Mitsumura takes over lead at MILs
Calibuso-Kwee up by six shots over Guzman after hot, tough third round at Makena
MAKENA — The heat is definitely on in the Maui Interscholastic League individual golf tournaments.
Kamehameha Schools Maui senior Jordan Mitsumura vaulted into the lead from 10 strokes behind and sixth place after firing a 1-over-par 73 at Makena Golf Course on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round next Saturday at the Kaanapali Kai Course.
“It felt really good because coming into this, I mean, I’ve only played this course once and this course is so nice,” Mitsumura said. “Everything was just working out today pretty (well) for me.”
Five boys will start the final round separated by five shots.
Maui High’s Marlon Bottorff (79) and Lahainaluna’s Matt Ramelb (78) are tied for second at 239, Maui Prep freshman Caleb Chumley (81) is fourth at 240, and second-round leader Pierce Dowd of Seabury Hall is still in the mix, two more strokes back, after fighting flu-like symptoms to shoot 88 on Saturday.
The sun-baked course that has a long walk between the front nine and back nine took its toll on the golfers on Saturday, with the exceptions of Mitsumura and girls leaders Lana Calibuso-Kwee of Baldwin (73) and Reese Guzman of Maui High (72).
“It was super hot today, but as long as you have a hat and try to stay in the shade, and eat and drink as much as you can to stay hydrated, you’re probably going to make good decisions out there,” Mitsumura said.
It was an up-and-down day for nearly everyone. Guzman had six birdies and six bogeys in the best round of the day, boy or girls. Calibuso-Kwee had just nine pars.
“It was really hot, I think I might have gotten light-headed out there,” Guzman said. “It’s a super long walk. It was OK, the conditions, because there wasn’t any wind, but I think the heat had a lot to do with it.”
Guzman is the two-time defending MIL champion and two-time state runner-up. She has signed to play next season at Pepperdine and was told recently that the Waves will be in the Spring Break Anuenue Classic hosted by the University of Hawaii at Kapalua next year.
First, one last round in the MIL and a run at state are on the docket.
“We’ll see,” Guzman said of a possible charge at Calibuso-Kwee. “I like that course, it’s flat. You don’t have to walk as much. And, yeah, (state title), that’s pretty much the end goal, but we’ll see how it turns out.”
Calibuso-Kwee said she battled the heat as well.
“It was ridiculously hot,” she said. “I think I drank three of my Hydro Flasks, about four water bottles. Then I drank a vitamin water, an orange juice and a Gatorade.”
The Baldwin sophomore knows that Guzman will be a on a mission next week.
“I really, really want to be the MIL champ, but whatever happens happens,” Calibuso-Kwee said. “Reese is really good, so … Six (shots) is a lot, but we have 18 more holes and that’s really everything right there.”
Like Guzman, Mitsumura said he had to battle through the heat on Saturday.
“Front nine I felt like I was going to lose my mind — I shot even, but I felt like I was shooting 42 out there,” Mitsumura said. “Towards the back, everything kind of just started clicking and connecting.”
Ramelb was 3-under par on the front and struggled on the back.
“It was 14, 15,” Ramelb said of his big troubles on the back. “I got a triple (bogey) and I went back-to-back with another triple on the next hole. Then, the next hole I bogeyed, parred, and then I finished with a double (bogey).”
Ramelb likes his chances next week at Kaanapali.
“I feel like I have a good chance because it’s my home course and I know it very well,” Ramelb said. “I feel a little bit nervous, but it’s OK. I can overcome it when I’m on the course.”
Bottorff will be with Ramelb and Mitsumura in the leaders’ threesome next week. Bottorff battled through the conditions on Saturday to post one of the few boys rounds in the 70s.
“It was super hot, but actually the course was super nice,” Bottorff said. “It’s easy to shoot a good score if you’re putting it in the fairway and putting it on the green, but it’s also really easy to shoot a terrible score because the fairways are narrow and the greens are lightning fast.”
* Robert Collias is at email@example.com
MIL INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday’s Third Round
At Makena Golf Course
Jordan Mitsumura, KSM 80-84-73–237
Marlon Bottorff, Maui High 84-76-79–239
Matt Ramelb, Lahainaluna 76-85-78–239
Caleb Chumley, Maui Prep 82-77-81–240
Pierce Dowd, Seabury Hall 78-76-88–242
Griffin Gibson, Maui Prep 80-81-88–249
Dane Abarra, KS Maui 79-86-88–253
Asher Aspili, Maui High 91-90-82–263
Glen Agorilla, Baldwin 94-86-91–271
Nathan Gani, Lanai 82-103-89–274
Trevor Onaga, KK 87-98-93–278
Dylan Falk, Maui Prep 89-91-106–286
James Falk, Maui Prep 92-90-110–292
Puniawa Vedder, KSM 85-101-109–295
Hudson Holland, MPA 98-84-115–297
D. Tangjian-Kobuke, Lan 106-93-105–304
Kaito Nishiji, Lahainaluna 105-98-102–305
Iokepa Kan-Hai, KS Maui 98-98-110–306
Noah Reisenauer, SH 93-97-117–307
Kody Cambra, KS Maui 103-111-97–311
Josh Gutierrez, Lah 98-103-116–317
Aaron Nakamura, Bald 98-102-118–318
Brendan Endo, Baldwin 97-106-117–320
Marcus Ayau, KS Maui 108-103-110–321
Kapono Mossman, KK 97-114-111–322
Noah Manual, MH 101-115-107–323
Jonas Marciel, Lah 102-102-128–332
Lana Calibuso-Kwee, Bald 73-71-73–217
Reese Guzman, Maui High 76-75-72–223
Payten Shimizu, Baldwin 80-78-81–239
Summer Wong, SH 78-80-87–245
Kelsie Sparks, SH 83-89-87–259
Shai Baraoidan, Baldwin 88-90-87–265
Sofia Garcia-Arashiro, SH 94-87-88–269
Gretchen Olsen, Lah 91-88-94–273
Sienna Kawahara, Baldwin 94-86-94–274
Kylie Ginoza, Maui High 104-101-96–301
Danica Galindo, Baldwin 93-106-103–302
Jackie Nguyen, Lah 107-112-104–323
Katebel Jose, KK 112-105-109–326