Guzman repeats, Terada prevails in Sabers sweep
KAPALUA — Jordan Terada knew his injured playing partner was dangerous. Chad Lee wanted to play one more round with his buddy since grade-school days and extend his high school golf career in the process.
The old friends battled all day long at the Kapalua Bay Course in blustery conditions on Saturday with Terada, a Maui High School senior, claiming his first Maui Interscholastic League golf title.
After a 40 on the front nine, Terada nailed five birdies and shot 4-under 33 on the back. He finished the four-round event at 23-over 311, eight shots in front of Lee.
“It feels great, it clicked on the back nine,” Terada said. “My putting was the best I have done in a while and that was just so exciting. It gave me so much adrenaline. I was so pumped.”
Maui High junior Reese Guzman shot the best score among the girls for the fourth round in a row, a 75, to wrap up her second straight MIL crown. She finished at 6-over 294, 19 strokes in front of runner-up Jaelin Ishikawa of Baldwin.
“The conditions were pretty bad, it was hella-windy, it was pretty windy,” Guzman said. “I felt like I could have shot better, but I mean what can you do about it now?”
Ishikawa, a senior, was impressed with Guzman. Ishikawa shot 77 on Saturday, the only other girl to break 80.
“It’s a lot of fun, it’s a lot of adrenaline, especially when other players start doing good,” Ishikawa said. “You feel like you have to keep up. It really pushes you to your limits.
“Reese is really good. If she has a bogey, she comes back with a birdie. She always comes back –that’s what I like about her game. It’s really good.”
Lee, a St. Anthony senior, gutted his way through a pinched nerve in his back — an injury he first suffered in January — to his second straight MIL runner-up finish. He shot 78 Saturday to finish at 319.
His back flared up warming up prior to the third round Friday at The Dunes at Maui Lani.
“I’m just happy I got through the round,” Lee said. “It was tough — every swing felt like getting a tooth pulled out. I just couldn’t finish out there, but congrats to Jordan. He played really well on the back.”
Lee entered the day three strokes behind Terada and got within two early in the round.
“Of course, I will always keep an eye on Chad,” said Terada. “Going to the back nine I had the same lead that I started with, so I kept the mindset going of not taking my foot off the gas.”
The pair of friends hope to see each other at the David S. Ishii Foundation State Championships, May 10-11 at Turtle Bay on Oahu.
“That’s questionable right now,” Lee admitted. “I just have to wait and see. It’s a pinched nerve, so it’s something I can’t really do anything about. I’ve got to rest it.”
Scrambling his way through the final 36 holes in a 30-hour span with the injury earned the respect of the new MIL champion.
“Chad was a warrior today,” Terada said. “I talked to him yesterday and he didn’t even know if he was going to come out today. I really wanted that final battle with him, but, yeah, 78 with what he had in his back, that’s outstanding.”
* Robert Collias is at email@example.com
MIL INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday’s Final Round
At Kapalua Bay Course
Reese Guzman, Maui High* 70-72-77-75–297
Jaelin Ishikawa, Baldwin* 79-79-78-77–313
Lana Calibuso-Kwee, Baldwin* 81-77-79-81–318
Joy Callinan, Seabury Hall* 81-78-81-82–322
Summer Wong, Seabury Hall* 78-84-80-83–325
Hoku Nagamine, Kamehameha Maui* 84-89-89-80–342
Alexa Jackson, Baldwin* 79-86-89-93–347
Katherine Swor, Baldwin* 83-96-88-81–348
Hannah Valencia, Lahainaluna* 85-94-91-87–357
Emily Mitra, Maui High 84-91-82-100–357
Sienna Kawahara, Baldwin 87-91-96-96–370
Kelsey Sparks, Seabury Hall 90-90-90-102–372
Jillian Ped, Maui High 93-97-109-110–409
Katebel Jose, King Kekaulike 96-97-120-113–426
Jordan Terada, Maui High* 74-83-81-73–311
Chad Lee, St. Anthony* 67-91-83-78–319
Ryan Chang, Seabury Hall* 80-78-86-78–322
Matt Ramelb, Lahainaluna* 80-84-82-83–329
Pierce Dowd, Seabury Hall* 77-83-88-84–332
Jensen Powley, Lahainaluna* 75-85-89-84–333
Hudson Holland, Maui Prep* 80-76-96-84–336
Beau Johnston, Maui Prep* 84-82-85-85–336
Kyle Sparks, Seabury Hall* 80-84-91-82–337
Dane Abarra, Kamehameha Maui* 79-90-92-78–339
Marlon Borttof, Maui High* 76-93-89-84–342
Jordan Mitsumura, Kamehameha Maui* 87-96-87-78–348
Hudson Jackson, Seabury Hall* 81-86-95-88–350
Kaleb Makimoto, Maui High* 75-89-99-93–356
Daniel Graziano, Seabury Hall* 86-91-94-86–357
Asher Aspili, Maui High 82-90-92-94–358
Daniel Judge, Seabury Hall 83-87-95-93–358
Jonas Marcial, Lahainaluna 101-85-89-99–374
Max Flammer, Seabury Hall* 86-99-107-92–384
Trevor Onaga, King Kekaulike 86-89-100-109–384
Brian Kaopuiki Galiza, Lanai 100-100-99-87–386
Akiva Bluh, Maui Prep 89-95-102-102–388
Griffin Gibson, Maui Prep 92-92-108-100–392
Nathan Gani, Lanai 84-98-115-96–393
Puniawa Vedder, Kamehameha Maui 85-91-116-105–397
Kaito Nishiji, Lahainaluna 97-97-111-106–411
*-denotes state tournament qualifier