KAHUKU, Hawaii – No. 1 Cal has a three-shot lead over second place and No. 4 New Mexico, while Joël Stalter is the individual leader following Wednesday’s first 18 holes of action at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate being hosted by Hawai’i.
The Golden Bears fired a solid four-under par 284 at the Arnold Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Report, while New Mexico was the only other team in the red with a one-under par 287. Stalter’s five-under par 67 was one stroke ahead of New Mexico’s Gavin Green.
“This was a very good start under tough conditions,” head coach Steve Desimone said. “It was as windy as I’ve seen it over here the last three years, some pretty rugged stuff. All in all we played some really good golf, especially Joël. He did a lot of things right, hit a lot of good shots and made a lot of good putts.”
Cal has done just that each of the last two seasons as the event’s two-time defending champion.The Bears have also won 11 of their last 20 tournaments overall dating back to the beginning of the 2011-12 campaign and have finished in the top five in all 20. Cal remains one victory away from equaling the school record of six tournament wins set last season.
Stalter is joined by a pair of other Bears in the top 10 after the first round as Max Homa shot a one-under par 71 and is tied for sixth, while Michael Weaver had an even-par 72. Michael Kim, the nation’s top-ranked player, is tied for 23rd after an opening-round two-over par 74. James Yoon shot a six-over par 78 in his collegiate debut.
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