As I get older and my golf game starts to decline, it's encouraging to see the next generation of golfers starting to take shape. Last weekend the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association (HSJGA) conducted the final round of the 2012 Mixed Team Championship at Poipu Bay Golf Course. The team of Hana Furuichi and Kengo Aoshima finished in first place with a total score of 139. Second went to Aiko Leong and Shawn Lu (142) and third, Ciera Min and Tyler Munetake (146)
The Mixed Team Championship consisted of two-person teams–one boy and one girl from the 13 – 18 age division. The first round was played using Four-Ball Stroke Play and the second was played using Foursome Stroke Play. The challenging Poipu Bay Course played 6,117 yards for the Girls 13-18 and 6,499 yards for the Boys 13-18.
The Mixed Team Championship helps prepare Hawaii Team members compete in the similar Ryder Cup format Asia Pacific Junior Cup being played against the top junior golfers from Japan during the 6th annual Asia Pacific Junior Cup, happening November 1-3 at the Waikoloa Kings’ Course on the Big Island.
Keep it on the short grass, but more importantly, have fun out there!