Golf: Otani cards 69 for Vuls at Amer Ari Intercollegiate at Waikoloa

  • SHELLY BLUNCK/UHH UH-Hilo sophomore Andrew Otani stayed competitive in a loaded field Thursday at the Amer Ari Intercollegiate at the Waikoloa Kings' Course.

UH-Hilo sophomore Andrew Otani played with the heavyweights Thursday at Waikoloa Kings’ Course, carding a 3-under 69 at the Amer Ari Intercollegiate.

The Vulcans are the only Division II team in a field that features defending NCAA golf champion Stanford and three of the top-four ranked teams in the country.

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Making an eagle, two birdies and a bogey in his round, Otani was in a tie for 17th. Tyler Strafaci of Georgia Tech led after firing a sizzling 64, and Texas’ Cole Hammer and Aman Gupta of Oklahoma State were a stroke behind.

Texas and No. 2 Georgia Tech shared the team lead at 14-under, followed by Arizona State (13-under), Oklahoma State (-12), No. 4 Texas Tech (-10), Auburn (-9) and top-ranked Pepperdine (-7).

The Vulcans were in 19th of 20 teams. Evan Merrier was at 73, followed by Warren Miller and Nicholas Gomez, who each shot 77.

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Hawaii was tied for 12th, with Waiakea alum Trevor Hirata shooting a 75.

The second of three rounds tees of at 7:30 a.m. Friday.

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