Cassy Isagawa turned the Maui Women's Golf Invitational into her own personal send-off party at the Kaanapali Golf Courses.
Isagawa will return for her senior season at the University of Oregon on Aug. 13 coming off a 10-stroke victory, shooting a 1-under-par 70 on Sunday at the Royal Kaanapali Course.
That came a day after her career-low round of 8-under 62 on the Kaanapali Kai Course, one off the women's course record.
Cassy Isagawa follows the flight of her shot off the Royal Kaanapali Course’s 18th tee during the final round of the Maui Women’s Invitational on Sunday.
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Desiree Ting watches a shot off the 18th tee.
The Maui News / ROBERT COLLIAS photo
With a nine-stroke lead going into the final round, Isagawa reached 12 under for the tournament through the front nine before finishing at 9-under 132.
"I think it's a great sign," Isagawa said. "Playing the shorter (women's) tees really helped with my wedge game and my short game. It made me more dependent actually on it, so to shoot low means that my short game is probably coming through."
Desiree Ting (71) finished second at 142, while two-time defending champion Kimberlie Miyamoto and Kalea Heu each shot 73 and tied for third at 145.
The top four finishers are all former Baldwin High School standouts, but this tournament was all about the tenacity of Isagawa, a former state champion for the Bears and the 2010 Junior PGA national champion.
The prodigious driver has won twice in college, and owns the top three season scoring averages in school history.
"I'm excited about my senior year," Isagawa said. "It's my last year, everyone says, 'Go out with a bang,' but I'm just trying to take it slow, try and take it tournament by tournament."
Isagawa's summer has been impressive. She missed qualifying for the U.S. Women's Amateur by one stroke, made the round of 16 at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship and was 14 under at the 36-hole Kapalua Clambake.
She was an honorable mention All-American as a junior, ranked No. 22 in the nation by golfstat.com after her sophomore season and was named a first-team All-American by golfweek.com as a freshman.
Isagawa will attend a month of summer school so she can finish her general social sciences degree in four years, and will try to make the LPGA Tour.
"It is definitely on, I think, every golfer's mind, but after I finish college I do want to try Q-School, you never know," she said. "I will give it a shot and if it doesn't work out in the next few years, I should probably start small somewhere."
Ting said the LPGA is realistic.
"What she did Saturday is just very impressive," Ting said. "Even though the course is short, it's another challenge to score on it. LPGA, definitely possible. She has it. Kalea has it, too."
Heu plays for Utah Valley University and Miyamoto, the 2014 Maui Interscholastic League champion, is headed to Eastern Washington.
"We're very fortunate on Maui to have that talent," Ting said. "They will be the role models for the next generation. They are all good golfers, very good girls."
Ting, who graduated from the University of Hawaii in 2000, then shook her head.
"I'm having a hard time keeping up with these kids," she said. "Cassy is one of the best ever from Maui."
Isagawa was grouped with Miyamoto and Bianca Armanini, another former Baldwin player who now competes at Chico State.
"It was really fun," Miyamoto said. "I mean, not all the time can we get together and we are all back, so it's great to get back with my teammates again."
Heu was one group behind.
"We are all collegiate golfers now," Miyamoto said. "It was a good experience. It's like my first step to playing college golf. Cassy took me under her wing when I was a (high school) freshman."
Isagawa's round on Saturday started with a bogey and included an eagle on the 510-yard eighth hole.
"It was unbelievable actually," Miyamoto said. "She was sinking everything, sticking pins. It was amazing to see. To watch that kind of golf, that's what I get to look forward to in the near future."
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