Kaito Onishi takes over Rice Planters Amateur Lead
USC commit Kaito Onishi
MT. PLEASANT, South Carolina (June 23, 2017) -- USC commit Kaito Onishi fired a bogey-free 5-under 67 to recover from a disappointing first round to move in front at the Rice Planters Amateur hosted by Snee Farm Golf Club.
Following a first day 1-over 73, Onishi bounced backed in a big way in the second round as he carded three birdies and a holed out for eagle on the 357 yard par-4 12th. The birdies fell on Nos. 2, 6 and 13.
The future Trojan started the tournament about as poorly as one could, but since a 4-over in five hole start on day one Onishi has bogeyed just once in his last 31 holes and has played 7-under golf during the stretch.
A trio of players --Juan Guerra (Nova Southeastern), Ryan Marter (Wofford commit) and Wes Artac (Texas Tech)--- are tied for second at 3-under while four others including first round leader Brock Ochsenreiter (Indiana) are sharing fifth at 2-under.
ROUND ONE RECAP
After round one was postponed at the Rice Planters Amateur, players were able to get out and play Thursday at Snee Farm Golf Club.
Evidently, the conditions suited Brock Ochsenreiter of Indiana University (hometown Nashville, TN.)
Ochsenreiter (pronounced 'OXEN-writer') has a three shot lead after firing 66 at Snee Farm. He is trailed by Evan Gfeller and Ryan Marter, who both shot 69.
ABOUT THE Rice Planters Amateur
The Rice Planters Amateur was the inspiration of
amateur golfer, Dick Horne. During his first Porter
at the Niagara Falls Country Club in 1973, Horne
befriended the tournament's chairman Dick Harvey.
Harvey encouraged a receptive Horne to develop his
own southern tournament and, consequently, along
with other Porter Cup officials, shared enough useful
information to get Horne started in the South. The
Rice Planters quickly grew to become one of the top
amateur events in the country.
FORMAT AND ENTRY
Like the Porter Cup, the Rice Planters is played over
72 holes of stroke play. While
by invitation only, the tournament typically
holds a 90-player qualifier for the final five spots in
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