The Maui Interscholastic League individual golf championships have been shortened to 54 holes and thus will end with Friday’s third round at the Wailea Blue Course.
The fourth and final round had been scheduled for Makena Golf Club on Saturday, but the MIL was told recently that practice rounds would not be available to MIL players at Makena.
The MIL players were allowed to play practice rounds at the other three courses on the individual Championships list: the first round was played at The Dunes at Maui Lani and the second round was played at the Kaanapali Kai Course.
The MIL came to the decision to shorten the individual tournament to three rounds through a vote by the league’s Athletic directors on Monday morning. The league emailed a news release to The Maui News on Tuesday morning.
“In order to keep a level playing field with all the Golfers having the ability to practice at the courses they will be competing at while adhering to the venue-specific COVID Protocols at each location, the MIL Individual Golf Championships will now be a 54 hole tournament, ” the news release said. “The final round will be held on Friday the 22nd of April at the Wailea Blue Golf Club with an awards ceremony to be held immediately following its conclusion.”
The MIL gets 15 spots to the David S. Ishii Foundation / HHSAA boys state tournament set for May 9-10 at the Kaanapali Royal Course. As the MIL team champions, Maui Prep already owns five of those spots, and the 10 others will go to the top finishers in the MIL individual tournament who are not MPA team players.
The MIL gets 10 spots to the girls state tournament set for May 6-7 at the Kaanapali Kai Course. As the MIL team champions, Baldwin already owns four of those spots, and the six others will go to the top finishers in the MIL individual tournament who are not Baldwin team players.
Makena is a private facility – a phone call from The Maui News seeking comment was not returned.
MIL golf Coordinator Jonathan Conrad, the Athletic director at Lahainaluna High School, said the league made its decision based on fairness of letting all players play practice rounds on each of the courses used in the individual Championships.
Conrad emphasized the MIL understands the situation at Makena and hopes to play there in future seasons.
The MIL usually reserves golf courses for the spring season in September. Conrad got even a permit for the Maui County-run Waiehu Municipal Golf Course, which takes reservations only 72 hours in advance, would have had to have been filed in September for the 45 players, boys and girls, who advance to the final round.
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