HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Thirty-six soggy holes after play resumed at the Oahu Country Club in Nu'uanu, the 108th Manoa Cup has its championship pairing.
BYU Hawaii golfer Brent Grant and Baldwin High School senior Justin Ngan advanced on Friday to the final day of tournament play despite a steady downpour throughout the morning's quarterfinal round. They'll play 36 holes to decide the title on Saturday.
Grant's berth in the semifinal came at the expense of another college golfer who had eyes on the cup. Chaminade's Justin Taparra, the 17th-seeded golfer in the tournament, upset 2015 runner up Dalen Yamauchi in the quarters to advance to the semifinal round. He was upended by Grant, 5 and 3, in the semifinals.
"The wind and the rain were horrible," said Grant, shortly after the completion of his semifinal round. "The strongest wind and the most rain I think I've played in in a long time. So it was tough to get comfortable at first, but once I did, the sun kind of came out, I took off all the rain gear, and started rolling again."
He'll spend Saturday playing against a golfer even younger than he is; Ngan, 17, logged victories over Evan Kawai (3 and 2) and Shawn Lu (2 and 1) in order to advance to the final round.
"It feels pretty good," said Ngan. "I didn't think this would happen, but wow. I'm here. Finally."