UH places ninth at intercollegiate golf contest

NORTH SHORE (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii men's golf team was unable to turn a strong start into a win at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate Golf Competition, shooting a collective 301 on Friday after back-to-back rounds of 290 during the previous two rounds.

The contest, held at the Arnold Palmer Course at the Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku on Oahu's North Shore, was won by No. 11 California, which shot a three-round 847.

Finishing behind the Golden Bears in the team standings were No. 15 UNLV (854) and No. 20 Duke (854), who tied for second, No. 25 New Mexico (855), and No. 14 Texas A&M (856).

U.H. placed ninth.

Duke's Julian Suri was the individual champion, closing with a 2-under 70 to edge Max Homa of California by four strokes. He finished the tournament at 11-under 205.

Senior T.J Kua was one of only 11 golfers to shoot under par on Friday, posting a 3-under 69 despite tough pin placements and harsh winds for much of the day. The Lihue, Kaua'i native finished in a three-way tie for eighth place with a 3-under 213 total.

Junior Cory Oride, who was tied for ninth entering the final round, struggled all day in the tune of a 5-over 77. His round included three bogeys and a double bogey and the Lihue, Kaua'i native finished 1-over 217 for a tie for 23rd.

Sophomore Tommy Yamashita finished the tournament with a final round 82 for a 228 total and tie for 60th. Junior Nainoa Calip posted his only birdie of the day on the 18th in a round of 78 and also tied for 60th. Junior Alex Chu, who shot his second straight 77, finished at 233 for a tie for 81st.

Hawaii's next competition is slated for February 25-26 at the Wyoming Desert Classic in Palm Desert, California.

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