San Jose State grabs lead in Hawai‘i tourney

PUAKEA — Mark Hubbard shot a day’s best six-under par 66 to help San Jose State University take the lead at 283 following 18 holes at the University of Hawai‘i golf tournament yesterday at the Puakea Golf Course.

“He was amazing,” said Paul Ito of the Puakea Golf Course. “Mark went off from Hole 10 and crossed with a 37, one over par. But then he blasted through the front nine to finish with a seven-under.”

Hubbard was also one of 20 golfers who finished the course in under-par figures, those numbers based on near-ideal golf weather.

Jay Myers finished with a two-under par 70 to help the San Jose State lead.

Ben Freeman finished with a 69, Luke Joy and Cody Schweinefus each carded one-under par 71s to help Drake University to its second place finish with a 284.

Finishing a stroke back at 285 for third place, Gonzaga University had two golfers Kyle Huus (71) and Bowdy Ehler (69) finish under par.

Alex Ching, a graduate of Punahou and a strong Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association golfer, finished with a three-under 69 to help lead the University of San Diego which finished in a tie with James Madison University at 286 for fourth place.

Joining Ching, Jason Shano finished with a 71 for Drake. Tim Driver finished with a 68 to help the James Madison University showing.

Kaua‘i boy T.J. Kua came through with a one-under 71 to lead the host University of Hawai‘i team that finished with a 295 and ninth overall.

Ito said there is still a lot more golf on tap and with five golfers with Hawai‘i ties, spectators have lots to watch.

Besides Kua, Jarred Sawada (Hawai‘i) is from Mililani and blasted out to a strong showing only to finish with a one-over 73. Pono Calip (Hawai‘i) is from the Big Island and finished with an 82.

Ching is the leader for the University of San Diego and Kurt Nino, another Hawai‘i golfer, finished even par 72 for the University of San Francisco.

Tee times for this morning is 11 a.m. with the tournament wrapping up tomorrow with 8 a.m. tee times.

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