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Hilo’s Yanagi Qualifies For Optimist Junior Championship

June 5, 2013, 9:02 AM HST
* Updated June 5, 9:03 AM
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Pono Yanagi of Hilo was one of three junior golfers in his age group and 17 overall from the state to qualify for the Optimist International Junior Championship during a qualifying event Monday.

The Hawai`i State Junior Golf Association’s Optimist Qualifier was hosted by the Turtle Bay Fazio Golf Course. Golfers from across the state competed in various age brackets with divisions starting at 10-12 years old and ranging up to 16-18 years old for both boys and girls.

Yanagi competed in the 12-13 year old boys division with 11 other golfers on the par-72 course. Four qualifying spots were available for golfers who were able to shoot a score of 90 or better. Honolulu’s Kane Rogers shot a 77 to lead the 12-13 age group. Rogers, however, will not be competing at the OIJC. Yanagi was tied for second place with Honolulu’s Acey Yamashita. Both shot a 78. Wailuku’s Ryan Chang also qualified with an 82.

The Optimist Junior Golf Championship will be held in Palm Beach Gardens, FL from July 25-30. Golfers will be playing on the PGA National Resort and Spa course.

Boys 12-13 age group results

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1. Kane Rogers (Honolulu) – 77

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T2. Acey Yamashita (Honolulu) – 78*

T2. Pono Yanagi (Hilo) – 78*

4. Joshua Choi Tomita (Honolulu) – 81

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T5. Andrew Otani (Honolulu) – 82

T5. Ryan Chang (Wailuku) – 82*

T7. Grant Kawasaki (Aiea) – 83

T7. Len Yamada (Honolulu) – 83

T7. MinJae Kang (Honolulu) – 83

10. Andy Kang (Honolulu) – 84

11. Jarryd Austin Gano (Mililani) – 89

12. Rilen Loo (Lihue) – 91

* – qualifies for Optimist Junior Golf Championship

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