Texas A&M’s Phillips takes top spot

LIHUE — After a record-setting opening round, the John A. Burns Intercollegiate has a new leader after Day 2.

Texas A&M sophomore Chandler Phillips tops the individual leaderboard, shooting a 6-under-par in the second round to have a two-day total of 11-under-par 133 (67-66).

“I’ve been putting really well, and I’ve only had three bogeys in two days,” Phillips said Thursday. “I’ve been keeping the ball in front of me. Hitting a lot on the fairways, not getting in trouble off the tee where you can out here. Just hitting a lot of greens. And if I do, I’m not short-sighting myself and getting where I can get up and down — put myself in spots where it’s not that hard to get up and down from.”

After setting a course record 10-under-par 62 in the opening round, Virginia senior Jimmy Stanger shot a 2-over-par round and slid to second on the leaderboard at 8-under-par 136 (62-74).

“Missed a few early on. Honestly, three-putted twice early on — just missing a few five-footers,” Stanger said. “That hurt my confidence more than it should have. But I went out there. Really stayed patient throughout the whole round, just wasn’t able to get any putts to fall. That was really the difference.”

“You can’t get too high. Yesterday was the best round of golf I’ve ever played. And today, it felt like I shot 80,” he added. “So, you can’t get too high or too low. Just got to realize golf is going to humble you. We’ll give it our best tomorrow and see what happens.”

Virginia still has the top spot on the team leaderboard after two days with a total of 25-under-par 551 (268-283).

“The guys hung in there for me. It’s awesome to have five guys who are going to go out there and play well. Heck, I didn’t play well today, and they all picked me up,” Stanger said. “We want to get five scorers in the 60s tomorrow. That’s our goal. But it’s awesome to have a chance to win individually and as a team, the Hawaii tournament. That would be huge honor for us.”

Texas A&M is second with 19-under-par 557 (276-281). UNLV stays at third place at 10-under-par 556 (282-284).

“We’re playing solid right now,” Phillips said. “We’ve got three guys under par for the tournament. So, that’s better we’ve been all year. We’re moving forward, and I’m just ready for tomorrow, honestly.”

Brigham Young (284-286) and Santa Clara (287-283) are both tied at fourth place at 6-under-par 570.

Tournament host University of Hawaii slid three spots to 16th place out of 18 on the team leaderboard with 23-over-par 599 (298-301).

“You know, it’s been like this all year. Just the youth of our team, it’s hot and cold,” said UH men’s golf coach Ronn Miyashiro. “Like I’ve said, consistency is the key out here. Being consistent and shooting consistent scores is what makes you stay up there in the field. It’s just something that we’ve got to work through.”

Among UH’s leaders are sophomore Cameron Kaneko and junior Chayutpol “Smart” Kittirattanapaiboon who are both 1-over-par 145 (72-73) and are tied with several others at 35th place on the individual leaderboard.

“I was doing pretty good,” Kittirattanapaiboon said. “The conditions weren’t as tough as I expected. It hasn’t been as windy. But I’ve been hitting it pretty solid. My putting was pretty good. So, I’m pretty happy with these two rounds so far.”

Kauai Interscholastic Federation alums Justin “Pono” Tokioka slid to 8-over-par (72-80) and Bryden Salvador dipped to 12-over-par (78-78).

“Them coming home, it adds a different element. It really does,” Miyashiro said. “They want to play good, and they want to put on a good showing for their home island. Sometimes, it get in their brain a little bit. It’s not an excuse, definitely. It’s something that we can’t allow to happen. Again, overall just team-wise, it’s been this way. … I think if we do the right things and keep our minds right, we’ll have better days.”

Tournament play concludes today at the Wailua Golf Course. Shotgun start for the third round is at 8:30 a.m.

Second Round

Wailua Golf Course

Par 72; 6,991 yards

Team

1. Virginia, -25 (551)

2. Texas A&M, -19 (557)

3. UNLV, -10 (566)

T4. Brigham Young, -6 (570)

T4. Santa Clara, -6 (570)

6. California, -4 (572)

7. Grand Canyon, E (576)

T8. Arizona, +1 (577)

T8. New Mexico, +1 (577)

T10. Texas-El Paso, +4 (580)

T10. Washington, +4 (580)

12. Kennesaw State, +6 (582)

13. North Dakota State, +8 (584)

14. Utah, +11 (587)

15. Washington State, +19 (595)

16. Hawaii, +23 (599)

17. Northern Colorado, +28 (604)

18. Hawaii-Hilo, +43 (619)

Individual Top 10

1. Chandler Phillips, Texas A&M, -11 (67-66)

2. Jimmy Stanger, Virginia, -8 (62-74)

T3. Hayden Shieh, Santa Clara, -7 (71-66)

T3. Collin Morikawa, California, -7 (71-66)

T5. Derek Bard, Virginia, -6 (66-72)

T5. Jordan Gumberg, Arizona, -6 (66-72)

T5. Kavan Eubank, Texas A&M, -6 (69-69)

8. Justin Kim, UNLV, -5 (73-66)

T9. Patrick Fishburn, Brigham Young, -4 (68-72)

T9. Shintaro Ban, UNLV, -4 (68-72)

T9. Danny Walker, Virginia, -4 (69-71)

T9. Andrew Orischak, Virginia, -4 (71-69)

T9. Brad Reeves, Arizona, -4 (67-73)

University of Hawaii

1. Justin Tokioka, +8 (72-80)

2. Cameron Kaneko, +1 (72-73)

3. Samuel Schwartz, +8 (80-72)

4. Nicholaus Nelson, +9 (76-77)

5. Trevor Hirata, +13 (78-79)

Taiga Iwasa, +14 (77-81)

Chayutpol Kittirattanapaiboon, +1 (72-73)

Desmond Mello, +17 (83-78)

Bryden Salvador, +12 (78-78)

Shane Snow, +22 (81-85)

Full results at golfstat.com

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