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Updated at 7:52 p.m., Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Punahou schoolmates, Wie and Ching, win Skills event

By Ann Miller
Advertiser Staff Writer

Pro Michelle Wie and amateur Alex Ching defeated pro Dean Wilson and Kauai amateur Miki Ueoka in a playoff today to win the inaugural King Auto Group Pro-Junior Skills Challenge at Waialae Country Club.

Both teams finished the four skills challenges — a chip shot, a trouble shot from behind a tree, a long bunker shot, and a 60-foot putt — with 28 points.

In the playoff — an approach shot from 100 yards out — Ching, a Punahou junior, put his shot to about nine feet, the closest player to the pin.

Winners of each of these sklls received 10 points with two points for last-place team.

The tournament donated $10,000 to the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association. A $10,000 purse to the pros also was donated to the HSJG.

The event featured five pros teamming with five Hawaii juniors.

Pro Jerry Kelly and Kaimuki High's Chan Kim finished third 26.

Pro David Love III and Honokaa's Sean Maekawa was fourth 24 points. Pro Parker McLachlin and Elyse Okada finished with 16.