Golf: Hilo 13-year-old Park fires 69 in Vegas

The Las Vegas weather was hot, Hilo’s Dysen Park said, but the wind made it manageable.

Besides, Park was so sizzling with his golf game, the triple-digit temperatures probably wouldn’t have mattered anyway.

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The 13-year put a memorable stamp on his stay at the World Stars of Junior Golf Championship, carding a 3-under 69, the second time he’s beaten par in a tournament.

He finished 12th in the boys 13-14 division at 229 after opening with consecutive 80s.

“My putter wasn’t working the first two round rounds, and I was not hitting very (many) greens,” Park said in a text to the Tribune-Herald. “Today was just one of those days that everything drops.”

Especially on at Paiute Golf Club’s back nine, which served as Park’s first nine holes Thursday.

The Waiakea Intermediate eighth-grader opened with back-to-back birdies before a birdie binge that saw him pick up four birdies during a six-hole stretch.

His most memorable hole came on the par-4 15th, which features split fairways. His drive went far left into the rough.

“It was a pretty remarkable birdie,” Park said. “I decided to take an 8-iron with bunkers in the front and wind into my face and I launched it into the air and it went inside 3 feet.”

After a bogey-free back nine, he played the front at 1-over, tying for the second best round of the day.

In the older boys division, Waiakea junior Aidan Oki closed with a 10-over 82 to finish at 243 and in tie for 19th.

Hilo High’s Chanelle Hwang made an eagle on the par-3 11th during a 76 that left her at 246 and in 14th in girls 13-14.

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• Waiakea graduate Britney Yada shot a 76 during the opening round of the Symetra Tour’s Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic in Rochester, N.Y.. The projected cutline after the second round was even-par.

Yada, who held a conditional LPGA Tour card in 2017, is playing in her ninth Symetra tournament this season. She’s made three cuts on the developmental tour, with her high finish coming in a tie for 19th in Indiana in June.