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Eagle keeps Pepperdine’s Wedel in lead

PRINCEVILLE — Pepperdine’s Frederick Wedel continued to hold the lead spot after firing a 9-under-par 63 Tuesday during the second round of the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational golf tournament.

His performance on the humid, squishy course topped the day’s round and boosted his overall performance to a 17-under-par 127 over two days.

Wedel, playing in a foursome with University of Hawaii’s Brian Lee Gail Oride, earned applause from the crowd at the Makai Golf Club No. 18 when his fairway shot dropped within two feet of the pin.

From there, Wedel’s short putt yielded an eagle, painting a broad smile across his face.

Ollie Schniederjans of Georgia Tech, ranked No. 3 in the nation, fired a 7-under-par 65 to pull to a three-way tie with Grant Forrest of San Diego (66) and Robin Sciot-Siegrist of Louisville (65) with a two-day 131.

Schniederjans’ performance led No. 11 Georgia Tech, who holds the team lead with a two-day 545 (272-273), four strokes ahead of No. 28 Arizona State at 549 (277-272).

Scotty Yamashita recovered from a rough opening round to finish with a 1-under-par 71 to lead the Hawaii scoring. Yamashita, tied for No. 73, was followed by Justin Chu at 73, Brian Lee, finishing 2-over-par 74 with Ryan Kuroiwa, and Zachary Braunthal at 75.

Hawaii slipped from its 11th finish on Monday to settle in a tie for 13th with Utah at 584.

Justin “Pono” Tokioka, a Lihue native, came in at 76 following his career-best 69 on Monday. Other Hawaii individualists included Skye Inakoshi, who ended with a 2-under-par 70, Adrian Lee with a 2-over-par 74, and Chayutpol Kittirattanapaiboon, who took 10 strokes off his opening round for a 78.

The final round takes off with a shotgun start at 8:30 this morning at the Princeville Makai Golf Club.

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