Punahou, Jang win in state girls golf
They were so evenly matched that it took an extra hole to determine the difference.
Punahou sophomore Anna Jang defeated Maui junior Kelcie Kawano on the first playoff hole yesterday to take medalist honors in the David S. Ishii Foundation/Hawaii High School Athletic Association Golf Championship.
The two had shared the lead after Tuesday's first round (78) and were tied after yesterday's second round (81--159) at the Waikoloa Kings Course on the Big Island.
Kawano made a clutch birdie on No. 18 to force the playoff. Jang then parred the first playoff hole -- No. 17 -- to claim the title. It was the Buffanblu's fifth individual championship and second in a row; Stephanie Kono won last year.
Punahou senior Katie Sisler carded a final-round 79--160 to finish third and help the Buffanblu to their first girls team title in the 14th annual event.
Punahou had a team score of 495, followed by Waiakea at 503 and Maui at 515.
Baldwin was back at 532, with Mid-Pacific at 533, Hilo 570, Kamehameha 574, Iolani 578, Kamehameha-Hawaii 597, Pearl City 599 and Aiea 607.
It was the first time an Interscholastic League of Honolulu school won the team title, which was first awarded in 1999. Moanalua, of the Oahu Interscholastic Association, won last year, the first non-neighbor island school to do so.