HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - David Fink re-discovered his short game on the back-9 of round 3 of the 104th Manoa Cup, to beat Pono Tokioka 3-up on Thursday.
The Iolani grad trailed Tokioka (Kauai high) by one hole through the tenth, but then rallied to win the next four holes, before halving holes 15 and 16 to finish the match.
It was the third straight day that Fink's been challenged at the Oahu Country Club. Tuesday, Brent Harrison, the lowest seed in the tourney, took Fink to the 17th hole before losing 3 & 1. Wednesday, Fink traded big shots with Alina Ching (Punahou, Pepperdine), before finally locking up a 1-up win on the 18th.
As the tournaments top seed, Finks accepted the fact that he's going to get the best from each opponent.
"Every day it kind of gets better, I kind of get into the groove of things. I feel that sort of emotion every morning and it's getting kind of less, so I guess learning from the past couple of days helps."
Tokioka put the heat on Fink early on, carding a birdie on hole one. Fink responded with birdies on two and three, but struggled with his accuracy on the green, digging himself into a 1-up deficit after bogeys on four and five.
Four groups will take the OCC course Friday morning for the Quarterfinals. Winners of those matches will then compete in the semifinals. The championship will be decided Saturday with two rounds of match play.