Golf: Hilo’s Jake Otani claims match play tournament

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Kaha'i Helm is frustrated by overshooting a putt during the Big Island final of the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association match play tournament against Jake Otani at Hilo Municipal Golf Course.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Jake Otani plans his putt Wednesday during the Big Island final for ages 7-12 of the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association match play tournament against Kaha'i Helm at Hilo Municipal Golf Course.

Hilo’s Jake Otani defeated Keaau’s Kaha’i Helm 3 and 1 on Wednesday at Hilo Municipal Golf Course to capture the Big Island final for ages 7-12 of the Hawaii State Junior Golf Course Association match play tournament.

The 12-year-old Otani, who’s set to enter the seventh-grade at Waiakea Intermediate, secured a spot at the Michelle Wie Tournament of Champions, slated for December on Maui.

The second-seeded Helm won two matches to reach the championship.

Otani, the top seed, drew a first-round bye and joins older sister Elle as a Michelle Wie Tournament of Champions qualifer. Elle Otani claimed the girls title earlier this month.

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