WAILUA — Kapaa High School alumnus Bryden Salvador opened with a 5-over-77 in the first round of the 43rd annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate on Thursday at the Wailua Golf Course.
Salvador, a University of Hawaii senior, is tied with 11 others in 86th place on the individual leaderboard.
“The first round, it was OK. Decent, but a lot of little things, especially the putting,” Salvador said. “The greens were a little firm, a little quick. So for me, I got out of position on some holes. I short-sighted myself. And then, there’s a few holes where I had a wedge in hand, but I ended up making a bogey.
“Those little things cost the round. It just kills the momentum continuing forward. But overall, I feel comfortable with my game. I just got to look back on my mistakes that I made today and try not to make tomorrow.”
Hawaii, host of the annual golf tournament, ended the first round 16-over-304 and is 20th on the team leaderboard. UH sophomore Justin Arcano led the team, shooting a 1-over-73 on the par-72 course.
“Not enough birdies and got too many bogeys,” said UH men’s golf head coach Ronn Miyashiro. “This golf course isn’t easy. If you make mistakes, you get penalized pretty hard. Mistakes are going to happen, but the ability to eliminate as many mistakes as you possibly can really bring your score down. The talent level at this event, especially this year, it’s even more. The cream of the crop really will rise to the top when it comes to scoring.
“But for us, it’s one of those things. You work hard on preparation coming in. Outside of our new guy, Matt Lloyd, everybody’s played this golf course before. So, it’s not a situation of (not having) knowledge. So, it’s more mental reps and being able to execute. For the most part, we didn’t as a team. Just got to work more at it. We got two more days of this.”
Brigham Young University tops the team leaderboard after the first round at 8-under-280. Texas A&M is second at 7-under-281, and Arizona State is third at 6-under-282.
“It was a really good first round. It was fun. It was enjoyable,” said BYU’s Peter Kuest. “Just trying to play simple golf out there and try to make some putts. It was good.”
Kuest and Washington State’s Daniel Kolar are tied at the top of the individual leaderboard at 6-under-66.
“I just made some good putts. I really didn’t hit anything close, but I just made some really solid 10- to 15-foot putts,” Kuest said. “Just gave myself some really good opportunities to score.”
Texas A&M’s Walker Lee sits at third after shooting a 5-under-67. New Mexico’s Galven Green and Long Beach State’s Joe Fryer are tied at fourth place at 4-under-68.
Texas A&M’s Chandler Phillips, a two-time individual champion at the Burns Intercollegiate, ended the first round even-par-72.
The second round of the tournament plays today in Wailua with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
Team: Justin Arcano, +1 (73); Justin Ngan, +6 (78); Cameron Kaneko, +4 (76); Bryden Salvador, +5 (77); Cole Yoshida, +6 (78)
Individuals: Trevor Hirata, +8 (80); Matt Lloyd, +6 (78); Nickolaus Nelson, +8 (80); AJ Teraoka, +18 (90)
1. Brigham Young, -8 (280)
2. Texas A&M, -7 (281)
3. Arizona State, -6 (282)
4. St. Mary’s (CA), -4 (284)
5. Duke, -3 (285)
6. New Mexico, -1 (287)
T7. North Carolina, E (288)
T7. UC Santa Barbara, E (288)
T9. Arizona, +1 (289)
T9. Grand Canyon, +1 (289)
T12. UNLV, +2 (290)
T12. Texas El Paso, +2 (290)
T14. Virginia, +4 (292)
T14. Northern Colorado, +4 (292)
16. Long Beach State, +5 (293)
17. Washington State, +7 (295)
18. CSU Northridge, +10 (298)
19. UC Irvine, +15 (303)
20. Hawaii, +16 (304)
Individual Top 10
T1. Peter Kuest, BYU, -6 (66)
T1. Daniel Kolar, Washington State, -6 (66)
3. Walker Lee, Texas A&M, -5 (67)
T4. Galven Green, New Mexico, -4 (68)
T4. Joe Fryer, Long Beach State, -4 (68)
T6. Mikey Slesinski, St. Mary’s (CA), -3 (69)
T6. Brandon Smith, Texas A&M, -3 (69)
T6. Josh Martin, North Carolina, -3 (69)
T9. Chun An Yu, Arizona State, -2 (70)
T9. Jake Chanen, Grand Canyon, -2 (70)
T9. Rhett Rasmussen, BYU, -2 (70)
T9. Ashton Poole, Virginia, -2 (70)
T9. Chandler Eaton, Duke, -2 (70)
T9. Aaron Terrazas, Texas El Paso, -2 (70)
T9. Blake Wagoner, Arizona State, -2 (70)
T9. Blake Hathcoat, St. Mary’s (CA), -2 (70)
T9. Ethan Marcus, Arizona, -2 (70)
T9. Trevor Lampson, Grand Canyon, -2 (70)
T9. Steven DiLisio, Duke, -2 (70)
T9. Alex del Rey, Arizona State, -2 (70)
Full results at www.golfstat.com
Nick Celario, sports writer, can be reached at 245-0437 or email@example.com.