The wind played havoc with many golfers’ shots at Turtle Bay last Saturday, but IPA's Alanis Sakuma (’17) fought through the conditions to shoot a 77 and capture first place at the ILH girls' intermediate golf championships. The seventh grader's finish was the best for an IPA golfer at the ILH intermediate championships since current senior Christian Yagi's second-place finish in 2008. Sakuma's score was one shot better than Punahou's Ji Hae Lee and two shots ahead of Lee's teammate, Aiko Leong.
Seventh grader Sakuma is all smiles after clinching the ILH championship.
Going into the championships, Sakuma was the third seed behind Lee and Leong after a stellar regular season. She carded a 60 at Hawaii Kai on February 26 and a 61 on the same course on March 17. Sakuma picked up second-place finishes at both of those matches as well as a sixth-place finish at Bay View on March 3 with a 67.
Tomo Arai ('16) and Jake Yeager ('17) competed for the Navigators on the boys side. Coming into the championships as the 24th seed, Arai shot an 87 and finished 14th. He shot a season-low round of 68 at Bay View on March 17. Yeager's 100 earned him 25th place in the championships, and capped off a season where his low score was a 69 at Hawaii Kai on March 24.