Donegan Repeats as Winner of Hawaii State Am Stroke Play Championship

Niall Shiels Donegan of Mill Valley made a return trip to Hawaii and came back with the trophy again.

The 17-year-old Donegan captured the 60th Hawaii State Amateur Stroke Play Championship for the second straight year by four strokes over Joshua Hayashida, Isaiah Kanno and Katsuhiro Yamashita, all of Hawaii, at Leilehua Golf Course at Schofield Barracks in Honolulu.

Donegan, a native of Scotland who is a senior at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley and has committed to Northwestern for next Fall, finished second in his previous three events—the AmateurGolf.Com Silicon Valley Amateur, the AGC Pacific Grove City Championship and the Gobbler Amateur.  

The scheduled 72-hole Hawaii Stroke Play Amateur was shortened to 54 holes after the first round was cancelled because of fallen trees and debris on the course due to recent storms.

Donegan, who won by three strokes last year, posted a score of 70-70-69—209, while Hayashida of Mililani, Hawaii, finished at 73-71-69—213, Kanno would up 67-74-72—213, and Yahashita shot 70-69-74–213.

Kyle Nakazaki of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, was fifth at 72-73-70—215, while Anson Cabello of Kahului, Hawaii, carded a score of 70-75-71—216 to tie for sixth with Luciano Conlan of Haleiwa, Hawaii, who finished at 73-72-71—216, and Shawn Sakoda of Honolulu was eighth at 77-72-69—218.

Spencer Shishido of Honolulu totaled 72-76-71—219 to tie for ninth with Andy Okita of Mililani, who shot 74-72-73—219, and Derek Chinen of Kaneohe, Hawaii, who came in at 73-69-77—219.

Lewis Simon of Torrance tied for 12th at 74-78-68—220.

By winning, Donegan joined Damien Jamila (1990, 1991, 1992, 1998), Regan Lee (1997, 1999), Matt Kodama (2004, 2005), Lorens Chan (2009, 2011) and John Oda (2012, 2013) as multiple winners of the tournament.

In 1964, Arthur “Babe” Carter captured the first Hawaii State Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Waialae Country Club, where it was played until 1986.

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