The challenge of a small state competing against a country came to an unsurprising conclusion at the 11th annual HSJGA Asia-Pacific Junior Cup last week in Yamasaki, Japan.
Japan's finest high school players beat the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association team 29-3. Japan leads the series 8-2.
Davis Lee, a Mid-Pacific Institute sophomore, and AJ Teraoka, a Moanalua senior, earned two of Hawaii's points with singles victories. Maui High junior Reese Guzman, the state high school runner-up, halved her singles match to earn a half point.
The event was founded by Hilton Grand Vacations Club and HSJGA president Mary Bea Porter-King, "to foster good will between Hawaii and international players in a fun Ryder Cup style tournament." It was played at Waikoloa Kings' the first nine years and went to Japan for the first time last year. It is scheduled to return to Hawaii in 2018.
Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser