Gibson leads Kauai Collegiate Cup

PRINCEVILLE — Oklahoma Christian University’s Rhein Gibson lost his ball on the Par 3, 7th hole at the Princeville Makai Lakes golf course yesterday at the 8th Kaua‘i Collegiate Cup.

“That was the hardest hole,” Gibson said. “Otherwise, it was good except for the rain. I was doing well and was 7-under until the wind picked up. But then I got around for an even par.”

After two rounds, Gibson tops the leaderboard, holding onto his 7-under 72 in the individual standings, while the Eagles of Oklahoma Christian hold the lead in the team standings with a 274 for 14-under par.

Anthony Imburgia of Eastern Illinois University trails Gibson by a stroke at 6-under par. Gibson’s teammate Fernando Gonzales currently holds the third spot with a 5-under.

Oklahoma Christian enters the Kauai Collegiate Cup for the first time as the top-ranked team in the National Association of Intercollegiate Alliance. They are led by Bruno Buccolo and Gibson, who are both two-time NAIA All-Americans.

The Eagles have an 11-shot lead over second-place Ohio University in the team standings.

With Gibson’s 65, Oklahoma Christian tied the host school Western Kentucky University for the second-lowest team round in Kauai Collegiate Cup history. Gibson’s 65 was one shot off the tournament record set by Western Kentucky’s Robby Shaw in 2005.

The teams play to a par 72 and a slope of 132 over 6,901 yards.

Other teams participating are Jackson State, British Columbia, North Dakota State, Hawai‘i Pacific universities and the University of Toronto.

The collegiate cup wraps today. Golfers tee up at 7:30 a.m., with an awards ceremony to follow.

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