Birdies on the first two holes propelled Punahou senior Evan Kawai and pro partner Kyle Thompson to the championship of the Hawaii Tourism Authority Pro-Junior Challenge Tuesday.
Kawai chipped to four feet and Thompson converted on the opening hole — No. 10 at Waialae Country Club. Kawai, who will play for the University of San Diego golf team in the fall, hit the green at the par-3 11th and drained the 25-foot putt to give his team a two-stroke advantage. The was enough to hold off Tony Finau and Pono Yanagi, who eagled the final hole, and Mark Wilson and Camie Hamada, who birdied it. Those teams tied for second at 1-under par in the three-hole alternate-shot exhibition, which is part of Sony Open in Hawaii tournament week.
Marty Dou and Davis Lee shared fourth with Jimmy Walker and Malia Nam. Both teams were even par. Nam won longest-drive honors on the opening hole and Lee was closest to the hole at the 11th.
The annual event raised $10,000 for the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association. The Sony Open, the first-full field PGA TOUR event of 2018, begins Thursday, with the Pro-Am Wednesday.