Mitsumura takes over lead at MILs

Calibuso-Kwee up by six shots over Guzman after hot, tough third round at Makena

Jordan Mitsumura of Kamehameha Schools Maui follows the flight of his drive on Makena Golf & Beach Club’s 13th hole Saturday. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

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.

Maui High’s Reese Guzman hits out of a sand trap on the 14th hole Saturday. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

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.

Baldwin’s Lana Calibuso-Kwee hits her approach shot on No. 12. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

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 rcollias@mauinews.com

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MIL INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Saturday’s Third Round

At Makena Golf Course

Boys

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

Girls

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