Rainbows to tee off on Kauai again

LIHUE — If Ronn Miyashiro, the University of Hawaii men’s golf coach, had his way, he would love to see collegiate golf continue on Kauai.

“We love coming here to play,” Miyashiro said. “But there are things beyond our control, like the rising fees, and the budget which sometimes keeps us home.”

Miyashiro and the Hawaii men’s golf team will be on Kauai Feb. 18-20 for the John A. Burns Intercollegiate golf tournament which will be contested at the Wailua Golf Course over the three days.

On the roster of the Hawaii men’s golf, Kauai native Pono Tokioka, an alumnus of Kauai High School, will be among the golfers playing over the par 72-, 6,991-yard course.

This is the second time the Hawaii golf team will be on Kauai this season. The first trip took place in November when they participated in the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational, hosted by the Hawaii golf team.

“The winter break has been good,” Miyashiro said. “The boys have had time to recover and rest. We come to Kauai on the heels of the Amer Ari Invitational at the Waikoloa Kings Course (Feb. 5-7). Hopefully, the boys won’t be tired from that and will play good rounds here.”

The public is invited to view the tournament that features 16 committed collegiate teams and opens with the practice round at 9 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Wailua Golf Course.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa men’s teams have the first two slots, teeing off at 9 a.m. and 9:10 a.m.

Joining host University of Hawaii, other teams committed to the tournament include the University of Arizona, University of Virginia, University of New Mexico, University of Texas-El Paso, Brigham Young University, University of California, University of Hawaii-Hilo, Fresno State University, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Colorado State University, Long Beach State and Santa Clara University.

The tournament format is 54-hole stroke play with 18 holes being played on each day from a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Scoring is the low four scores each round for the team total. Team and individual ties will be broken by sudden death playoffs.

“We’ll be traveling a lot this year,” Miyashiro said. “Following the Burns tournament at Wailua, the remainder of our schedule is on the road. We’ll be at Cal Poly, Arizona State, the Western Intercollegiate at Santa Cruz, California, ending at the Big West Championships in San Louis Obispo, California. That’s a lot of traveling.”

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