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Venerable Kings’ Course Hosts One of Collegiate Golf’s
Most Prestigious Events at Waikoloa Beach Resort

WAIKOLOA, KOHALA COAST, HAWAII—Play began in the 22nd Annual Amer Ari tournament at Waikoloa Beach Resort on Wed., Feb. 1, on the Big Island of Hawaii, with the University of Texas Longhorns, the No. 1-ranked team in the country, in the lead by 5 strokes after the first day of play with a score of 270.

UCLA and the University of Washington were tied for second at 275, with the University of Southern California in fourth place at 276.

Low score of the day was 66, recorded by three players: Pontus Widegren (UCLA), Patrick Grimes (Stanford, in individual play) and Cheng-Tsung Pan (Washington). A rare double-eagle was recorded by Jonny Baxter (UC Davis) on the 513-yard, par-five 4th hole.

“The playing conditions were ideal today, and Texas took full advantage,” said Kevin Ginoza, Head Golf Professional at Waikoloa Beach Resort. Temperatures hovered around 78 degrees and light tradewinds were recorded at 10 MPH.

A total of 20 teams are participating in the Amer Ari in 2012, including eight of the top 15 ranked teams in the U.S.

“The Amer Ari at Waikoloa Beach Resort is one of the most important collegiate tournaments of the year,” says Earl Tamiya, Men’s Head Golf Coach at the University of Hawaii-Hilo, which is the tournament host. “Past winners have gone on to realize great success on the professional tours and in golf. We are proud to have it played on the Big Island!”

Past medalists in the tourney include some of today’s best-known PGA Tour stars, including Notah Begay (Stanford, 1994), Matt Kuchar (Georgia Tech, 1999 and 2000) and Anthony Kim (Oklahoma, 2004).

All rounds are being played on the renowned Tom Weiskopf-designed Kings’ Course.

For complete team and individual results please visit

WEDNESDAY, DAY 1 Results – Team

1 Texas 270
T2 UCLA 275
T2 Washington 275
4 SouthernCal 276
5 Georgia Tech 278
6 Stanford 282
7 Oregon 284
T8 OklahomaState 285
T8 TexasTech 285
T8 San Francisco 285
11 ArizonaState 286
12 OsakaGakuin 288
13 ChicoState 289
T14 TCU 291
T14 Colorado 291
T14 OregonState 291
T17 Hawaii 293
T17 San JoseState 293
19 Hawaii-Hilo 294
20 UC Davis 299

DAY 1 Results (top 10) – Individual

T1 Patrick Grimes Stanford 66
T1 Cheng-Tsung Pan Washington 66
T1 PontusWidegren UCLA 66
T4 Rak Cho Oregon 67
T4 Dylan Frittelli Texas 67
T4 Cody Gribble Texas 67
T4 Toni Hakula Texas 67
T4 Matt Hovan San JoseState 67
T4 Jeffery Kang Southern Cal 67
T4 Patrick Rodgers Stanford 67

Amer Ari at Waikoloa Beach Resort Tournament Schedule

1st Round Feb. 1 Wednesday
2nd Round Feb. 2 Thursday
Final Round Feb. 3 Friday

All rounds will be played at the Kings’ Course starting at 7 am.

Tournament History

Year & Team Individual Medalist
1991 OklahomaState Craig Hainline,OklahomaState
1992 UNLV Alan Bratton,OkalahomaState
1993 Arkansas ToddDempsey,ArizonaState
1994 ArizonaState Notah Begay, Stanford
1995 OklahomaState Chris Hanell,ArizonaState
1996 OklahomaState Jim Skinner, SMU
1997 UNLV Bill Lunde, UNLV
1998 UNLV James Watt, Nevada-Reno
1999 Georgia Tech MattKuchar,GeorgiaTech
2000 Georgia Tech MattKuchar,GeorgiaTech
Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech
2001 Texas Sprague Kolp, Nevado-Reno
2002 Georgia Tech TroyMatteson,GeorgiaTech
2003 UCLA Adam Meyer, TCU
2004 Georgia Tech Anthony Kim,Oklahoma
2005 OklahomaState Tyler Leon,OklahomaState
2006 Georgia Tech CameronTringale,GeorgiaTech
2007 Oklahoma Jonathan Moore,OklahomaState
2008 Stanford Jesper Kennegard,ArizonaState
2009 USC Nick Taylor, Washington
2010 OklahomaState Daniel Miernicki,Oregon

Waikoloa Beach Resort is situated on 1,350 acres of the beautiful Kohala Coast on the Hawaii’s Big Island – the Golf Capital of the Aloha State. Waikoloa features two fabulous golf courses with unique layouts specifically designed to challenge shot-making skills while letting golfers enjoy the magnificent beauty of the Big Island: views of the majestic, often-times snow-capped Mauna Kea Mountain and the warm, tranquil Pacific Ocean.

For more information, contact the Kings’ Course at (808) 886-5375
Kevin Ginoza (808) 886-5375
Feb. 1, 2012

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