Lee trails by five shots at Kaanapali
KAANAPALI — Shortly after Chad Lee signed for a 1-over-par 72 before lunch Thursday on the Royal Kaanapali Golf Course, the St. Anthony High School junior had a quick thought.
“I’m not sure what everyone is going to shoot, but the closing four holes are playing real tough,” Lee said after his first round of the David S. Ishii Foundation Boys State Championship. “So, I’m going to be right there coming into tomorrow.”
Lee was right — he ended the day tied for fourth place, five strokes behind the leader, Moanalua’s Jun Ho Won.
Lee played in the first group of the day, teeing off at 6:30 a.m. He awoke at 4 in Wailuku and reached the course at 5:30.
“That’s the earliest round of my life, by far,” Lee said.
As the day wore on, the scores went higher with the exception of a few players — including Won, who carded his 67 in the next-to-last group.
Mid-Pacific’s Zackary Kaneshiro was two shots back, and Punahou’s Rilen Loo, Lee’s playing partner, was third at even par.
Lee was 2 under through 14 holes before recording three bogeys on the final four holes, and was tied with Iolani’s William Asai.
“I can’t say I’m disappointed, but the way I finished I’m pretty happy with it — it’s a good score for today,” Lee said. “Tomorrow, I will have the same mindset I had today, just play my game, make good shots.”
Three-time Maui Interscholastic League champion Justin Arcano of Baldwin finished at 75 with five bogeys on the back nine, including three straight to close the round. Arcano was in the final group and his round took more than five hours to complete.
“I felt like since we had a later tee time it was just way harder,” Arcano said. “The wind picked up and when the wind would help us usually on 16, 17 and 18, it switched. That made it hard again.”
Arcano birdied Nos. 1 and 6, and made the turn at 1 under.
“I played the first two holes with no wind thinking, ‘Oh, I will go low today,’ “ Arcano said. “And then it picked up to, like, 30 mph.”
Won is the Oahu Interscholastic Association champion and tied for second in the state last year.
His 67 came with six birdies — four on the front nine — with three-putt bogeys on 11 and 13.
“I can’t complain about it,” Won said. “I made a lot of birdies, so it was a good round.”
Won agreed that the weather made things tougher as the day wore on.
“My first nine, the conditions were easy — that’s why I got four birdies without any bogeys,” he said. “Then the back nine came and the wind started to, like, blow really hard.”
Won said the lead will not affect his approach.
“It’s just the first day, no one knows who’s going to win tomorrow,” he said. “My mindset will be that I’m back to even, tied for the lead. Just have got to grind out every hole.”
Kaneshiro posted his 2-under 69 more than an hour before Won finished.
“It was definitely getting a lot harder midway through the round,” Kaneshiro said. “The wind picked up I would say around (No.) 5 to probably 16.”
He finished with 14 pars, three birdies and one bogey.
“I just tried to make as many pars as possible. It was pretty boring, but I tried to play boring golf today, hit greens, fairways,” Kaneshiro said. “I can’t wait for tomorrow. This is my last year to play high school golf, so I just want to have a lot of fun, make it worthwhile.”
* Robert Collias is at email@example.com.
David S. Ishii Foundation Boys Golf State Championhip
Thursday’s First Round
At Royal Kaanapali Course
Iolani 294, Punahou 301, Moanalua 307, Roosevelt 309, Maui High 337, Waiakea 337, Kalani 344, Mililani 351, Kauai 355, Hilo 360.
Jun Ho Won, Moanalua 33-34–67 -4
Zack Kaneshiro, Mid-Pacific 35-34–69 -2
Rilen Loo, Punahou 37-34–71 E
William Asai, Iolani 35-37–72 +1
Chad Lee, St. Anthony 35-37–72 +1
David S. Ishii Foundation Boys Golf State Championship
Thursday’s First Round
At Royal Kaanapali Course
Jun Ho Won, Moanalua 33-34–67
Zack Kaneshiro, Mid-Pacific 35-34–69
Rilen Loo, Punahou 37-34–71
William Asai, Iolani 35-37–72
Chad Lee, St. Anthony 35-37–72
Trevor Arashiro, Iolani 40-33–73
Remington Hirano, Punahou 37-36–73
Alex Kam, Hawaii Baptist 36-37–73
Kengo Aoshima, Iolani 42-32–74
Kel Kamelamela-Dudoit, KSK 38-36–74
Jordan Terada, Maui High 39-35–74
Aj Teraoka, Moanalua 36-38–74
Blaze Akana, KS Kapalama 40-35–75
Justin Arcano, Baldwin 36-39–75
Kolbe Irei, Roosevelt 38-37–75
Evan Kawai, Punahou 42-33–75
Andrew Otani, Iolani 41-34–75
Andrew Chin, Punahou 37-39–76
Adam Chiya, Roosevelt 40-36–76
Sequoia Logan, Kahuku 38-39–77
Adam Quandt, Maui Prep 39-38–77
Cole Shintaku, Punahou 35-42–77
Gunwook Baik, Roosevelt 39-39–78
Ethan Finau, Saint Louis 40-38–78
Riley Kaneshiro, Hilo 40-38–78
Shon Katahira, Waiakea 41-37–78
Alexander Rambaud, Mililani 40-38–78
Marlon Bottorff, Maui High 37-42–79
Nicholas Furusho, Leilehua 38-41–79
Ray Kim, Moanalua 38-41–79
Ryan Kong, Punahou 43-36–79
Davis Lee, Mid-Pacific 38-41–79
Aiden Oki, Waiakea 38-41–79
Jensen Powley, Lahainaluna 40-39–79
Matthew Rosato, Makua Lani 40-39–79
Daniel Lott, Roosevelt 42-38–80
Kane Rogers, Punahou 36-44–80
Pono Yanagi, KS Hawaii 37-43–80
Caleb Ah Mow, Hanalani 42-39–81
Beau Johnston, Maui Prep 42-39–81
Adam Lei, Kaiser 39-42–81
Curtis Meares, Kalani 40-41–81
Justin Ngan, Baldwin 43-38–81
Kala’i Pomroy, KS Hawaii 41-40–81
Ryker Moriwaki, KS Kapalama 39-43–82
Tyson Tonokawa, Maryknoll 42-41–83
Ethan Hironaga, Hilo 42-42–84
Isaiah Kanno, Waiakea 40-44–84
Robert Choi, Kalani 46-39–85
Deven Kimoto, Kauai 46-39–85
Reece Valencia, Island School 46-39–85
Dane Abarra, KS Maui 45-41–86
Austin Baker, Campbell 46-40–86
Mason Nakamura, HBA 42-44–86
Kyle Sparks, Seabury Hall 41-45–86
Marc Agpawa, Waiakea 45-42–87
John Andrade, KS Hawaii 44-43–87
Asher Aspili, Maui High 45-42–87
Toby Baladad, Kaiser 45-42–87
Samisoni Fotofili, Kahuku 44-43–87
Peter Jung, Moanalua 40-47–87
Noah Miller, St. Anthony 48-39–87
Ikaia Bernardino, Saint Louis 47-41–88
John Kaylan Dumo, Baldwin 44-44–88
Christian Ganir, Kauai 44-44–88
Andrew Hipolito, Mililani 47-41–88
Logen Kupahu, Kailua 44-44–88
Kody Laguire, Waiakea 42-46–88
Noah Lau, Iolani 41-47–88
Jonathan Morikawa, Punahou 47-41–88
Bryce Richardson, Radford 43-45–88
Jarryd Gano, Mililani 40-49–89
Brayden Miguel, Kalani 46-43–89
Cody Pinzon, Hilo 44-45–89
Kaito (Kalani) Frazier, Kapolei 49-41–90
Kaylan Ha, Moanalua 46-44–90
Jacob Pritchard, Castle 47-43–90
A. J. Apalla, Kauai 47-44–91
Christopher Asis, Pearl City 48-43–91
Nick Esposo, Waimea 46-45–91
Kamden Nii, Kauai 43-48–91
Braydon Teshima, Waiakea 45-46–91
Hudson Holland, Maui Prep 44-48–92
Kekoa Eisenhour, Kapaa 45-48–93
Brendan Baker, Campbell 46-48–94
Bushnell Martin, Waialua 47-47–94
Kanoa Nii, Kauai 48-47–95
Matt Ramelb, Lahainaluna 46-49–95
Trent Nakasato, Mililani 47-49–96
Sung Jae Ko, Kalani 47-50–97
Kaleb Maikmoto, Maui High 50-47–97
Colby Gunderson, Castle 51-47–98
Riku Omata, Waiakea 48-50–98
Dylan Manibog, Maui High 53-47–100
Christian Agullana, Kalaheo 53-48–101
Tyler Kuanoni, Hilo 51-58–109