Wailuku's Ariel Elftman-Hanson, Justin Ngan and Tyler Munetake won singles matches Tuesday as Hawaii beat Japan 18-14 in the Asia Pacific Junior Cup at the Waikoloa Beach Resort Kings' Course on the Big Island.
In the first of Tuesday's 16 singles matches, Elftman-Hanson recorded a hole-in-one on the 11th hole of his 3-and-1 win over Daichi Higashi. The ace gave Elftman-Hanson a one-point lead and he went on to win two of the next three holes - the other was halved - to gain separation.
Munetake won the final two holes to defeat Yuta Ito 1-up.
Maui golfers (second from left) Tyler Munetake, Ariel Elftman-Hanson, Kimberlie Miyamoto and Justin Ngan pose with captains Jerry King and Cathy Torchiana after being part of the winning Hawaii team during the Asia Pacific Junior Cup at the Waikoloa Beach Resort Kings’ Course on the Big Island. Hawaii beat Japan 18-14.
DARRYL MUNETAKE photo
Ngan beat Hono Oshima 4 and 3. The match was all square through five holes before Ngan won four of the next eight with the other four being halved.
Kahului's Kimberlie Miyamoto fell to Akiho Nishihata 4 and 3.
Hawaii won eight matches Tuesday, Japan took six and two were halved.
Asia Pacific Junior Cup
At Waikoloa Beach Resort Kings' Course
Hawaii 18, Japan 14
Tuesday's Final Round
Hawaii 8, Japan 7
Ariel Elftman-Hanson, Hawaii, def. Daichi Higashi, Japan, 3 and 1.
Keegan Loo, Hawaii, def. Hiroya Kubota, Japan, 4 and 3.
Akiho Nishihata, Japan, def. Kimberlie Miyamoto, Hawaii, 4 and 3.
Yuki Yoshida, Japan, def. Remington Hirano, Hawaii, 6 and 5.
Justin Ngan, Hawaii, def. Hono Oshima, Japan, 4 and 3.
Kanna Ito, Japan, def. Kristin Le, Hawaii, 3 and 2.
Tyler Munetake, Hawaii, def. Yuta Ito, Japan, 1-up.
Keilyn Ing, Hawaii, def. Haruhi Nakao, Japan, 2-up.
Kyle Suppa, Hawaii, def. Rikuya Hoshino, Japan, 3 and 2.
Mao Nozawa, Japan, def. Alanis Sakuma, Hawaii, 2 and 1.
Aiko Leong, Hawaii, halved with Maria Shinohara, Japan.
Hikari Tanabe, Japan, def. Zoey Akagi-Bustin, Hawaii, 1-up.
Yuki Shino, Japan, def. Shawn Lu, Hawaii, 7 and 5.
Spencer Dunaway, Hawaii, def. Katsuhiro Kushiyama, Japan, 3 and 1.
John Oda, Hawaii, def. Ryusaku Iwabuchi, Japan, 3 and 2.
P.J. Samiere, Hawaii, halved with Futoshi Tokutake, Japan.
Ngan and Munetake each scored two points for Hawaii, while Elftman-Hanson contributed one during the three-day competition.
The format for the first two days was fourball.