Burns Intercollegiate opens today at Wailua

WAILUA — A shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. marks the start of the 41st annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate at the Wailua Golf Course.

The University of Hawaii mens golf program under coach Ronn Miyashiro hosts the 18-team field which includes seven teams ranking in the Top 50, including five-time champion California whose reign was broken last year by Texas.

Fourth-ranked Virginia is the highest ranked team in the field that also includes No. 18 Texas A&M, No. 23 University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and No. 25 Kennesaw State.

Playing for the University of Hawaii, Kauai natives Pono Tokioka, a graduate of Kauai High School, is enjoying his senior year, and Bryden Salvador, a graduate of Kapaa High School, is a sophomore who will be competing as an individualist.

Golfers will play a total of 54 holes over the three days at the 6,991-yard, par 72 course.

This is the fourth consecutive year the tournament has been contested at the Wailua Golf Course, a municipal course which played host to three USGA National Public Links Championships and has a Top 10 rating by Golf Digest as one of the best courses in the state of Hawaii.

The John A Burns Intercollegiate is considered the University of Hawaii’s premier golf tournament, providing some of the nation’s top-ranked programs with the opportunity to compete against one another in the 50th state.

Some of the Burns champions include Tiger Woods of Stanford in 1996, Bob Clampett who won at Wailua in 1978, Steve Pate of UCLA in 1983, Notah Begay of Stanford in 1995, and Bo Van Pelt of Oklahoma State in 1997.


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