Lahaina, HI – Oklahoma finished at 15-under (837), outplaying 18 other teams from across the U.S. competing in the 2015 Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational this weekend on Maui. Georgia’s Zach Healy earned first place in the individual competition at 8-under par (205), beating out Oklahoma’s Brad Dalke by one stroke (206).
Healy is a sophomore at Georgia and this is his first career win with the Bulldogs, helping them secure the second place team finish of 3-under (849). Healy had the lead going into the final 18 holes today at Ka’anapali and commented about the round, “I stayed really patient and tried to play stress-free golf knowing that, in the wind, tap-in pars were really good.” He added, “I really putted well this week -- I made some key putts and struck the ball real well.”
The Oklahoma team, ranked No. 14 nationally, led the entire three days of the tournament at Ka’anapali and solidified their win today with a team score of 4-under (280). They were the only team to shoot under par today in the windy conditions and one of only two teams to finish the tournament under par - Georgia being the other team at 3-under.
“These guys did a great job this week from top to bottom—everyone pitched in to help us win,” Oklahoma Head Coach Ryan Hybl said. “The conditions were tough with the wind and quick greens, and we played great.”
Oklahoma freshman Brad Dalke clenched his first top-five finish with a 68 (-3) today and second place for the tournament, just one stroke off Healy. Oklahoma sophomore Grant Hirschman at one point was on top of the leaderboard today and eventually shot even par, finishing fourth overall at 208 (-5).
Johnny Watts of Ball State shot 70 (-1) today to secure the third place overall position with a 207 (-6) for the tournament. Ranked No. 21 Nationally, Lee McCoy of Georgia finished the tournament in fifth place at 4-under par and Keenan Huskey of South Carolina took 6th place at 3-under par.
University of Hawaii (UH) held on today with a 4-over finish as a team, securing seventh place at 17-over (869) for the weekend. UH Head Coach Ronn Miyashiro commented, “We had our ups and downs this weekend, but in the end, we were able to hold it together today and have our best finish of the fall.” He continued, “We had a talk after the second round and discussed how we weren’t able to close it out in the finishing holes Saturday.” Miyashiro stated, “Today, even in the windy conditions, we were able to maintain and that made for a good feeling at the end of the day -- hopefully we can carry this momentum into
the spring.” During the awards ceremony Miyashiro thanked the 19 teams for participating in this year’s event and praised the course conditions, stating he was excited to start planning next year’s event at Ka’anapali.
UH sophomore and Lahainaluna graduate, James Moran-Horton was the lead UH player finishing even par today and closing out the tournament T9 at 1-under (212). James commented, “I am really excited, I feel really good about this weekend’s play here at Ka’anapali, for not only me but also for our team.” Horton is a recent transfer from UH Hilo. Scott Yamashita had a great round today and shot 2-under par. Yamashita and fellow UH teammate, Skye Inakoshi ended the three-day tournament T26 at 218 (+5), contributing to the UH 7th place finish.
A list of all scores and final results are available online at http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=player&tid=8496
The Ka’anapali Kai Course is a Par 70, 6,400-yard course and boasts an array of strategically placed bunkers, contoured fairways, and re-shaped and resurfaced greens. This course, host of Golf Channel’s #1 series Big Break Ka'anapali, is a challenge to play and places a premium on strategy off the tee, accuracy with approach shots, and a deft touch around the greens.
In 2005-2007, Ka’anapali Golf Courses invested over $13 million in renovations and infrastructure. Golf course architect, Robin Nelson, was brought in to oversee the rework of the Ka’anapali Kai Course and enhancements to the championship Royal Ka’anapali Course. Ka’anapali recently celebrated 50 years (1962-2012) and was host of the Champions Tour SKIN GAME January 2008-2011.