Illinois St. crowned Kaua‘i Collegiate Cup champs

PRINCEVILLE — The rain didn’t stop the 7th Annual Kaua‘i Collegiate Cup from happening, but it did shorten the scheduled 54-hole event to just 18 holes.

“In all the years we’ve been down here, it’s never been like this. It’s very uncharacteristic to have these type of conditions, but we managed to complete another successful event,” Western Kentucky’s Paul Just said.

Illinois St. took top honors at the Princeville Makai Golf Course yesterday in the final round of the tournament.

The Redbirds made the most of their time on the course, outpacing the field by seven strokes with a team score of 278, a healthy 10-under-par for the 6,953-yard Makai Course, ranked among the top 100 golf courses in the nation and among the top 50 resort courses in the world.

Leading the way for Illinois St. was the tournament medalist Matt Miller, who fired a six-under-par 66 for the round. His score was two strokes better than the 68’s posted by Darren Lundgren of Rollins College and Eric Johnson of North Dakota St.

Rounding out the scoring for the Red-birds were Kris Wildenradt (three-under 69), Matt Maskel (two-under 70), Chris Eddy (73), and Ben Murphy (76).

Taking runner-up honors was Western Illinois (285), paced by Tim Streng with his 69. Princeton was third (286), followed by Rollins (287), Murray St. (289), host and 2005 champion Western Kentucky (290), Yale (291), North Dakota St. (295), Skidmore College (299), Toronto (301), BYU-Hawai‘i (326), and Walters State (Tennessee) Junior College.

Last year’s top golfer, Robby Shaw shot an even-par 72.

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