Cal captures 5th Burns championship

WAILUA — The California Golden Bears golf team captured its fifth straight John A. Burns Intercollegiate Golf tournament Friday with a 12-under 852 after firing a final round 279 at the Wailua Golf Course on Friday.

The Bears were led by Shotaro Ban, who fired a 3-under 69 and captured the individualist title with an overall 8-under 208 following 54 holes.

K.K. Limbhaust, another Golden Bear, finished with a 5-under 67, the day’s best round, to help the team victory. Limbhaust finished the tournament tied for fourth with a 4-under 212 (72-73-67).

New Mexico was seven strokes off the pace at 859 for the runner-up spot followed by UNLV at 868 for third place.

UNLV players John Oda, a graduate of Moanalua High School on Oahu, and Kurt Kitayama led the charge, both players earning second and third places, respectively as individualists.

Oda fired a 1-under 71 to end the three days with a 6-under 210 (69-70-71), a stroke better than Kitayama’s 211 (70-71-70).

Hawaii, host of the John A. Burns Intercollegiate tournament, fired a final round 290, led by Justin Chu (71-80-69-220), to finish at 889 (293-306-290).

The Rainbow Warriors’ B team finished 16th at 929 (313-311-305).

Chu led Hawaii with five birdies to finish 3-under 69 for a 220 following 54 holes. Scotty Yamashita fired an even par 72 on the final round to tie with Chu at 17th.

Kauai native Justin “Pono” Tokioka fired a 79 to finish the tournament at 243 (82-82-79).

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