Sabers respond with victory over Na Pueo

Maui High School’s Jordan Terada putts on the fifth hole during the Sabers’ 160-172 win over Maui Prep on Saturday afternoon at Waiehu Municipal Golf Course. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

WAIEHU — Jordan Terada knew how important Saturday was to the Maui High School boys golf team.

The defending Maui Interscholastic League champions were coming off a one-stroke loss to Maui Prep three days earlier at the Kapalua Bay Course.

Terada responded with his second straight 2-under showing, firing a 34 at Waiehu Municipal Golf Course to guide the Sabers to a crucial 160-172 victory.

The result left both teams at 5-1, right behind Seabury Hall (6-0) with two weeks and four matches to play in the team portion of the season.

“I love the competitiveness of these guys,” Terada said. “They’re great competitors and it’s just fun, it adds to the match. I believe that on a good day everybody can compete out here against each other.”

Maui High’s Marlon Bottorf chips onto the fifth green Saturday. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Terada chipped in from 45 yards for an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole and finished with a birdie on No. 9. He bogeyed the seventh.

“We’ve got some great teams out here, so you always want to be on your game in order to win,” said Terada, a senior who has already signed a golf scholarship agreement with Saint Martin’s University in November.

Terada was the top MIL boys finisher at the state tournament last year — fourth place, which matched his finish in the MIL individual tournament.

“Honestly, I want it all,” Terada said. “I want to win individually, I want to win as a team and I want to try to win states, too.”

He was backed up by a 38 from Marlon Bottorf, a 43 from Kaleb Makimoto and a 45 from Asher Aspili. The Sabers’ non-scorer was Noah Manual at 52.

Griffin Gibson of Maui Prep tees off on the sixth hole. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

“After that loss by one stroke, today showed me what they’re made of,” Maui High coach Lee Sakugawa said. “Jordan’s been sick. At Kapalua, he shot 2 under and today he shot another 2 under, so he’s doing real well.”

The team season ends with the top three in the standings battling it out head-to-head. The Sabers face Kamehameha Maui this week and finish with a pair against Seabury Hall.

“There’s no breathers, no breathers at all,” Sakugawa said. “You have got to win every match, one loss can cost you the MIL (title), so we’ve got to keep grinding and just hanging in there.”

Na Pueo takes on Seabury Hall twice this week. Beau Johnston shot 40, Akiva Bluh 42, Hudson Holland 43 and Griffin Gibson 47 for MPA on Saturday. Jerome Samari was the nonscorer at 58.

“Again, another dogfight between the three of us,” MPA coach Chris Armanini said. “More or less, Seabury’s team is a solid team and we’re not going to take it lightly. We’ve got to go in there and play our hearts out.”

Na Pueo’s Beau Johnston hits off the fifth tee. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com

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