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Waltmire and Kwan Let Birdies Fly at Tri-Match

    By HPU Athletics. October 23, 2014 - 12:21 pm

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The Hawai’i Pacific’s Men’s Golf team took their turn to host the Oahu Tri-Match Tuesday at Olomana Golf Club. The Sharks golfers placed third on day one of the tournament which saw a full two rounds of golf.

In round one, the Sharks were led by sophomore newcomer Jaime Waltmire and freshman Zachary Kwan who both shot a 73, good for third overall in the tournament’s first round. Waltmire’s first round was highlighted by three birdies and twelve pars, while Kwan seemed to match him stroke-for-stroke with three birdies and ten pars of his own.  

Sophomores Kevin Goldstein and Alec Fourie also shot good rounds, scoring a 78 and 79 respectively. Rounding out the Sharks first round was junior Zachary Cox who posted an 84.

The Sharks ended the round with a collective score of 303 which, despite placing them in 3rd, kept them in striking distance of both Chaminade (300) and BYU-Hawai’i (296).

The second round saw great improvement from the Sharks as they were able to shave four strokes off of their first round score for a 299 (602 overall). Leading the improvement was Fourie who found the bottom of the cup over and over. Helped by an eagle, a birdie, and eleven pars he rebounded from his first round to shoot a 74 in round two.

Waltmire continued to show his consistency by shooting a 74 in the second round, while sinking two birdies and eleven pars. Kwan’s second round was a rollercoaster. Although his score went from a 73 to a 75, Kwan sunk an eagle, a birdie, and 10 pars. His eagle was most impressive as he found the cup from 86 yards out on his second shot on the 16th hole. Goldstein improved from his first round by shooting a 76. Cox shot an 85 to end the Sharks’ first day.

Head Coach Jim Utsugi said after the match, “I was excited that the team, despite missing several days of practice due to tropical storm conditions, played fairly consistent and did improve the overall team score from 303 to 299.”

The last leg of the Oahu Tri-Match resumed yesterday at Pearl Country Club at 9:06 a.m.

Photo by Eric Alcantara.