HHSAA girls golf: Waiakea packs leaderboard after first round

WAIKOLOA — The Warriors came out to play at the HHSAA state championships.

Kailey Oki, a Waiakea sophomore, brought her A-game on Tuesday to Waikoloa Kings’ Course and is in a three-way tie for the individual lead after shooting an even par 72.

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Warrior teammates Lacey Uchida (75) and Kiersten Saludares (76) are within striking distance as well after an eventful first round.

As a team, the goal for Waiakea for the state tournament was 225, which they bested thanks to the effort from the young gun Warrior trio. In the team competition, Waiakea (7-under 223) has a solid 9-stroke lead on Mid-Pacific (232) and a 13-stroke advantage on Punahou (236), which has pocketed six state crowns in a row, and 11 of the last 12.

Oki’s round featured three birdies, going back-to-back on holes No. 4 and 5. If not for a bogey on the final hole of the first round, the BIIF runner-up would have held the solo lead.

Oki is tied with Moanalua’s Tagirilani Luafalealo and Leia Chung from Leilehua for the lead.

While it wasn’t a surprise to see a Waiakea golfer at the top of the leaderboard, it was which Waiakea golfer that was a bit of a stunner. Uchida, a talented 10th grader, won the BIIF championship with a 16-stroke victory on April 30 and has been the most dominant Big Island golfer this year.

When she played the Waikoloa course in league play, Uchida scorched the front nine with a 33 before finishing with the low round of 74. Things were a little tougher this time around, especially a three-hole stretch from Nos. 5-7 where she went 4-over par. She rebounded the rest of the round — shooting 1-under on the other 15 holes — to stay in contention.

Maui’s Reece Guzman (74), a two-time state runner-up, is one stroke ahead of Uchida.

Waiakea is looking to break a more than decade-long drought in both the individual and team championships. In 2005, Warrior standout Christine Kim claimed a state championship, and the Warriors also claimed the team title that year, capping a four-year stretch in which Waiakea and Hilo combined for three medalists and three team crowns.

The final round tees off today at 7:30 a.m. at the Waikoloa Kings’ Course.

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HHSAA GIRLS GOLF TOURNAMENT

First round

Waikoloa Kings’ Course

Tuesday

CHUNG, Leia Leilehua 35 37 72

LUAFALEALO, Tagirilani Moanalua 34 38 72

OKI, Kailey Waiakea 34 38 72

CALIBUSO-KWEE, Lana Baldwin 35 38 73

GUZMAN, Reece Maui 34 40 74

MCDONALD, Myah MidPacific 35 39 74

TAKAMIYA, Alison Punahou 38 37 75

UCHIDA, Lacey Waiakea 39 36 75

HARTSOCK-BUNYAN, Kayli Kailua 40 36 76

PARK, Jae Eun Roosevelt 37 39 76

SALUDARES, Kiersten Waiakea 36 39 76

LESA, Anna Kahuku 38 40 77

TAKAI, Victoria Punahou 37 39 77

KEPPEL, Sara Kaiser 35 40 78

KIM, Michelle Kalani 41 43 78

AKAGI, Kaylee Punahou 38 37 79

CAMPOS, Madison Mid Pacific 40 41 79

DUDOIT, Ferrari Mid Pacific 42 39 79

HUANG, Katrina Iolani 38 37 79

INOUYE, Kelsie Punahou 36 41 79

KILBY, Karissa Punahou 38 43 79

KOBAYASHI, Hunter Hawaii Baptist 40 41 80

LU, Shayna Punahou 37 40 80

MITSUDA, Jillian Waiakea 41 43 80

OTA, Kelsey Hawaii Baptist 39 39 80

TAGUMA, Taryn Kauai 37 41 80

TOMITA, Kyra Punahou 36 43 80

WANG, Rachael Kalani 39 44 80

CORPUZ, Aubrey Radford 39 41 81

NAKAMURA, Mari Punahou 45 42 81

YAMANE, Kellie Iolani 45 36 81

CHEE, Jolie Mid Pacific 39 36 82

HWANG, Chanelle Hilo 43 43 82

LEI, Emily Kaiser 43 39 82

CHOI, Catherine Maryknoll 44 39 83

OTANI, Elle Waiakea 40 39 83

TODD, Kiara Punahou 41 43 83

HIRONAGA, Tori Waiakea 42 42 84

LUAFALEALO, Catherine Moanalua 42 42 84

BARAIODAN, Shai Baldwin 42 42 85

SHIRAISHI, Reiko Hawaii Baptist 41 43 85

KEOLANUI, Shelby Mililani 44 44 86

KUALII, Tia Waiakea 43 42 86

MAUGA, Jade Hawaii Baptist 44 43 86

WONG, Summer Seabury Hall 43 42 86

SHIMIZU, Payten Baldwin 43 43 87

TIGILAU, Shyla Mililani 40 44 87

OSHIRO, Tyra Kauai 42 47 88

HRELJAC, Jessica Kauai 45 46 90

ULUAVE, Patiola Kahuku 42 45 90

CHINEN, Lilinoe Pearl City 46 48 91

LEDGERWOOD, Trinity Kaiser 40 45 91

SiLVA, Kaela Kailua 45 51 91

YAMATE, Kristen Moanalua 45 46 91

ELAYDO, Erin Campbell 46 46 92

KAWAHARA, Sienna Baldwin 46 46 92

GARCIA-ARASHIRO, Sofia Seabury Hall 46 46 93

YAMASAKI, Jaeda Christian Liberty 46 47 94

YAMASATO, Hailey Moanalua 44 48 95

BROWN, Keesha Kauai 49 51 96

LEE, Reyan Waipahu 51 47 96

SPARKS, Kelsie Seabury Hall 49 45 96

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MURPHY, Sabrina Kauai 53 47 106

OLSON, Gretchen Lahainaluna 52 53 110

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