Manoa Cup: Nino wins 99th Playing of Historic Event

HONOLULU, Hawaii (June 16, 2007) -- Kurt Nino, the 2004 state high school champion about to start his junior year at San Francisco, won the 36-hole Manoa Cup match play championship today with an 8 and 7 victory over incoming USC junior Edward "E.J." Stenftenagel at Oahu Country Club. The 99th playing of the Manoa Cup ended when Nino made a 30-foot birdie putt on the 11th hole, No. 28 on the day.

Nino had taken a 5-up lead after the first five holes and never trailed.

It was Nino's second 36-hole Manoa Cup final. He lost to Kellen-Floyd Asao in 2003, at age 15.

It was Stenftenagel's first Manoa Cup. He lives in Indian Wells, Calif., and had played OCC just once before this week.

- story courtesy Honolulu Advertiser

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Match play tournament that is a part of the Governor John A Burns Challenge Cup. The winner of this event, in a unique 'ritual' is tossed into the pool at Oahu Country Club.

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