
|Ericka Schneider, Mississippi||76-72-78—226||+10|
|Anica Yoo, Oregon St.||75-75-76—226||+10|
|Erica Popson, Tennessee||75-75-76—226||+10|
|Nathalie Mansson, Tennessee||79-71-77—227||+11|
|Chessey Thomas, Tennessee||74-75-78—227||+11|
|Ashley Edwards, Oregon||75-77-75—227||+11|
|Natalie Gleadall, Mississippi||76-74-77—227||+11|
|Louisa Lies, Fresno St.||76-75-76—227||+11|
|Haley Sanders, Mississippi||73-75-80—228||+12|
|Kaitlyn Rohrback, Tennessee||77-77-74—228||+12|
|Joi Pentin, California||75-76-78—229||+13|
|Nicola Roessler, California||74-76-80—230||+14|
|Emily Childs, California||78-80-72—230||+14|
|Miyu Nakai, Osaka Gakuin||82-72-77—231||+15|
|Liv Cheng, Pepperdine||73-75-83—231||+15|
|Paola Valerio, UTSA||79-76-76—231||+15|
|Nikki Prichard, Nevada||82-74-76—232||+16|
|Cheyenne Hickle, Oregon||78-74-81—233||+17|
|Seshia Lei Telles, Oregon St.||80-73-80—233||+17|
|Caitlin McCleary, Seattle||75-77-81—233||+17|
|Jaqueline Williams, California||78-78-77—233||+17|
|Kristin Coleman, Colorado||80-78-76—234||+18|
|Ayame Morii, Osaka Gakuin||83-77-74—234||+18|
|Somin Lee, Pepperdine||79-82-74—235||+19|
|Kaitlin Drolson, Pepperdine||77-78-80—235||+19|
|Louise Yi, Nevada||76-78-81—235||+19|
|Madchen Ly, Fresno St.||80-78-77—235||+19|
|Charlee Kapiioho, Hawaii||80-81-76—237||+21|
|Kristen Sawada, Hawaii-Hilo||80-79-78—237||+21|
|Christine Uhalde, Fresno St.||82-77-79—238||+22|
|Lauren Sewell, Oregon St.||79-77-82—238||+22|
|Taylor Newlin, UTSA||81-78-79—238||+22|
|Raphaela Dyer, Oregon||82-75-82—239||+23|
|Ayumi Takeuchi, Osaka Gakuin||84-77-78—239||+23|
|Kaili Britos, Hawaii||83-77-79—239||+23|
|Liana Otake, Hawaii||79-81-79—239||+23|
|Erika Lundberg, Hawaii||78-80-82—240||+24|
|Madeleine Ystrom, Hawaii||85-76-80—241||+25|
|Danielle Gillaspy, Pepperdine||83-78-80—241||+25|
|Cali Hipp, Oregon||81-79-81—241||+25|
|Nicole Gaddie, Seattle||81-81-80—242||+26|
|Alex Borcherts, Nevada||81-82-79—242||+26|
|Taylor Doyle, Colorado||86-79-77—242||+26|
|Shaylee Yano, Fresno St.||77-78-88—243||+27|
|Ashley Lance, Mississippi||83-77-83—243||+27|
|Shannon Quinn, Seattle||83-76-84—243||+27|
|Taylor Bickell, Nevada||79-79-89—247||+31|
|Alyssa Randolph, Mississippi||89-78-80—247||+31|
|Summer Batiste, UTSA||79-87-81—247||+31|
|Lori Pearson, Seattle||91-77-81—249||+33|
|Elyse Okada, Oregon St.||81-82-87—250||+34|
|Joyce Chong, Nevada||86-81-84—251||+35|
|Monica Keo, Seattle||82-86-83—251||+35|
|Rachael Fischer, Oregon St.||85-83-84—252||+36|
|Futaba Takimoto, Osaka Gakuin||84-83-85—252||+36|
|Christine Cook, Seattle||87-82-84—253||+37|
|Chihiro Yamamoto, Osaka Gakuin||85-85-85—255||+39|
|Anna DePalma, Hawaii||88-83-84—255||+39|
|Megan Inouye, Hawaii||87-81-88—256||+40|
|Erika Morihiro, Hawaii-Hilo||80-90-86—256||+40|
|Brigitte Baker, Hawaii||83-83-91—257||+41|
|Nyssa Aoki, Hawaii-Hilo||90-88-85—263||+47|
|Alison Timlin, Fresno St.||89-91-88—268||+52|
|Michelle Grome, Seattle||90-93-89—272||+56|