Munetake, Arcano six shots back at Kaanapali Classic

Justin Arcano follows the flight of an approach shot on the Royal Kaanapali Course’s 18th hole Friday on the way to a round of 2-under-par 69, Hawaii’s best on the opening day of the Kaanapali Collegiate Classic. -- The Maui News CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Justin Arcano follows the flight of an approach shot on the Royal Kaanapali Course’s 18th hole Friday on the way to a round of 2-under-par 69, Hawaii’s best on the opening day of the Kaanapali Collegiate Classic. -- The Maui News CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

KAANAPALI — Justin Arcano could not muster an extravagant story about how he dislocated his right shoulder just months before his first season of golf at the University of Hawaii.

“I fell out of my truck,” Arcano said sheepishly after the first round of the Kaanapali Collegiate Classic. “It was lame. I slipped getting out.”

After two months of intense rehabilitation over the summer, Arcano’s play doesn’t show many signs of slipping.

The former Baldwin High School standout had a 2-under-par 69 on Friday, the Rainbow Warriors’ best score at the Royal Kaanapali Course.

Arcano has the low average for UH this fall, and was the team’s top finisher at last month’s Alister Mac­kenzie Invitational in California.

Tyler Munetake of Gonzaga hits out of a sand trap on the 10th hole Friday. -- MELISSA DUPUIS photo

Tyler Munetake of Gonzaga hits out of a sand trap on the 10th hole Friday. -- MELISSA DUPUIS photo

“It’s been fun,” he said. “Lots of golf. Lots of schoolwork.”

Arcano and Gonzaga junior Tyler Munetake, another Baldwin graduate, will begin today in a group tied for 35th.

Wyoming’s Drew McCullough led after a 63, and California topped the team standings at 18-under 266. Hawaii’s first team was 15th at 286, and the “B” team was last in the 21-team field at 303.

Rainbow Warriors freshman Justin Ngan, another Baldwin graduate, carded a 76.

“I couldn’t find any greens, couldn’t putt to save my life,” Ngan said. “It was pretty tough.”

Hawaii’s Justin Ngan smiles during Friday’s round. -- The Maui News CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Hawaii’s Justin Ngan smiles during Friday’s round. -- The Maui News CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Arcano, who had the low round for UH at the Princeville Makai Invitational last week on Kauai, said he did not have any expectations when he was cleared by doctors to begin practicing two weeks before school started in August.

“I couldn’t really do much,” he said. “I was just sitting on the couch eating.”

Arcano acknowledged that he played through some pain early on, but has recovered.

“I knew I was going to push through it. It was just a little setback,” he said.

Arcano and Ngan are roommates at Manoa.

“It’s fun playing with him and we’re always pushing each other,” Arcano said.

That includes making sure they both wake up at 5:30 a.m. for morning workouts — even with a teammate holding him accountable, Ngan said he has to remember to set his alarm every morning.

“I have to set a couple, actually,” he said. “One to wake me up and two to get me out of bed.”

UH coach Ron Miyashiro said Arcano and Ngan are still “adjusting to college life” and routinely playing three consecutive rounds of golf.

“They’re working hard and getting better every day,” Miya­­­shiro said. “The inconsistencies always happen when you’re young so they’re working through that now. The numbers are there potential-wise.”

Arcano said his mindset and focus have been the biggest differences since high school.

“I don’t really dwell too much on a bad hole,” he said. “Anything can happen in this game.”

Ngan, who is studying psychology, also said the mental aspect of the game has been a change at the collegiate level.

“I’m trying to do stuff on myself and it ain’t working, so it looks like I need to do more studying,” he said, smiling.

* Chris Sugidono is at csugidono@mauinews.com

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KAANAPALI COLLEGIATE CLASSIC

Friday’s First Round

At Royal Kaanapali Course

Team

California 266 -18

LSU 268 -16

South Carolina 268 -16

Kent St. 272 -12

West Virginia 274 -10

Houston 275 -9

Boise St. 275 -9

Pepperdine 276 -8

Indiana 276 -8

Georgia 276 -8

Kansas 277 -7

Wyoming 278 -6

Connecticut 279 -5

Bowling Green 282 -2

Hawaii 286 +2

Sacramento St. 287 +3

Loyola Marymount 287 +3

Air Force 287 +3

Gonzaga 287 +3

Ball St. 287 +3

Hawaii B 303 +19

Individual

Drew McCullough, Wyoming 63 -8

Luis Gagne, LSU 64 -7

Collin Morikawa, California 64 -7

Brian Humphreys, Boise St. 64 -7

Scott Stevens, South Carolina 65 -6

Ian Holt, Kent St. 66 -5

Riley Elmes, Loyola Marymount 66 -5

Brendon Doyle, Indiana 66 -5

Sahith Theegala, Pepperdine 66 -5

Avery Schneider, West Virginia 66 -5

Will Miles, South Carolina 66 -5

Michael Perras, Houston 67 -4

Keenan Huskey, South Carolina 67 -4

K.K. Limbhasut, California 67 -4

Kaiwen Liu, California 67 -4

Michael VanDeventer, Ball St. 67 -4

Philip Barbaree, LSU 67 -4

Trevor Phillips Georgia 67 -4

Matthew Sharpstene, WVU 67 -4

Charlie Hillier, Kansas 68 -3

Spencer Ralston Georgia 68 -3

Jake Brown, Indiana 68 -3

P. Heredia Iglesias, Bowling Green 68 -3

Brock Ochsenreiter, Indiana 68 -3

Trey Winstead, LSU 68 -3

Clay Feagler, Pepperdine 68 -3

Chase Johnson, Kent St. 68 -3

Nabeel Khan, Connecticut 68 -3

Etienne Papineau, West Virginia 68 -3

Bjarki Petursson, Kent St. 68 -3

Andy Spencer, Kansas 68 -3

Sebastian Crampton, California 68 -3

George Gardner, Houston 68 -3

Rodrigo Sanchez, Connecticut 68 -3

Donny Hopoi, Boise St. 69 -2

Davis Thompson Georgia 69 -2

Matt Williams, Houston 69 -2

Justin Arcano, Hawaii 69 -2

Jacob Bergeron, LSU 69 -2

Tyler Munetake, Gonzaga 69 -2

Daniel Hudson, Kansas 69 -2

Ben Doyle, California 69 -2

Trey Walker, Bowling Green 69 -2

Clayton Madey, California 69 -2

Tate Tatom, Air Force 70 -1

Devyn Fitchhorn, Sacramento St. 70 -1

Drake Hull, Connecticut 70 -1

Gisli Sveinbergsson, Kent St. 70 -1

Skyler Eubank, Boise St. 70 -1

Quintin Pope, Wyoming 70 -1

Jamie Wilson, South Carolina 70 -1

Matt Beringer Georgia 70 -1

Ash Patel, Sacramento St. 70 -1

Johnny Watts, Ball St. 71 E

Joshua McCarthy, Pepperdine 71 E

Nick Nolan, Gonzaga 71 E

Mitchell Kontak, Bowling Green 71 E

Alan De Bondt, Houston 71 E

Taiga Iwasa, Hawaii 71 E

Roy Cootes, Pepperdine 71 E

Jeff Carr, Sacramento St. 71 E

Joseph Crisostomo, Air Force 71 E

Anthony Cecere, Pepperdine 71 E

Sasha Wortelboer, Connecticut 71 E

Eric Olsem, Sacramento St. 72 +1

Cameron Kaneko, Hawaii 72 +1

Caleb Proveaux, South Carolina 72 +1

Mason Schulze, Boise St. 72 +1

John Hilliard Catanz Georgia 72 +1

Aaron Lickteig, Wyoming 72 +1

Trevor Hirata, Hawaii 72 +1

Chris Doody, Kent St. 72 +1

Nathan Jeansonne, LSU 72 +1

Jake Scarrow, Kansas 72 +1

Papito Gonzalez, Houston 72 +1

Carter Toms, LSU 72 +1

Dan Starzinski, Wyoming 72 +1

Philipp Matlari, West Virginia 72 +1

John Murdock, Wyoming 73 +2

Jimmy Hervol, Connecticut 73 +2

David Ganz, Gonzaga 73 +2

Andy Germann, Air Force 73 +2

Bryant Falconello, Air Force 73 +2

Matthew Carungay, LMU 73 +2

Tristan Nicholls, West Virginia 73 +2

Max Sear, West Virginia 74 +3

Daniel Sutton, Kansas 74 +3

Mason Glinski, Loyola Marymount 74 +3

Justin Egelske, Loyola Marymount 74 +3

Nicholaus Nelson, Hawaii 74 +3

Rodrigue Vie, Bowling Green 74 +3

Jack Cunningham, Ball St. 74 +3

Zak Sievers, Sacramento St. 74 +3

Evan Yakubov, Indiana 74 +3

Ben DuBois, Gonzaga 74 +3

Holden Backes, Gonzaga 74 +3

Ben Sigel, Kansas 74 +3

Timothy Wiseman, Ball St. 75 +4

Glenn Workman, Wyoming 75 +4

Zach Liberatore, Sacramento St. 75 +4

Will Chandler Georgia 75 +4

Chris Mogg, Gonzaga 75 +4

Todd Millard, Air Force 75 +4

Jack Sparrow, Indiana 75 +4

Samuel Su, Loyola Marymount 75 +4

Justin Ngan, Hawaii 76 +5

Max Rispler, Bowling Green 76 +5

Zach Iannone, Connecticut 76 +5

Bryden Salvador, Hawaii 77 +6

Cole Yoshida, Hawaii 78 +7

Michael Makris, Ball St. 78 +7

Chayutpol Kittirattanapaiboon, UH 78 +7

Jun Ho Won, Boise St. 79 +8

Shane Snow, Hawaii 81 +10

Carl Underwood, Wyoming 83 +12

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