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Ngan carries Maui flag at Kaanapali

UH junior opens with 71 as Rainbow Warriors play without fellow Baldwin grad Arcano

Justin Ngan of the University of Hawaii chips during the first round of the Kaanapali Classic Collegiate Invitational on Friday at the Royal Kaanapali Course. Ngan, a graduate of Baldwin High School, opened with an even-par 71 as the Rainbow Warriors stood in 13th place. -- Kaanapali Golf Courses photo

KAANAPALI — Justin Ngan was missing his wing man on Friday.

The Baldwin High School graduate — a junior on the University of Hawaii men’s golf team — fired an even-par 71 on the Royal Kaanapali Course to help the Rainbow Warriors to a tie for 13th place in the team standings after one round of the Kaanapali Classic Collegiate Invitational.

Ngan’s teammate, roommate and classmate from Baldwin, Justin Arcano, is missing the event with an injury, but the No. 1 player on the Hawaii team is expected to be ready for the spring season when conference and national championships are decided.

“We kind of miss him,” Ngan said of Arcano, who also missed the Hoakalei Country Club Invitational earlier this week. “It’s kind of not really the same, we don’t have our main guy here, but it’s alright.”

UH was at 2-under 282, 14 strokes behind co-leaders Kansas and Oklahoma. The 20-team field includes eight teams in the top 50 of the golfstat.com rankings.

Leader Andy Spencer of Kansas follows through on tee shot Friday. -- Kaanapali Golf Courses photo

Oklahoma is the top-ranked team here, at No. 5, while Kansas is 44th. No. 23 UCLA was one stroke back in the three-round tournament.

UH coach Ronn Miyashiro was not happy with his team after the first two rounds at Hoakalei when they shot 306 and 320 before coming back with a 298 in the final round Tuesday.

“To be honest with you, we came off a really bad event,” Miyashiro said Friday. “We had a talk after the second round in Honolulu to try and get everybody’s mind where it should be. I think it’s more mental than anything else at this point in time. We had a decent final round there and kind of swung the opposite (positive) way and I think that continued today. … I’ve told the guys over the last three days we’re taking it 18 holes at a time.”

Said Ngan: “It’s all about teamwork and it’s on all of our shoulders.”

As a junior, Ngan is being counted on to be a leader.

Leader Garett Reband of Oklahoma follows through on tee shot Friday. -- Kaanapali Golf Courses photo

“Consistency is always going to be the factor, it’s a factor with everybody on this team,” Miyashiro said. “But the numbers when he’s shooting well are what we expected from him — it’s just a matter of being more consistent about it on a round-by-round basis. He’s got two years of college under his belt, you know, a lot more experience than some of the younger guys we’ve got on our team. Even as a junior you look for some leadership and hopefully he can provide that for us, too.”

Ngan, however, clearly misses his friend and compatriot. He finished the day tied for 57th in the 119-player field.

“A lot of pressure, a lot of pressure, yeah, definitely,” Ngan said of being the only Valley Isle golfer in the field. “If I had another Maui guy here I’d be a lot more calmer.”

Garett Reband of Oklahoma and Andy Spencer of Kansas were tied for the individual lead after firing 7-under 64s. There was a five-way tie for third one stroke back and four more golfers at 5 under.

“It was pretty easy early on but then it got tough with the wind,” Reband said. “I just tried to hit solid shots all day and then made a few putts to go along with it.”

Oklahoma’s Quade Cummins was one of the players in the tie for third at 6 under.

“It kind of motivates me because I’m trying to beat them, at the end of the day, all of them,” Reband said of playing one group behind Cummins and seeing several of his teammate’s putts go in. “It definitely motivates me.”

Reband, a senior from Fort Worth, Texas, comes to Maui seeking his first college tournament victory.

“I’ve never won before, so it’d be real nice, especially to come to Hawaii, vacation spot, so it’d be nice to win,” Reband said.

Cummins, a fifth-year senior from Weatherford, Okla., will have something to say about that.

“I knew Reband — he was playing behind me — and I knew he was playing real good because our assistant coach splits time between me and Reband and we were kind of getting the good vibe feeling from it,” Cummins said. “I knew he was playing good the whole day. When somebody’s playing good I just think it’s easier to go out there and try to get as many birdies as you can because you know they’re out there.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com

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KAANAPALI CLASSIC COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL

Friday’s First Round

At Royal Kaanapali Course

Team Standings

Kansas 268, Oklahoma 268, UCLA 269, Liberty 272, West Virginia 273, Washington 274, Boise St. 275, Clemson 275, Georgia 277, South Carolina 277, Air Force 280, UC Santa Barbara 281, Hawaii 282, Southern Illinois 282, Sacramento St. 286, Wyoming 288, Gonzaga 289, North Texas 290, Connecticut 292, George Washington 295.

Individual

Garett Reband, Oklahoma 64

Andy Spencer, Kansas 64

Joseph Crisostomo, Air Force 65

Quade Cummins, Oklahoma 65

Ryan Hall, South Carolina 65

Trent Phillips, Georgia 65

Trevor Phillips, Georgia 65

Henry Lee, Washington 66

Bryan Wiyang Teoh, UCLA 66

Jacob Bridgeman, Clemson 66

Hugo Townsend, Boise St. 66

Ethan Davidson, Sacramento St. 67

Luke Kluver, Kansas 67

Matthis Besard, Southern Illinois 67

Devon Bling, UCLA 67

Tim Umphrey, Connecticut 67

Jonathan Yaun, Liberty 67

Nico Lang, West Virginia 67

Sean Maruyama, UCLA 67

Connor Polender, Liberty 67

Kyle Cottam, Clemson 67

Zack Gordon, Clemson 67

Matt Moomjian, UC Santa Barbara 68

Davis Thompson, Georgia 68

Alexandre Fuchs, Liberty 68

Matthew Sharpstene, West Virginia 68

Harry Hillier, Kansas 68

Brian Humphreys, Boise St. 68

Sean Mullan, Southern Illinois 68

Patrick Welch, Oklahoma 68

Andrew Thornton, Southern Illinois 68

Drew Shepherd, Kansas 68

Eddy Lai, UCLA 69

Brett Bennett, UC Santa Barbara 69

Etienne Papineau, West Virginia 69

Anson Kuznik, Air Force 69

Logan Perkins, West Virginia 69

Paul Margolis, Washington 69

Kanata Irei, Hawaii 69

Hidetoshi Yoshihara, UCLA 69

Jan Schneider, Washington 69

Charlie Magruder, Gonzaga 69

Mark Goetz, West Virginia 69

Jeff Doty, Kansas 69

Turner Hosch, Oklahoma 69

Jonathan Farmer, Air Force 69

Jamie Wilson, South Carolina 70

Turk Pettit, Clemson 70

Kristof Ulenaers, North Texas 70

Nickolaus Nelson, Hawaii 70

Ben Sigel, Kansas 70

Zach Barbin, Liberty 70

Petr Hruby, Washington 70

Jack Wall, South Carolina 70

Joe Neuheisel, Boise St. 70

Chaz Aurilia, UCLA 70

Viktor Forslund, North Texas 71

Mason Schulze, Boise St. 71

Kirby Coe-Kirkham, Wyoming 71

Luis Preciado, George Washington 71

Joshua Wu, Air Force 71

Riley Klingelberg, Southern Illinois 71

Logan McAllister, Oklahoma 71

Brandon Jacobs, UC Santa Barbara 71

Justin Ngan, Hawaii 71

Liam Clancy, Wyoming 71

Matthew Lloyd, Hawaii 71

Bo Peng, Washington 71

Calum Masters, Georgia 72

Dan Starzinski, Wyoming 72

Caleb Proveaux, South Carolina 72

Joe Fowler, Sacramento St. 72

Bryce Waters, Wyoming 72

William Nottingham, Clemson 72

Matt Ruel, Gonzaga 72

Trevor Hirata, Hawaii 72

Nic Cassidy, Georgia 72

Shamu Bodhidatta, Washington 72

Cole Yoshida, Hawaii 72

Ervin Chang, Liberty 73

Adrian Castagnola, George Washington 73

Kotaro Murata, Hawaii 73

Drake Hull, Connecticut 73

Carl Underwood, Wyoming 73

Spencer Ralston, Georgia 73

Brandon Bueno, UC Santa Barbara 73

Grant Johnson, Gonzaga 73

Alejandro Madariaga, North Texas 73

Thomas Johnson, Oklahoma 73

Tyler Severin, Wyoming 73

Riley Bell, Sacramento St. 73

Nick Hampoian, Connecticut 73

Sion Audrain, Kansas 73

Philipp Matlari, West Virginia 73

Noah Woolsey, Washington 74

Hugo Riboud, George Washington 74

Jeff Carr, Sacramento St. 74

Jonathan Tanihana, Sacramento St. 74

Jared Nelson, Connecticut 75

Brentt Salas, Gonzaga 75

Skyler Eubank, Boise St. 75

Luke Trujillo, Air Force 75

Kyle Spencer, Air Force 75

Frankie Thomas, Southern Illinois 76

Lenny Bergsson, North Texas 76

AJ Teraoka, Hawaii 76

Casey Leebrick, Sacramento St. 77

Logan Othmer, George Washington 77

Chandler Morris, Connecticut 77

Jakub Hrinda, George Washington 77

Zach Stocker, Gonzaga 78

Colby Patton, Clemson 78

Jack Parrott, South Carolina 78

Birgir Magnusson, Southern Illinois 78

Justin Sheparovich, UC Santa Barbara 78

Hiroki Miya, North Texas 79

Jack Boulger, Connecticut 80

Jared Edeen, Wyoming 80

Cliff Thompson, George Washington 83