WAILUA — The Rainbow Warriors had a slightly better round in day two.
The second round of the annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate men’s golf tournament, hosted by the University of Hawaii, was contested Friday at the Wailua Golf Course.
Hawaii shot a total of 296 on Friday. UH is now 24-over-par 600 (304-296) and is tied at 19th place with CSU Northridge.
“It was a little bit of an improvement. I think we executed our shots a little bit better today, but we’re still getting killed a bit by some big numbers,” said UH men’s golf head coach Ronn Miyashiro. “Double bogeys, they really affect your score in the wrong way. But overall, they did improve from yesterday and hopefully they’ll continue that tomorrow.”
Hawaii senior and Kapaa High School alumnus Bryden Salvador, too, slightly improved on the second day.
Salvador shot a 75 on the par-72 course Friday, and he’s now 8-over-par 152 (77-75). He’s tied with teammate Justin Ngan and two others in 91st place on the individual leaderboard.
“Hit some birdies here and there, but I just couldn’t keep the streak going. It was just a rollercoaster ride today,” Salvador said. “I’d make a string of bogeys, then make a string of birdies. I was just back and forth all day. And then at one point in time, I made six, seven pars straight and not make any birdies. The round was OK. I cannot be mad at the score. I did improve from yesterday. That’s the main thing for me.”
Miyashiro said of Salvador’s round: “For him, he was a little inconsistent with birdies and bogeys. For him, to get better tomorrow, he’s got to eliminate some of those bogeys and keep the birdies coming. But he did improve by a couple strokes at least.”
Arizona State now sits atop the team leaderboard at 18-under-par 558 (282-276). Duke is second at 16-under-par 560 (285-275), and defending team champion Texas A&M is third at 12-under-par 564 (281-283).
Brigham Young’s Rhett Rasmussen tops the individual leaderboard after day two, shooting a 66 on Friday to now be 8-under-par 136 (70-66).
UC Santa Barbara’s Zach Smith and Texas El Paso’s Aaron Terrazas is tied for second place at 7-under-par 137. Four players are tied for fourth place at 6-under-par 138.
Two-time defending individual champion Chandler Phillips of Texas A&M is tied with five others for 13th on the individual leaderboard at 4-under-140 (72-68)
The tournament concludes today. Play begins with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
“We know the mentality of where we’re at now and where we need to be at the end of April,” Miyashiro said. “It’s twofold. Not only compete as hard as we can this week, but learn at the same time, and get ourselves prepared for the Big West (Championships). Confidence-wise, it would be a lot better for us to continue to improve and post a good score tomorrow. That’s the goal.”
Team: Justin Arcano, +3 (73-74), tied 58th; Cameron Kaneko, +5 (76-73), tied 74th; Justin Ngan, +8 (78-74), tied 91st; Bryden Salvador, +8 (77-75), tied 91st; Cole Yoshida, +9 (78-75), tied 95th
Individuals: Nickolaus Nelson, +10 (80-74), tied 97th; Matt Lloyd, +12 (78-78), tied 105th; Trevor Hirata, +16 (80-80), 113th; AJ Teraoka, +43 (90-97), 114th
1. Arizona State, -18 (282-276)
2. Duke, -16 (285-275)
3. Texas A&M, -12 (281-283)
T4. UNLV, -9 (290-277)
T4. Brigham Young, -9 (280—287)
6. North Carolina, -7 (288-287)
7. St. Mary’s (CA), -5 (284-287)
T8. Northern Colorado, -3 (292-281)
T8. UC Santa Barbara, -3 (288-285)
10. Grand Canyon, -2 (289-285)
T11. Arizona, -1 (289-286)
T11. New Mexico, -1 (287-288)
13. Long Beach State, E (293-283)
14. Virginia, +1 (292-285)
15. Fresno State, +4 (289-291)
16. Texas El Paso, +6 (290-292)
17. Washington State, +11 (295-292)
18. UC Irvine, +16 (303-289)
T19. Hawaii, +24 (304-296)
T19. CSU Northridge, +24 (298-302)
Individual Top 10
1. Rhett Rasmussen, Brigham Young, -8 (70-66)
T2. Zach Smith, UC Santa Barbara, -7 (71-66)
T2. Aaron Terrazas, Texas El Paso, -7 (70-67)
T4. Alex Smalley, Duke, -6 (70-68)
T4. Chun An Yu, Arizona State, -6 (70-68)
T4. Peter Kuest, Brigham Young, -6 (66-72)
T4. Chandler Eaton, Duke, -6 (70-68)
T4. Joe Fryer, Long Beach State, -6 (68-70)
T4. Blake Wagoner, Arizona State, -6 (70-68)
T10. Walker Lee, Texas A&M, -5 ( 67-72)
T10. Alex del Rey, Arizona State, -5 (70-69)
T10. Steven DiLisio, Duke, -5 (70-69)
Full results at www.golfstat.com
Nick Celario, sports writer, can be reached at 245-0437 or firstname.lastname@example.org.