Golf: Dalen Yamauchi leads Big Island squad in Manoa Cup


Dalen Yamauchi of Hilo led the local contingent of Big Island golfers at the first day of the Hawaii State Golf Association’s Manoa Cup on Monday at Oahu Country Club.

Yamauchi, who just completed his junior season at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and won the U.S. Amateur Public Links championship qualifier in Hilo last week, shot an even-par 71. He will be the No. 13 seed when match play begins Tuesday, where he will face No. 52 Alice B. Kim of Honolulu.

Former UH-Hilo golfer Chris Shimomura, who is from Lahaina, Maui, is No. 17 after parring the course. He will take on No. 48 Keegan Loo of Lihue, Kauai.

Three-time Big Island Interscholastic Federation champion Nainoa Calip of Pahoa — a Kamehameha Hawaii grad who recently wrapped up his golfing career at the University of Hawaii — is No. 22 after shooting 1 over. He will play Lion Rogers of Honolulu on Tuesday.

Loi Chang-Stroman of Kailua-Kona shot 2 over and is No. 25. He’ll face Isaac Jaffurs of Haleiwa, Oahu.

Nick Matsushima, a Manoa Cup runner-up in 2012 who will be a senior at UH-Hilo, shot 75. He will take on No. 22 S.J. Maeng of Aiea, Oahu.

Hilo’s Shon Katahira, who recently completed his sophomore year at Waiakea High School, also made the cut after a first-round 77. He will play No. 10 Scotty Yamashita of Kapolei, Oahu.

Brandon Phillips of Kailua-Kona missed the cut after carding an 81.

Match play continues through Saturday.