By Brooks Baehr - bio | email
HONOLULU, (HawaiiNewsNow) - University of Hawaii Sophomore TJ Kua shot the best score among local golfers in the first round of the Sony Open at the Waialae Country Club Thursday.
Kua, an amateur from Kauai, finished his opening round with a one under par 69. He shot even par 35 on the front nine and one under par 34 on the back.
Kua is tied for 32 in a field of 144 golfers.
Parker McLachlin, the only card carrying member of the PGA tour from Hawaii, shot a opening round two over par 72.
"It wasn't easy out there. It was blowing a different wind this morning and pretty strong. And then it started switching. It was switching the rest of the back nine," McLachlin told Hawaii News Now.
Tadd Fujikawa agreed with McLachlin. The shifting winds Thursday morning were difficult to master.
"I think for tomorrow I'm going to go out there and go in with the same attitude. You know, just have fun and do the best that I can and whatever happens happens," Fujikawa said.
Kaneohe native Dean Wilson carded a one over par 71 Thursday.
Kevin Hayashi, the head professional at Hilo Municipal Golf Course, finished at four over par.
Nick Mason, who attended UH Hilo and now lives in Wahiawa, birdied two of his last three holes to finish at one over par.
There is a log jam atop the leaderboard. David Love, Zach Johnson, Ryan Palmer, Troy Merritt, Robert Allenby, and John Merrick all fired a five under par 65.
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