Oregon’s Jonathan Woo remained steady today despite the trade winds and takes the lead in the
Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational after Round 2
Team Oregon continues to lead with 545 (-23) after Second Round
(LAHAINA, HI) – Jonathan Woo of Oregon took the lead today after shooting 72 (+1) in the Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational. With the Hawaiian trade winds back, the Royal Course (par 71) played tougher than yesterday and challenged the collegiate golfers, as shown by the movement up and down the leaderboard.
Woo certainly had an eventful day with four bogeys and three birdies, but was able to hold his lead by one stroke to teammate Hurly Long and North Florida player MJ Maguire. Woo commented, “I knew it was going to be tough today - I just tried to make pars and stay in it.” He added, “I did my best to hit the greens, keep it in play and minimize my mistakes - experience always helps, but playing in this type of windy conditions, it’s always different so you just have to take it one hole at a time”.
UNF player MJ Maguire (T2) talked about today’s round, “I just tried to grind out pars and be patient – I am very pleased to post one over in these conditions.” UNF Head Coach, Scott Schroeder commented on Maguire’s round, “MJ did a very good job of grinding out a solid round. Conditions were really hard and anything around par was good.” Maguire has had a solid 2014 season but is still looking for his first title.
Also T2 was Oregon player Hurly Long who posted a respectable even par today for a two-day total 65-71-136. Long is from Germany and according to Coach Casey Martin, “He’s more comfortable playing in these type of conditions”. Hurly added, “Yes, I’ve played a lot in Great Britain and it’s a lot windier there so like Casey said, I’m just a bit more acclimated to this weather unlike others here”.
The Oregon team is made up of four of the top five overall players after today’s round and as a team posted 291 (254-291-545) to continue their team lead by 21 shots. Head Coach, Martin said, “The course played different and as it’s supposed to play with the wind and rain - it was a tough test today.” He continued, “We played fine but not great - we played well enough to keep our lead.”
The North Florida team was second going into today but struggled a bit and dropped T3 with Clemson at 569 (+1). It was the Georgia Team that crept up the leader board today to second place (566) with Greyson Sigg and Nicholas Reach both posting +1 for the day. Sigg is currently T7 with University of Hawaii sophomore, Justin (Pono) Tokioka and Georgia teammate Lee McCoy at 140 (-2). Nicholas Reach, also of Georgia, is just one stroke off them at 141 (-1).
Team Clemson climbed one spot T3 with Miller Capps playing even par today to hold T10 individually, along with teammate Billy Kennerly at 141 for 36 holes.
For full list of individual results visit www.golfstat.com and click on the Ka’anapali Classic link. Third and final round of the tournament begins at 8am tomorrow (Sunday) with a shotgun start.
About Ka’anapali Golf Courses
Opened in 1962 and designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., the par-71, 6,700-yard Royal Course’s wide fairways and undulating greens make it both distinctive and demanding. It hosted the Champions Tour Ka’anapali Classic for 14 years, Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, the Canada Cup and LPGA Kemper Open, welcoming Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Greg Norman, Fred Couples, Jan Stephenson, Betsy King and other legends.
Complementing the Royal Course is the modernized Kai Course, which hosted Golf Channel’s “Big Break Ka’anapali.” The 6,400-yard, par-70 layout boasts an array of strategically placed bunkers, contoured fairways and resurfaced greens.
Ka’anapali Golf Courses has invested over $13 million in renovations and infrastructure. Golf course architect Robin Nelson was brought in to oversee the rework of the Kai Course and enhancements to the championship Royal Course. Ka’anapali recently celebrated 50 years of championship golf (1962-2012) and was host of the Champions Tour Skin Game January 2008-2011.