Burns Intercollegiate tees off Thursday

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island file

    In this Feb. 15, 2018, file photo, University of Hawaii’s Bryden Salvador follows his approach shot to the Wailua No. 9 during the opening round of the John Burns Intercollegiate golf tournament at the Wailua Golf Course.

WAILUA — The University of Hawaii men’s golf team will be on the Wailua Golf Course for the 43rd annual John A. Burns intercollegiate golf tournament Thursday through Saturday.

Hawaii coach Ronn Miyashiro will have his team, which includes Kauai native Bryden Salvador, participating in the 54-hole, three-day tournament that plays at 6,991 yards, par 72. Others scheduled to participate include Justin Arcano, Justin Ngan, Cameron Kaneko, and Cole Yoshida. Individualists include Trevor Hirata and Nick Nelson.

Salvador, an alumnus of Kapaa High School, will be among the field that tees off in a shotgun start at 8 a.m. each day.

Highlighting the field is second-ranked Duke University, No. 15 Arizona State University, and No. 20 Texas A&M who captured the tournament title last year for the second time.

Joining the field is No. 57 Virginia who captured the Burns crown in 2017.

Other teams ranked in the Top 50 include No. 22 Brigham Young University, No. 33 University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and No. 45 Arizona.

Five of the teams participating in the tournament this year include four-time champion UNLV, three-time champions Arizona and BYU, and two-time champions New Mexico and Texas A&M.

Texas A&M’s Chandler Phillips has captured the last two Burns’ individualist titles to become the tournament’s first back-to-back, and two-time champion.

The Burns intercollegiate is the fourth tournament the UH Warriors have played host to on the neighbor islands, starting with the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational that was contested in October.

The John A. Burns Intercollegiate is considered the University of Hawaii’s premiere golf tournament, providing some of the nation’s top-ranked programs with the opportunity to compete against each other in the 50th state. It also allows the Hawaii golf teams an opportunity to compete with the best in the NCAA.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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