Early leader Punahou trying for first state golf title
Punahou is in position to add to its impressive title haul.
The Buffanblu lead Maui by 10 strokes after the first day of the David Ishii/HHSAA Girls Golf State Championship at the Waikoloa Kings Course behind Anna Jang's 78 and Katie Sisler's 81.
Jang and Maui's Kelcie Kawano are the individual co-leaders going into today's final round.
Jang shot a 39 on both sides. Kawano shot a 37 on the front nine and followed it up with a 41 coming in. Sisler trails the leaders by three strokes.
Punahou has won state titles in nearly every sport, but has never captured the gold in girls golf. They finished two strokes off Moanalua's pace last year behind individual champion Stephanie Kono and medals from Jang (10th) and Sisler (12th).
Jang and Sisler have stepped up to replace Kono in a big way this year, battling to become the school's third individual champion behind Kono and Anne Umemura, who won three. Brittany Isobe added to Punahou's haul with an 87.
Waiakea is still within striking distance after the first day with its 258, trailing Punahou by 12 shots. Baldwin is fourth (266) and Mid-Pacific is fifth (267).
Dayna Bersamin of Baldwin and Elyse Okada of Maui are in fourth in the individual race, four strokes off the lead.