Sony Open in Hawai’i: Final Day Results and Photos

Sony Open in Hawai’i: Final Day Results and Photos

Sony Open in Hawai’i: Final Day Results and Photos

By: Paul Brecht

WAIALAE — As the old adage goes, big time players make big time plays in big time moments. 

The 17th hole was a big time moment for South Korean golfer Si Woo Kim on Sunday. Realistically, the entire day was. 

Coming into his Sunday tee-time, Kim trailed American golfer (and 54-hole leader) Hayden Buckley by three strokes for the top spot at the competition. Despite having a hot performance through 16 holes, the 27-year old golfer trailed Buckley still as he attempted his birdie shot on the 17th hole. 

With cheers coming from the 16th hole due to Buckley’s birdie putt to give him back the lead, Kim decided to be a little more aggressive with perhaps the whole tournament on the line. 

Kim stepped up to the par-3 17th hole for his second shot and chipped it in from 28-feet out to give himself the advantage he needed to win his fourth PGA Tour title. He finished the tournament shooting 18-under par. 

Buckley put on quite the performance during his time in Hawai’i as well, shooting 17-under en route to a second place finish. The runner-up result is a career-best for Buckley in PGA Tour events, whose previous best finish was a share of fourth place in the 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship. 

Fellow American golfer Chris Kirk, who held a share of the lead after day one of the tournament, finished shooting 15-under par on his way to a third-place finish. 

Last year’s champion Hideki Matsuyama ended the tournament tied for a share of 48th place after shooting 1-over par on the final day. The Japanese golfer, who reportedly was dealing with a neck injury coming into the event, ended up being knotted up with five other golfers when all was said and done.

Of the golfers with Hawai’i ties, Punahou graduate Parker McLachlin turned in the top performance shooting 2-over par. Kamehameha graduate and former UH men’s golf player Blaze Akana (a) competed in the Sony Open in Hawai’i as well, along with Moanalua alum Brent Grant and Michael Castillo, head golf professional at Kapalua Plantation Course on Maui . None of the four made the cut following the second round of play. 

Photos by Andrew Lee

Back 2 Back — ‘Bows Beat Ball State, Open Title Defense 2-0

Back 2 Back — ‘Bows Beat Ball State, Open Title Defense 2-0

Back 2 Back — ‘Bows Beat Ball State, Open Title Defense 2-0 

By: Paul Brecht

MANOA — The night started with another Rainbow Warriors coronation. 

The 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Volleyball national champions found the peak so nice, they did it twice. Hawai’i took down fellow Big West powerhouse Long Beach State in the 2022 national title game to defend the crown that currently resides with the ‘Bows. 

The difference between that team and this one? 

Hawai’i was replacing many of the key contributors to the 2021 title run last season, showing off the depth that head coach Charlie Wade has continued to develop during his run at the helm of the men’s volleyball program.  

This season, the ‘Bows returned everyone. 

The season for the Hawai’i men’s volleyball team began on Thursday evening with a strong showing against sixth-ranked Ball State, taking a 3-1 decision to open the season. The Rainbow Warriors won the opening two sets, 25-16 and 25-23, showing no real championship hangover in front of over 4,000 fans.   

Ball State fought back in the do-or-die third set, taking it 25-22 to stay alive and force a fourth frame. 

UH turned on the jets in the final set, 25-17, to let the good vibes roll into Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center for the banner ceremony. 

In front of 6,148 fans, the Rainbow Warriors raised a second banner to hug both sides of the American and Hawaiian flags in SimpliFi Arena and began to celebrate once again.

This time, the celebration may have had some negative side effects for the ‘Bows as Ball State took the opening set, 25-23.  

While the Cardinals showed Thursday night that they could compete with Hawai’i, the Rainbow Warriors reminded everyone why they have won back-to-back national championships with an eye towards a three-peat. 

The ‘Bows, powered by an incredibly strong energy from the fans in Manoa, won a hard-fought second match, 25-23, to knot things up at 1 set apiece. 

Following a brief 10-minute break, the ‘Bows came out re-energized with their stars coming out on display in the vital third set.  

On the backs (and legs, and arms, and well, you get the point) of Spyros Chakas (22 kills, 7 digs) and Dimitrios Mouchlias (13 kills, 6 aces), Hawai’i raced out to an early advantage and only saw it grow. The ‘Bows took the third set, 25-18.  

The Greek duo, combined with the star-studded line-up of other Rainbow Warriors, continued to roll in the fourth and final set as Hawai’i won, 25-18, to take the match three sets to one to sweep the opening series against the Cardinals.  

UH opens the season at 2-0 and looks to keep on rolling next week when they host Saint Francis for a two-game series.

Sony Open in Hawai’i: Day 1 Results and Photos

Sony Open in Hawai’i: Day 1 Results and Photos

Sony Open in Hawai’i: Day 1 Results and Photos

By: Paul Brecht

WAIALAE — It was a beautiful Thursday afternoon for the first day of the Sony Open in Hawai’i, which saw the day end with three American golfers (Chris Kirk, Jordan Spieth and Taylor Montgomery) tied at the top after shooting 6-under par and seven other golfers shoot 5-under to round out the top 10. Play was suspended at 6:11 p.m. HST due to darkness.

The event last year was won by 2021 Masters Champion Hideki Matsuyama, as the golfer from Japan came back from a five-stroke deficit to force a playoff with Russell Henley. Matsuyama, who is reportedly battling a neck injury currently, ended the first day of play at 2-under, good for a share of 41st place.

LEADERBOARD

Round 1 results for golfers with Hawai’i ties:
Parker McLachlin (Punahou grad) 1-under
Brent Grant (Moanalua grad) E
Michael Castillo (Kapalua head pro) 9-over
Blaze Akana (KS-Kapalama, UH Golf) 1-over

Photos by: Andrew Lee

Gallery: Sony Open in Hawai’i Official Pro-Am

Gallery: Sony Open in Hawai’i Official Pro-Am

Gallery: Sony Open in Hawai’i Official Pro-Am

The Sony Open in Hawai’i Official Pro-Am teed off Wednesday. The golf stars were out and one of the teams included University of Hawai’i Football head coach Timmy Chang, who was caddied by UH Men’s Golf coach/Major Champions (’87 US Open) Scott Simpson.

Photos by: Andrew Lee

Team Waikiki Malia by Outrigger finished the day 14 under par and included Timmy Chang, Marissa Suehiro, Kimo Kai, and Scott Humber. They were accompanied by pros J.J. Spaun and Kevin Yu.