Lee, Guzman take early leads at MIL tournament
WAIEHU — Chad Lee has been waiting for Saturday’s first round of the Maui Interscholastic League individual golf championships for a while, in more ways than one.
The St. Anthony High School senior made the most of his first competitive action since January — and first high school action since last season’s state tournament — with a 5-under-par 67 at Waiehu Municipal Golf Course to take the lead in the boys event by seven strokes.
“We didn’t have a team this year, which was kind of a bummer, but yeah, it was nice to get out here,” said Lee, who plans to walk on to the golf team at UC Irvine in the fall. “I was kind of jittery the first three holes because I didn’t play competitive in a while, so I kind of didn’t know what to expect coming in.”
Defending MIL champion and state runner-up Reese Guzman, a Maui High junior, shot 70 and leads the girls MIL tournament by eight strokes.
“It was pretty consistent, my game,” said Guzman, who has verbally committed to a golf scholarship at Pepperdine. “I had a lot of up and downs, so my short game was doing really well.”
Lee recorded birdies on 1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15 and 17. He bogeyed 8, 10 and 16.
“I had a good start, got the momentum, and kept it going,” Lee said. “It was a weird feeling, I was kind of calm out there. I got the putter going, I made some really long putts.”
Lee leads Maui High senior Jordan Terada by seven strokes.
Lee, whose last competitive round was pre-qualifying for the PGA Tour’s Sony Open on Oahu, has been sixth, fourth and second in his first three MIL individual tournaments.
“It would be good,” Lee said of a possible title to cap his prep career. “Coming in second last year kind of got me motivated to come back. You know, I made some mental mistakes last year, learned from it. It’s my senior year, so I’m just trying to have fun out here. A victory would be nice.”
Lee finished tied for 16th at state last year, while Terada was the top MIL finisher, in fifth. The pair played together Saturday in the first group of the day.
“He was on fire, he was just playing unconscious,” Terada said of Lee. “It was something to watch. He really played well today.”
Terada is not about to surrender the title to Lee, his good friend who was at the Sabers’ senior day in the team competition a couple weeks ago with shaving cream to spray on his buddy.
“That’s the good part of having three more rounds, it gives me time to get those strokes back,” said Terada, who has signed with St. Martin’s University to continue his career.
The next three rounds are at Pukalani Country Club, The Dunes at Maui Lani and Kapalua Bay.
In numbers updated by the state association this week, the MIL gets 16 slots to the boys state tournament and nine to the girls event. As MIL team champions, the Seabury Hall boys already own five slots and the Baldwin girls have four.
Seabury Hall freshman Summer Wong stands second to Guzman after a 78.
“It’s definitely nerve-racking, and being a freshman I feel like there’s more pressure,” Wong said of the girls’ race for the final five state spots. “I was playing really consistently today. I just had a couple bad holes, but other than that I feel pretty good about how I shot today.”
* Robert Collias is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIL Individual Championships
Saturday’s First Round
At Waiehu Municipal Golf Course
Chad Lee, St. Anthony 32-35–67
Jordan Terada, Maui High 36-38–74
Kaleb Makimoto, Maui High 37-38–75
Jensen Powley, Lahainaluna 38-37–75
Marlon Bortoff, Maui High 37-39–76
Pierce Dowd, Seabury Hall 37-40–77
Dane Abarra, KS Maui 39-40–79
Ryan Chang, Seabury Hall 39-41–80
Hudson Holland, Maui Prep 38-42–80
Matt Ramelb, Lahainaluna 40-40–80
Kyle Sparks, Seabury Hall 39-41–80
Hudson Jackson, Seabury Hall 41-40–81
Asher Aspili, Maui High 38-44–82
Daniel Judge, Seabury Hall 42-41–83
Nathan Gani, Lanai 39-45–84
Beau Johnston, Maui Prep 39-45–84
Puniawa Vedder, KS Maui 41-44–85
Max Flammer, Seabury Hall 44-42–86
Daniel Graziano, Seabury Hall 41-45–86
Trevor Onaga, King Kekaulike 46-40–86
Jordan Mitsumura, KS Maui 43-44–87
Akiva Bluh, Maui Prep 43-46–89
Griffin Gibson, Maui Prep 48-44–92
Kody Cambra, KS Maui 46-49–95
Kaito Nishiji, Lahainaluna 49-48–97
Kapono Mossman, KK 51-47–98
Kenny Hamada, Maui High 52-48–100
Brian Kaopuiki Galiza, Lanai 45-55–100
Jonas Marcial, Lahainaluna 48-53–101
Glen Agorilla, Baldwin 50-51–101
Alohi Dela Cruz, King Kekaulike 54-54–108
Josh Gutierrez, Lahainaluna 59-51–110
William Kahalekai, KK 54-56–110
Noah Manuel, Maui High 54-59–113
Rylan Gani, Lanai 57-57–114
Max Paschoal, KS Maui 58-57–115
Jerone Samari, Maui Prep 57-60–117
Kynan Ledee, King Kekaulike 61-57–118
Hunter Higgins, Maui Prep 62-58–120
Trevin Sarme, Lanai 64-58–122
Marcus Ayau, KS Maui 51-72–123
Corey Smith, Lahainaluna 65-60–125
Kilakila Parnel, Maui Prep 64-61–125
J P Hill, Seabury Hall 63-68–131
Ian Mantupar, King Kekaulike 60 75–135
Reese Guzman, Maui High 35-35–70
Summer Wong, Seabury Hall 38-40–78
Jaelin Ishikawa, Baldwin 38-41–79
Alexa Jackson, Baldwin 38-41–79
Joy Callinan, Seabury Hall 43-38–81
Lana Calibuso-Kwee, Baldwin 40-41–81
Katherine Swor, Baldwin 43-40–83
Emily Mitra, Maui High 42-42–84
Hoku Nagamine, KS Maui 47-37–84
Hannah Valencia, Lahainaluna 40-45–85
Sienna Kawahara, Baldwin 43-44–87
Kelsey Sparks, Seabury Hall 45-45–90
Jillian Ped, Maui High 44-49–93
Katebel Jose, King Kekaulike 46-50–96
Ashley Langaman, Lahainaluna 46-50–96
Kylie Ginoza, Maui High 48-55–103
Taira Seto, Maui Prep 51-56–107
Alana Rose Duran, Lahainaluna 55-53–108
Lexi Yokote, Baldwin 53-56–109
Danica Galindo, Baldwin 58-52–110
Ciana Lins, Lahainaluna 57-55–112
Kirsten Bulocan, Lahainaluna 58-66–124
Hinano Yamada, Maui Prep 72-68–140