HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In the professional ranks, golf is, at its core, an individual sport.
When played at the high school level? Team triumphs are much more important.
"Me and my teammates have been trying to get this title for like the past three years now," said Moanalua senior Shawn Lu. "So it's a blessing that we finally did it our senior year."
Lu and Na Menehune came from ten strokes behind to top Punahou for the HHSAA state golf championship on Thursday. The Moanalua team finished with a two-day 594, six strokes ahead of Punahou who finished with a team total 600.
"Last night, we knew we could do it," said Lu. "10 strokes is... You would think it's a lot, but it's not. It's not that many strokes. Just a couple screw ups here and there, and 10 strokes, bam, right there."
Months away from the beginning of his collegiate golf career at Oregon State, Lu also claimed the state's individual championship, shooting a 71 on Thursday to secure the title.