Best in Class at the Hawaii Tourism Pro-Junior Challenge

Three shots that stopped within 6 feet of the hole gave PGA TOUR pro Lanto Griffin and Punahou junior Karissa Kilby the win at Tuesday’s 18th annual Hawaii Tourism Pro-Junior Challenge.  The exhibition paired five pros from this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii with five of Hawaii’s finest junior golfers. The beneficiary was the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association, which received $10,000.

This year’s new format at Waialae Country Club opened with a pre-show by trick shot artist Dan Boever, then the Plywood Challenge on the 18th fairway, as players tried to blast a nearby board lined with cans. They got one point for hitting the board and three for exploding a Pepsi can.  There were two soda can explosions. None came from Kilby or Griffin, but they blasted into a tie for first when Kilby beat everybody in the Closest to the Pin contest, leaving the ball 5 feet, 8 inches from the hole from 60 yards out, and Griffin chipped to about 5 feet in the Trick Shot chip-off.

They won out over Roosevelt senior Kolbe Irei and 2018 Sony Open runner-up James Hahn when Griffin coaxed a tough cross-green putt to 3 feet in the final Bonus Challenge.

2020 Pro-Junior Teams

  • Team 1: Kolbe Irei (Roosevelt High School) and James Hahn
  • Team 2: Peter Jung (Maryknoll High School) and Parker McLachlin
  • Team 3: Karissa Kilby (Punahou School) and Lanto Griffin
  • Team 4: Marshall Kim, Jr., (Punahou School) and Michael Gellerman
  • Team 5: Jennifer Koga (Laurel Springs School) and Smylie Kaufman

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