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Ngan atop leaderboard at Western Intercollegiate

UH senior from Wailuku fires 67 in first round

Justin Ngan, shown during the Kaanapali Classic Collegiate Invitational on Nov. 1, 2019, shot a 3-under 67 Monday at the Western Intercollegiate. Kaanapali Golf Courses photo

The Maui News

University of Hawaii golfer Justin Ngan was tied for the lead after the first round of the 74th annual Western Intercollegiate on Monday in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Ngan, a senior from Wailuku, had five birdies and two bogeys as he carded a 3-under 67 at the Pasatiempo Golf Club. The Baldwin High School graduate shared a one-shot lead with California’s Finigan Tilly.

BYU’s Carson Lundell, San Jose State’s Carl Corpus and Pepperdine’s RJ Manke were all one back after shooting 68 as just 11 golfers in the 90-player field broke par.

In the team competition, the Rainbow Warriors were last among the 13 schools competing at 33-over 383. Washington was in the lead at even-par 350, with Cal three shots back and Pepperdine trailing by another stroke.

UH’s Justin Arcano, also a Baldwin alum, opened with a 9-over 79 and was tied for 81st place. His round was derailed by six bogeys and a pair of double bogeys, though he was still the third-best scorer for the Rainbow Warriors.

The three-round tournament continues today, with television coverage on The Golf Channel starting at 1 p.m. Hawaii time.

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