Spartans repeat as MIL team champions
SPRECKELSVILLE — Although there’s still a week left in the team portion of the Maui Interscholastic League golf season, the Seabury Hall boys can already start planning for a trip to the Big Island.
Daniel Judge shot an even-par 36 to lead the Spartans to a 167-181 win over Kamehameha Maui on Saturday afternoon at Maui Country Club that clinched Seabury’s second straight MIL championship.
In windy conditions, Judge birdied the third, sixth and eighth holes. He also posted three bogeys (Nos. 2, 4 and 9).
“I did better than I’ve ever done. Significantly better,” Judge said. “I had a lot of confidence. … I just went into every shot thinking ‘hey, I’ve done this before, so why can’t I do it again?’ “
Pierce Dowd shot 41, Hudson Jackson added a 44 and Max Flammer carded a 46 for Seabury Hall (10-0). Parker Timmon’s 49 was dropped.
Last week, the Spartans shot an even-par team score at Maui Country Club — their home course — against Lahainaluna.
“It was a little tougher today,” Seabury coach Jake Grodzinsky said. “Maybe because after last week our expectations were a little high.”
Grodzinsky added that his players could have been a bit tired after an early morning volunteer shift with the Bad Pants Open Tournament at Maui Nui Golf Club. However, the Spartans still clinched the MIL title and secured their spot in May’s state championship at the Kings’ Course at Waikoloa.
“I think they should be confident… except you might ask some of them today and they might be a little discouraged,” Grodzinsky said. “I think we’ve had a really nice season so far and hopefully stay undefeated next week. The nice thing is, is when you win the team thing it really takes the pressure off of you, since we’ve already qualified for states.”
The Spartans now own five of the spots that the league receives for the state tournament. More spots are up for grabs in the 72-hole MIL individual championship, which begins April 6 at Waiehu Municipal Golf Course.
But first, Seabury finishes the regular season with a pair of matches against Maui High.
“I definitely know that (my teammates) have the ability to play just as good as anybody else,” Judge said. “So if they get that confidence, then we’ll be flying next week.”
The Warriors (6-4) were led by Jordan Mitsumura’s 37, followed by Dana Abarra’s 45. Marcus Ayau shot 49 and Kody Cambra added a 50.
“It was kind of actually a hard day,” Kamehameha coach Kalani Abarra said. “I know the Country Club is usually windy like this but it’s a combination of a few things that happened today. They play here once a year and it’s hard to get used to the course… but other than that I thought it went well.”
Abarra said that he’s looking forward to the MIL individual tournament to watch his four seniors finish out the season on a good note.
“They are trying to make it to the state finals,” Abarra said. “I’m proud of them. They are working hard.”
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At Kaanapali Royal Course
Maui High boys 176, Lahainaluna 196
Individual scores–Lahainaluna: Matt Ramelb 44, Kaito Nishiji 47, Jonas Marcial 52, Josh Gutierrez 54. Maui High: Marlon Bottorff 38, Caleb Makimoto 43, Asher Aspili 45, Kenny Hamada 50, Noah Manuel 61 (dropped).
At Pukalani Country Club
Maui Prep boys 176, King Kekaulike 222
Individual scores–King Kekaulike: Kapono Mossman 43, Trevor Onaga 44, Alohi Dela Cruz 63, dummy score 72. Maui Prep: Caleb Chumley 41, Hudson Holland 42, Dylan Falk 46, Griffin Gibson 47, Jakob Nussbaum 50 (dropped).
Seabury Hall girls 123, Lahainaluna 141
Individual scores–Seabury Hall: Kelsie Sparks 39, Summer Wong 41, Sophia Arashiro Garcia 43, Ginger Thomas 53 (dropped). Lahainaluna: Gretchen Olson 40, Jackie Nguyen 48, Ciana Lins 53, Ashley Langaman 57 (dropped).
W L T Pct.
x-Seabury Hall 10 0 0 1.000
Maui Prep 8 3 0 .727
Kamehameha Maui 6 4 0 .600
Maui High 5 5 0 .500
Lahainaluna 3 6 0 .333
King Kekaulike 3 7 0 .300
Baldwin 0 10 0 .000
Seabury Hall 167, Kamehameha Maui 181
Maui High 176, Lahainaluna 196
Maui Prep 176, King Kekaulike 222
Lahainaluna vs. Baldwin at Kahili Golf Course, 3:30 p.m.
King Kekaulike vs. Kamehameha Maui at The Dunes at Maui Lani, 3:30 p.m.
Seabury Hall vs. Maui High at Waiehu Municipal Golf Course, 3:30 p.m.
W L T Pct.
Baldwin 4 0 0 1.000
Maui High 3 0 1 .875
Seabury Hall 2 3 1 .417
Lahainaluna 0 6 0 .000
Seabury Hall 123, Lahainaluna 141
Maui High vs. Baldwin at Kahili Golf Course, 3:30 p.m.