BIIF golf: Trevor Hirata wins at Mauna Lani


Back and forth it goes between the two best young golfers in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation, with Waiakea sophomore Trevor Hirata and freshman Shon Katahira challenging each other for medalist honors.

Under windy and sunny conditions, Hirata ignored the elements to fire a sparkling 3-under 69 to take first place at a BIIF meet Thursday at Mauna Lani’s North course.

After one day of rest, Hirata, who shot a dazzing 33 on the front nine and a par 36 on the back, was followed by teammates Katahira (76) and Eric Kagawa (76).

Kamehameha’s Kalai Pomroy was next with a 7-over 79.

Katahira won the previous two meets, including Tuesday at Waikoloa Village. Hirata won the season-opener at Hilo Municipal. They’re tied with two medalist honors apiece.

The Warriors won the team title with a 312-stroke total, 27 shots better than runner-up Kamehameha. Hilo, the defending BIIF champion, has a young team and not enough golfers to fill the four starting spots. Waiakea has won all four meets.

In what’s becoming a routine, Waiakea senior Andi Igawa pocketed another medalist honor. She fired a 3-over 75 to beat Kamehameha’s Shantel Antonio by seven strokes.

Igawa is 4 for 4, but the regular-season meets are basically individual tuneups. The three-round BIIF championships at Hualalai Resort, Hokulia and Mauna Kea, will decide the league champions. The rounds run April 20, 22, and 24.

Hilo senior Amanda Loeffler didn’t compete at Mauna Lani. Still, her teammate, Annie Sadamoto, had a strong effort with a round of 99.

Waiakea, the 10-time BIIF champion, won its first team meet with a 306-stroke total. Hilo was second at 319. The Vikings won the last two meets while Kamehameha took the season-opener.

The next meet is 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Waikoloa Kings’ Course.

Thursday, at Mauna Lani North

Par 72

GIRLS

Andi Igawa, Waiakea 75

Shantel Antonio, Kamehameha 82

Annie Sadamoto, Hilo 99

Katie Jefferson, HPA 108

Kelsy Nishimura, Hilo 109

Keely Kitamura, Waiakea 109

Chelsea Ward, Hilo 111

Karissa Komo, Makua Lani 111

Alana Manuia, Kamehameha 116

Sunny Sakai, Hilo 119

Shania Rapoza, Waiakea 122

Taylor Pritchett, Kealakehe 124

Maya Oshiro, Waiakea 133

Team scores

Waiakea 75-109-122—306

Hilo 99-109-111—319

BOYS

Trevor Hirata, Waiakea 69

Shon Katahira, Waiakea 76

Eric Kagawa, Waiakea 76

Kalai Pomroy, Kamehameha 79

Josiah Lerback, Konawaena 81

Cody Pereira, Kamehameha 84

Preston Ching, Kamehameha 85

Luigi Remo, Kealakehe 86

Brent Nikaitani, Konawaena 87

Matthew Rosato, Makua Lani 90

Bram Paikuli, Kamehameha 91

Chase Narimatsu, Waiakea 91

Cody Pinzon, Hilo 92

Luigi Balbo, HPA 92

Miller White, HPA 97

Ahren Ah Chong, Kamehameha 97

Aidan Alcos, Makua Lani 97

Manuel Jamin, HPA 99

Tanner Gray, Konawaena 99

Nick Briley, HPA 102

Kaunaloa Ng, Makua Lani 103

Brant Yamamoto, Konawaena 106

Kalani Alapai, Makua Lani 107

Daryl Nakamoto, Kealakehe 109

Jaron Kawaguchi, Waiakea 110

Jonathan Uhlmann, St. Joseph 113

Bo Bleckel, HPA 120

Edgar Barclay, St. Joseph 121

John Lindenau, St. Joseph 137

Lazar Salvador-Smith, St. Joseph 152

Team scores

Waiakea 69-76-76-91—312

Kamehameha 79-84-85-91—339

Kona 81-87-99-106—373

HPA 92-97-99-102—390

Makua Lani 90-97-103-107—397

St. Joseph 113-121-137-152—523