Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii – Jordan Terada (Boys 13-14), Shawn Lu (Boys 15-18) and Kirsten Ishikawa (Girls 13-18) took championship honors today on the Kai Course during the final round of the 2015 Ka’anapali HSJGA Match Play Championship.
Light trade winds returned today to cool down the players a bit during their morning matches. Maui High School sophomore (2018), Jordan Terada, was paired against Mid Pac (2020) player Davis Lee in the Boys 13-14 Division Championship round early this morning.
Terada commented on his round, “I was hitting the ball okay - my driver was a bit all over the place, but my irons and putting held my game together today.” Terada was down by 1 going into the 5th hole and hit his drive about 250 yards, about 25 yards past Lee. He used a three-quarter pitching wedge to get to within 5 feet of the pin and sunk a left to right putt for birdie. Lee would miss his long putt birdie opportunity to tie the hole. This put the two of them at all square and Terada would remain in control of the match until the end. Terada added, “The greens were really nice, very true to putt – there were some good pin locations today that suited my iron play and that really helped.”
Shawn Lu, a senior at Moanalua H.S. was paired up Baldwin freshman Justin Ngan in the Championship Round of the Boys 15-18 Division. These same two were paired up in 2012 in the Boys 13-14 Championship Match at Ka’anapali and Lu prevailed then as well. Lu commented about the day, “My strategy going into both rounds today was that if I just focused and played my game, that I had a chance at ending up pretty good.” Lu started off strong and drained a long putt on the first hole with Ngan to go 1 up and was 3 up by the third hole.
Ngan fought back and got back to all square at one point later in the match and they battled back and forth for quite a few holes. Lu continued, “On #15, I was 1 up again and had a 10 foot putt for birdie but Justin was just a little bit behind me and I thought I was in trouble if he made it.” He added, “Justin just missed his putt and I made mine for birdie to go 2 up, that was really key for me.” Lu would birdie the next hole as well and win the match 3 & 2. Lu has committed to Oregon State after college graduation in 2016.
For the Girls Championship round, it was a battle of the two Ishikawa sisters, and older sister Kirsten would prevail 3 & 2 over Jaelin. Kirsten just graduated from Baldwin High School and recently placed 19th in the 2015 HHSAA Girls Golf Hawaii State Championship and will play for Eastern Washington University later this fall. Jaelin is a junior at Baldwin High and placed 7th in the 2015 MIL Championship.
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The Ka’anapali Kai Course is a Par 70, 6,400-yard course and boasts an array of strategically-placed bunkers, contoured fairways, and re-shaped and resurfaced greens. This course, host of Golf Channel’s #1 series Big Break Ka'anapali, is a challenge to play and places a premium on strategy off the tee, accuracy with approach shots, and a deft touch around the greens.
The Royal Ka’anapali Course, a Robert Trent Jones Senior design, opened in 1962 and has tested the skills of golf professionals and amateurs alike. A Par 71 stretching 6700 yards, the Royal Course combines wide fairways and undulating greens, making it both distinctive and demanding. Home of the Champions Tour Ka’anapali Classic for 14 years, the Royal Ka’anapali Course also hosted Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, the Canada Cup and LPGA Kemper Open, donning such golfing greats as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Jan Stephenson and Betsey King.
In 2005-2007, Ka’anapali Golf Courses invested over $13 million in renovations and infrastructure. Golf course architect, Robin Nelson, was brought in to oversee the rework of the Ka’anapali Kai Course and enhancements to the championship Royal Ka’anapali Course. Ka’anapali is celebrating 50 years (1962-2012) and recently hosted the Champions Tour SKIN GAME January 2008-2011.