Alex Ching wins 100th Manoa Cup

Alex Ching
Alex Ching
Kurt Nino
Kurt Nino

By Stephen Florino - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Fellow golfers say 18-year old Alex Ching is the best amateur in the state. He proved it Saturday, by winning the 100th Manoa Cup.

We're only in June, but it's already Ching's year. He played in the Sony Open, won the ILH and state golf titles, and now, he can add the state's top amateur title to his collection.

With some help from defending champ Kurt Nino, Alex Ching puts on the green jacket, as champion of the 100th Manoa Cup.

"It felt good, me and Kurt are buddies, so, it's just good to be in that group of people," said Ching.

That group -- winners of the most prestegious golf trophy in the state. What's more impressive about the victory -- how he did it, dominating runner up Jonathan Ota, 8 and 7, in the 36 hole finale.

"He just was tearing up the course the whole week," said Ota. "Tried my best, was a little tired, so didn't have my a game, but he really played well. He's a deserving champion."

Home green advantage played a factor. Ching calls the Oahu Country Club his home course.

"It helped a lot," said Ching. "The pins were in tough situations, and you know, the greens were rolling, the edges were shaved, so you know, i knew i just had to go out there and play conservative and play aggressive at the same time."

That added up to a convincing victory, but it's not complete, until one last tradition.

"after he beat me, I told him, you not Manoa Cup champion until you go in the pool," said Ota.

Ota was among the group that tossed Ching in the pool.

"The past five days it's been raining and cold, so it was good that it was sunny and felt refreshing," said Ching.

Up next for Ching -- rest. He said he was up at 4:30 almost every morning this week, to make those 7:00 tee times.

The Punahou grad will then enjoy the rest of his summer, before starting college at the University of San Diego.