LIVE SCORING: Top golfers are going low in Hawaii on Day Two of the Amer Ari Invite
09 Feb 2024
by Justin Golba of

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Wenyi Ding (AJGA Photo)
Wenyi Ding (AJGA Photo)

As the golfers make the turn to their back nine at the Amer Ari Invitational at Mauna Lani Resort Golf Course, the North Course, in Kamuela, HI., the scores being posted are impressive.

Arizona State freshman and 2022 U.S. Junior Amateur Champion Wenyi Ding recorded a 9-under 63 in the first round and has backed iy up by shooting 5-under 31 on his front nine, the back nine of the course. He added an eagle on the par-5 No. 2 to get to 7-under for the day and four shots clear of the lead at 16-under.

Jackson Koivun of Auburn, Matthew Comegys of Texas Tech, and freshman Preston Stout of Oklahoma State are T2 at 12-under, four shots back of Ding.

Stout recorded a 10-under 62 in the first round.

Stout recorded eight birdies and an eagle during the bogey-free round and matched the school's 18-hole scoring mark. Stout started his round on No. 2 and carded a birdie before posting four consecutive pars. He birdied No. 7 and added pars at Holes No. 8 and 9 before recording an eagle on the par-5 No. 10. He followed with a par at No. 11 before reeling off six consecutive birdies on Holes No. 12 through 17. He closed the back nine with a par for an incredible 8-under 28.

The round put Stout in impressive company, joining Eugenio Chacarra, Jordan Niebrugge, Morgan Hoffmann, Jonathan Moore, and Hunter Mahan as Cowboys to card rounds of 62.

Arizona State and North Carolina are tied for the team lead at 38-under. Auburn is in solo third place at 33-under, five shots back of the leaders.

Check back later for another update as the second round concludes in Hawaii.

1ChinaWenyi DingChina80063-64-62=189
T2PhilippinesCarl CorpusPhilippines50067-67-64=198
T2GermanyFinn KoelleGermany50066-64-68=198
T4GADavid FordPeachtree Corners, GA40064-68-67=199
T4TXMatthew ComegysPlano, TX40063-68-68=199

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The Amer Ari Intercollegiate -- hosted by the University of Hawaii-Hilo -- has brought some of the best golfers in the nation to the west side of the Big Island annually since its inception in 1992. From Tiger Woods to Jordan Spieth to Matt Kuchar, the Amer Ari Intercollegiate has hosted a myriad of players through the years who have gone on to professional stardom.

The event was originally played at Hapuna Golf Course at Mauna Kea Resort before moving to the Waikoloa Beach Resort. The Amer Ari returned to Hapuna during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2024, the event was moved to Mauna Lani. The Amer Ari is a 54-hole collegiate men's event with individual and team competitions.

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