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Wie, Kaneko in Final Round of LPGA Event

Michelle Wie Michelle Wie
Ayaka Kaneko Ayaka Kaneko

By Stephen Florino

KO OLINA (KHNL) -- Two local teenagers play in the final round of the LPGA's Fields Open at Ko Olina. One is a familiar name. The other is not.

But you might be surprised at who turned in the better round.

Michelle Wie is back in Hawaii, trying to regain her old form.

But a local high school senior outshined Michelle in her homecoming.

It's the end of a frustrating final round for Michelle Wie.

A six over 78, scoring three birdies, but also had four bogeys, one double bogey, and a triple bogey on 18.

"Just the ball striking wasn't the way I wanted to," said Wie. "I misread a couple of putts, but like I said, felt a little rusty out there. Gotta play it out."

After playing all last year with two injured wrists, this is Wie's first tournament of 2008.

Another first -- Sacred Hearts senior Ayaka Kaneko made the cut for the first time in four LPGA events. Even though she shot a one under 71, she says it was a frustrating final nine.

"Actually, I'm kinda disappointed about today, because I was playing very well in the front line," said Kaneko. "but I shot, I think, 39 in the back nine, so i just have to fix my swing and my putting stroke."

Despite the finishes, both local girls say the support from the home crowd is overwhelming.

"I wanted to represent Hawaii well, and I wanted to play well for them," said Kaneko.

"It's just really nice," said Wie. "A lot of my family friends, and couple of friends came out today, so it was really nice playing in front of them."

And they couldn't be more proud.

Kaneko finished tied for 45th. She wins no money because she's an amateur, but would've got $5,400.

Wie finishes tied for last, and makes $2,500.

Paula Creamer won, shooting six under 66. It's her second win in Hawaii in two years.

Kaneko says her next tournament is next month in Texas.

Wie says she's not sure when she'll play next. She's expected to be there for the first major of the year. Organizers of the Kraft Nabisco Championship have already given her an invitation.

That tournament is in early April.

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