Hattori and Sawada advance to 105th Manoa Cup Final

Richard Hattori
Richard Hattori

The Quarterfinal and Semifinal matches of the 105th Manoa Cup at beautiful Oahu Country Club completed today with a few traditional “Manoa showers” but the sun peeked through and shined beautifully for the afternoon.  This is also our Hawaii State Match Play Championship for the Hawaii State Golf Association.

Due to the rain the course received last night, all matches today were played with ‘preferred lies’ in which they could lift, clean and place their golf ball within 6 inches of their original spot, provided it was in the fairway.

Quarterfinals

In the match between Moanalua High School teammates Kyosuke Hara and Shawn Lu, it was a fast and competitive match with Hara winning 6&4.  In their match, which took just over 2 hours to complete, they had so much fun, I was told that they even had a long drive competition on hole 12, Shawn Lu prevailing.  For sure they will have another long drive competition soon as they always practice with each other at Pearl CC.

In the match between Jared Sawada and Bradley Shigezawa, Sawada led the match from the 1st hole and never trailed Shigezawa, finally closing out the match on the 16th hole, 3&2.

The match between Todd Rego and Kyle Suppa was probably the closest match with Suppa winning 5 holes and Rego winning 4 holes, but with Suppa prevailing 1 up through 18 holes.

Richard Hattori won the first two holes and never looked back leading the match the entire round, finally closing out Seung Jae Maeng 5&4.

Semifinals

In the semifinal matches there was a buzz going around that we had a possibility of the youngest players in a Manoa Cup final ever if both Suppa and Hara both won their matches.  Unfortunately this did not play out as the “older” players won.  Both Hattori and Sawada both won their matches 2&1 and will face each other in the 36 holes final match tomorrow morning from 7am.  There will be a break after 18 holes and the 2nd 18 holes of the match will continue at about 11:30am.  Hattori is 17 and Sawada is the oldest at 21.

Visit  www.hawaiistategolf.org for hole by hole scores of the matches and full details of this championship.

Courtesy: Paul Ogawa

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