Seasiders win first annual Hawaii Challenge

Seasiders win first annual Hawaii Challenge

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii – Dalton Stanger and Brent Grant led No. 15 BYU-Hawaii men's golf in a final round comeback to place first at the Hawaii Challenge at Waikoloa Kings' Course on Saturday.

The Seasiders finished at 33 over par as a team to edge Hawaii Hilo at 38 over par. Hawaii Pacific came in third at 69 over and Chaminade was 73 over for the tournament.

BYU-Hawaii entered the final round trailing by one stroke to the Vulcans. Stanger delivered the best round of the tournament for any golfer with a 3-under 69 to finish the tournament at 6 over. He was one stroke behind Jared Kinoshita of Hawaii Hilo for the individual title.

Grant and Inoka Kahawaii were one stroke behind Stanger at 7 over par after each posting a final round of 1-over 73. Nicolas Herrara saved his best for last as well at even par over the final 18 holes to move into sixth place with a 13 over for the tournament.

Alex Stulce rounded out the field with a 4-over 76 to put all five golfers into the top 10 for BYU-Hawaii. The Seasiders finished the final round at 1 under as a team.  

BYU-Hawaii began the day tied with the Vulcans for the top spot, but Hawaii Hilo gained a one stroke lead behind a round of 20-over 308. Grant led the charge for the Seasiders on the first 18 holes of the day posting a 2-over 74 to jump into a tie for third with teammate Kahawaii. Kahawaii added a round of 5 over for the BYU-Hawaii.

Stanger was also 5 over in the second round of the tournament and jumped three spots on the leaderboard to fifth, three strokes behind his teammates for third. Herrara dropped two spots to 10th place with a 9 over round and Stulce also posted a score of 9-over 81 to finish the round in 12th.

Competing unattached, Federico Clausen finished in ninth place overall at 15 over and Jacob Godfrey tied for 16th at 21 over.

BYU-Hawaii will compete next at the PacWest Championships in Litchfield Park, Arizona, from April 18-20. 

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