Elftman-Hanson wins title, claims Junior PGA berth
Ariel Elftman-Hanson of Wai-luku won the boys 13-18 division title in the Aloha Junior PGA Championship on Sunday at the Kaanapali Kai Course, finishing at 6-under-par 134 after a second straight round of 3-under 67 for a two-stroke victory.
Rose Huang of Honolulu took the girls 13-18 title, closing with a 72 to finish at 143 and win by six shots.
Elftman-Hanson and Huang qualified for the national Junior PGA Championship, scheduled for July 29-Aug. 1 at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.
“I am both honored and very excited to represent Hawaii next month at the Junior PGA Championship,” Elftman-Hanson said. “I’ve heard that this championship is one of the most prestigious. I hope to play well and meet many new people at the championship.”
Elftman-Hanson’s round was tied for the lowest of the day. Honolulu’s Andrew Chin and Kyle Suppa, who began the day sharing the lead, each shot 71 to tie for second.
A pair of players from Mili-lani, Oahu, tied for second in the girls 13-18 division – Kristin Le (73) and first-round leader Allysha Mae Mateo (79).
Dillon Jonke of Kihei won the boys 10-and-under division, closing with an 85 to finish at 174, seven shots in front of the runner-up, Kahului’s Anson Cabello (88).
The boys 11-12 winner was Honolulu’s Kolbe Irei, who shot 80 to finish at 153. Kula’s Danny Judge (88) was second at 196.
Honolulu’s Millburn Ho won the girls 11-12 division, carding a 75 to finish at 147, one shot ahead of Wailuku’s Lana Calibuso-Kwee (74) Minny Byun of Honolulu won the girls 10-and-under title, closing with a 66 for a 136 total. Haiku’s Summer Wong (78) was second at 155.