PRINCEVILLE — Following a good round led by Skye Inakoshi firing a three-under 69 on Monday, the University of Hawaii golfers set lofty goals for the final round of the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational on Tuesday.
“Pono’s personal goal is three-under,” said Rep. James Tokioka, father of University of Hawaii golfer Justin “Pono” Tokioka. “He had a bad start, bogeying early, but picked up a birdie to remain even par. His goal is still do-able.”
Following back-to-back bad swings at No. 5, Pono saved par on a nice approach from the gulley, and dropped his putt.
“He’s even par,” said Beth Tokioka, Pono’s mother. “That’s good. He’s not had bad swings up to this hole. I even brought a Spam musubi for him.”
But the bogeys showed its head on Nos. 7 and 8, and with no birdies in sight, Pono finished the final round at two-over 74, the same score he carded during the second round. He finished the 54-hole tournament with a 231 (83-74-74).
Inakoshi started the day at even par for the first four holes before a pair of double-bogeys was countered by a pair of birdies for a two-over at the crossing. Another double-bogey on the back nine settled him at four-over.
Cameron Kaneko carded the high score of the day for Hawaii at even par 72 to end the tournament at 224 (74-78-72), two strokes back of team leader Skye Inakoshi who finished the final round at four-over 76 for a 222 (77-69-76) total.
Bryden Salvador, playing as an individualist for the University of Hawaii, climbed to a 78 on his final round, ending the 54-hole tournament at 243 (83-82-78).
Hawaii finished No. 17 with a 904 (307-295-302).
Braden Thornberry of Mississippi led Ole Miss to a 33-under team 203 (277-276-278), well ahead of Sam Houston State who finished at 11-under 853 (287-279-287).
Individually, Thornberry finished as the top individualist at 13-under 203 after firing a five-under 67 in the final round. Mateusz Gradecki of East Tennessee State, the leader on opening day with a seven-under 65, finished in a tie for second at 10-under 206 with Andrew Ertel of Sam Houston State.
The Warriors next head to Maui where it will host the Ka‘anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational, Friday through Sunday on Maui at the Royal Ka‘anapali Golf Course.