PRINCEVILLE — California State University Fullerton holds a two-stroke lead over Mississippi State following the opening round of the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational golf tournament on Monday.
Chad Ramey of Mississippi State led the field, finishing the clear, near-windless course with a 9-under par 63 at the Princeville Makai Golf Club.
He was challenged by Mark Anguiano of CSU Fullerton, who finished 7-under par 65 on the course which played a par 72 at 7,223 yards.
Anguiano led the CSU Fullerton team to an opening round 272, just two strokes ahead of Mississippi State who, with Ramey in the lead, finished at 274.
Brian Lee, second seed for the host University of Hawaii, finished third overall in individual play, but with the remainder of the team finishing below the top 50, the Warriors B team is tied for 14th place with Idaho at 292.
Skye Inakoshi finished 1-under par and Nainoa Calip finished even par for Hawaii.
Justin “Pono” Tokioka, a Kauai High School graduate, finished the opening round tied for 90th with a 79. Other Hawaii golfers in the B team included Justin Chu (74), Ryan Kuroiwa (76) and Zachary Braunthal (76).
Following Inakoshi, other Hawaii golfers included David Saka (74), Thomas Yamashita (77), and Scott Yamashita (78).
The Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational features 18 top NCAA, Division I collegiate golf teams, including Baylor University, the defending 2012 champions.
Kyle Jones, the No. 2 golfer for the Bears, led the defending champions to a sixth place finish Monday. He shot 5-under par 67, followed by No. 5 golfer, Charles White, who ended at 2-under par 70, and Niclas Mansson, who carded a 1-under par 71. The Baylor team score is 282.
Other participating teams include Louisville (274), San Francisco (277), East Tennessee State University (280), Arizona State (284), Middle Tennessee State (284), Mississippi (286), Utah (288), Cal Poly (289), San Diego (289), Pepperdine (290), Idaho (292), UC Santa Barbara (293), and Boise State (294).
Individuals include Mathias Schjoelberg of Arizona State (72), Mathias Wentjarvi of San Francisco (77) and Skyler Finnell of San Diego (79).
The second round of the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational tees off starting at 7:30 a.m. today.