OAHU, Hawaii (June 14, 2014) -- Each year, the winner of the Manoa Cup gets tossed by his fellow golfers into the Oahu Country Club pool. It's a tradition that started in 1959. After the champagne was poured into the silver Manoa Cup mug to start the victory celebration, the new winner was picked up and thrown into the water.
This year that person was Nainoa Calip, a former University of Hawaii golfer who just finished an excellent 2013-14 college campaign in which he finished runner-up twice in tournaments. He defeated former UH Hilor golfer Isaac Jauffers 6-and-5 in the Saturday final. After draining a long putt to move 5-up with six holes to play, Calip was able to end the match when Jauffers' tee ball found trouble off the tee on the next hole.
The Manoa Cup is one of the oldest continually-held championships in the country, having first been contested in 1907. The points earned by players count towards the Governor John Burns Challenge Cup. In 2001, Michelle Wie became the first female player to qualify for match play, at age 11.
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