With the tournament all but over and the UCLA men’s golf team having solidified a third-place finish, Patrick Cantlay was still on Waikoloa Kings’ Golf Course participating in a seven-hole playoff to decide the individual tournament champion.
After a slow start on Wednesday during which Cantlay shot a 74 ( 2), he then shot the two lowest rounds of anyone in the Hawaii-Hilo Intercollegiate Tournament.
A 64 (-8) on Thursday and a 65 (-7) on Friday propelled Cantlay into a three-way tie for first place with a final score of 203 (-13). Cantlay ended up falling short to Oregon’s Daniel Miernicki on the final hole of the playoff, however, and finished in a tie for second place.
The rest of the No. 1/No. 2 Bruins were unable to match Cantlay’s incredible score on the final day of the tournament, and dropped from second to third place on Friday with a three-day total of 836 (-28). No. 4 Oklahoma State won the tournament with a score of 830 (-34) while No. 7 Texas captured second place with a score of 835 (-29).
Next on the leaderboard for UCLA were sophomore Pontus Widegren and junior Gregor Main, both of whom finished in a tie for 17th with a score of 211 (-5). Freshman Anton Arboleda finished in a tie for 41st place after shooting an even par 216, while sophomore Mario Clemens finished in 71st place with a total of 220 ( 4).
The Bruins now have just one week to practice before heading to Pelican Hill Golf Resort in Newport Beach for the Battle at the Beach on Sunday, a tournament co-hosted by UCLA and Long Beach State.
Compiled by Manny Redruello, Bruin Sports contributor.