University of Hawai'i freshman Cameron Kaneko fired a first round 2-under 70 Friday and is one stroke off the lead at the 2016 Big West Conference Men's Golf Championship at the Wood Ranch Golf Club.
Kaneko trails first round leader Zach Smith of UC Santa Barbara and is tied for second place with Cal Poly's Jimmy Castles and UC Riverside's Brandon Tsujimoto. Competing in his first Big West Championship, Kaneko was one of only six golfers to break par and momentarily took the lead at 4-under after his first 13 holes. He birdied Nos. 10, 12 and 13 before consecutive bogeys at 14 and 15 dropped him back to 2-under for his round.
As a team, the Rainbow Warriors are in ninth place at 307. UCSB was the only team under par at 1-under 287. UC Davis is second (292) followed by Cal Poly (293), Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside, and CSUN (294), Long Beach State (295), defending champion UC Irvine (301), and UH.
UH was 4-over on the front before a disastrous back nine. Aside from Kaneko, who shot 1-under 35, the rest of the team combined for 20-over par, which included four double bogeys and one triple.
James Horton, Scotty Yamashita, and Sam Schwartz each shot 7-over 79 and is tied for 39th while Skye Inakoshi posted 8-over 80.
The tournament continues on Tuesday with Round 2.
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