Morita Defeats Nino, Advances to Manoa Cup Final

Kurt Nino
Kurt Nino
Layne Morita
Layne Morita

By Brian Ojima - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Kurt Nino looked poised to win another Manoa Cup Championship, but he ran into a tough opponent in Layne Morita on Friday during the semi-finals at the Oahu Country Club.

At the turn, Morita was 1-up on Nino, but both players halved the 10th hole. Then on the 11th, Nino missed his putt, while Morita drained his to go up 2.

Nino, who made some tough putts to beat defending champ, Alex Ching, a day earlier, struggled on the greens against Morita.

On the 13th hole, Nino had a chance to win the hole, but he missed a short putt to fall 3 back of Morita.

Morita goes on to beat Nino, 1-up, and will now face T.J. Kua in Saturday's Championship Final.

Kua beat Ryan Perez, 3 and 2 to advance to the finals against Morita.