LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - University of Hawai'i junior Skye Inakoshi finished in a four-way tie for the individual title after Friday's final round of the 40th John Burns Intercollegiate at the Wailua Golf Course.
Inakoshi along with Texas' Beau Hossler and Gavin Hall and California's K.K. Limbhasut, finished at 6-under 210 for the tournament. Inakoshi, a Honolulu native who shot a final round 3-under 69, is UH's first individual champion in the 40-year history of the tournament.
The junior took over the lead early in the round and was 8-under through 12 holes before a double bogey on the par-3, No. 3 dropped him into a tie for the lead with Hall and a bogey on No. 4, dropped him a shot back. Two holes later he birdied the No. 6 hole to get back to 6-under and parred his final two holes.
Hall's birdie on No. 13 gave him the outright lead until he bogeyed the par-3 17th. Meanwhile Hossler birdied his finishing hole the par-5, No. 1 while Limbhasut got to 6-under after a birdie on No. 17.
During the three days of competition, Inakoshi posted a tourney-best 20 birdies – including six on Friday – while the next nearest competitor had 14.
No. 8 Texas, which momentarily saw its second round lead disappear late in the round, held off No. 17 California by five strokes for its first Burns title. The Longhorns shot a final round 284 for an 844 total while five-time defending champion Golden Bears shot 282 for an 849 total. No. 42 Texas A&M finished third at 863.
Behind Inakoshi, UH's "A" team placed 11th at 881 after a final round 296. The "B" team finished 16th with a third round 306 for a 920 total. Also competing with Inakoshi on the "A" team were senior Scotty Yamashita (221; t-41st); sophomore James Horton (224; t-49th); freshman Cameron Kaneko (230, 79th); and sophomore Chayutpol Kittirattanapaiboon (234; 88th).
The "B" squad was led by Kaua'i-native Pono Tokioka who posted a final round 75 for a 224 total and tie for 49th place. Also competing for the "B" team were freshman Sam Schwartz (227; t-65th); Kaua'i native Bryden Salvador (235, 89th); senior Justin Chu (239, t-92nd); and senior Chad McLay (240, 95th).
The Rainbow Warriors will next compete in the Jackrabbit Invitational, March 7-8, in Primm, Nev.