March showers bring a win for KSM boys golf team


Senior golfer Kamuela Borge watches his golf ball slice through the air Kamehameha Schools Maui’s golf match against King Kekaulike High School on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at the Pukalani Golf Course. The KSM Warriors won against Na Ali’i of KKHS 167 to 194.

By Hoku Krueger, news co-editor

PUKALANI – The Kamehameha Schools Maui boys golf team won against King Kekaulike High School at their match on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at the Pukalani Golf Course. The Warriors beat Nā Aliʻi by 27 strokes with a score of 167.

Senior Aaron Kunitomo had the lowest score of the Warriors with 38 strokes.

“I had a rough day today, but I managed to stay focused and bring together a somewhat decent round,” Kunitomo said.

Students from both teams struggled in the rainy weather that hit upcountry Maui Tuesday. The rain continued to fall from the start to the finish of the match.

“The rain made the greens a lot slower, which made putting really hard,” sophomore golfer Lucas Park said.

Despite the gloomy weather, the two teams managed to keep a friendly attitude toward one another while on the course.

“They’re [the KSM boys golf team] probably the nicest team we’ve played. They’re very social, open and nice,” KKHS junior Drake Onaga said.

Onaga had the lowest score for his team with 32 strokes. Following the match, his parents provided a dinner of lasagna, garlic bread, brownies and drinks for the players and coaches of both teams.

Both Coach Brian Kamimoto of KSM and Coach Paul Pagay of KKHS said that their golfers need the most work on their short game.

“I think Kamehameha has a real good team and a real good 1-2 punch with [seniors] Kyeton [Littel-Kamimoto] and Aaron [Kunitomo],” Coach Pagay said.

The KSM Warriors will face Nā Aliʻi of KKHS once again at their next match this Friday, March 9, 2012, at the Dunes Golf Course at 3:30 pm.