WAILUA — Shotaro Ban fired a 5-under par 67 to lead California on Wednesday at the opening round of the John A. Burns golf tournament at the Wailua Golf Course.
Four-time defending champion California holds the team lead with a 282 following 18 holes of play, five strokes better than runner-up University of Nevada—Las Vegas (287) and six strokes better than Texas A&M (288).
Texas—El Paso, led by the 1-under par 71 from Martin Simonsen, sits at 289 in fourth place, two strokes better than Virginia that got 1-under par performances from Ji Soo Park and Danny Walker.
Justin Chu, Hawaii’s leading golfer, finished in a seven-way tie for eighth place at 1-under par 71 to give the host Warriors a tie for sixth place with Colorado State. Both teams finished 5-over par 293.
Ban’s 67 in whispering breezes and warm sunshine put him in the leader’s slot for individualists, just a stroke ahead of Arizona’s George Cunningham (68).
UNLV’s John Oda sits in third place at 3-under par 69 ahead of a four-way tie for fourth place between Adria Arnaus of Texas A&M, Kevin Techakanokboon of Long Beach State, Kurt Kitayama of UNLV, Andrej Bevins of New Mexico.
Following Chu, Scott Yamashita finished at 73, Brian Lee shot a 74, Skye Inakoshi is at 75, and Justin “Pono” Tokioka fired an 82.
The 39th John A. Burns golf tournament continues with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. today,