Inakoshi, Wong Capture February Golfer of the Month Honors
Skye Inakoshi and Andrea Wong excelled against outstanding competition to notch the Big West Golfer of the Month awards for February.
Inakoshi Earns Medalist Honors at John A. Burns Intercollegiate
Hawai‘i junior Skye Inakoshi (Honolulu, O’ahu/Mid-Pacific Institute) became the school’s first individual champion in a full-field event in five years, leading to his selection as the Big West Men’s Golfer of the Month for February.
Inakoshi finished in a four-way tie for first place at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate, becoming UH’s first medalist in the 40-year history of the event. He became the first UH golfer to win a tournament since T.J Kua captured the Kaua’i Intercollegiate in 2011.
He finished the tournament at 6-under 210 and led the field with 20 birdies while the next nearest golfer had 14. Inakoshi recorded back-to-back rounds of 69 after an opening round 72.
Inakoshi toppled or tied 15 golfers ranked in the Top 150, including five in the Top 50 on 6,991-yard par-72 Wailua Golf Course.
Earlier in the month, he was UH’s top finisher at the Amer Ari Invitational, where he tied for 42nd with an even par score of 216. The Honolulu native leads the team with a 72.0 scoring average.
Others nominated: Justin De Los Santos (Cal Poly); Matt Wilson (Cal State Fullerton); Daniel Chian (Long Beach State); Ben Corfee (UC Davis); Sam Gillis (UC Riverside); Brandon Bauman (UC Santa Barbara)
Wong Earns Second Career Honor
UC Davis senior Andrea Wong (San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius Prep HS) led her team at a pair of tournaments to record her second career Big West Golfer of the Month honor.
She led the team in scoring at the two February tournaments, averaging 74.77 strokes per round.
Finishing in a tie for 11th at Stanford for the Peg Barnard Invitational, Wong posted a 3-over 145 to lead the Aggies both days. She notched birdies to start and end her day during Sunday’s final round 72.
Wong registered her second-straight top-25 finish against a loaded field in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic Intercollegiate in New Orleans, La. She shot 77-70-72 for a 3-over 219 on the 6,239-yard par-72 course at the English Turn Golf & Country Club. The Allstate field featured 12 teams ranked in Golfstat’s top 50 (at the time), including three in the top 10. Wong placed ahead of 13 players in Golfstat’s top 100 at the time.
Her 70 and pair of 72s represented the lowest scores of the month by any Aggie.
Others nominated: Martina Edberg (Cal State Fullerton); Kassidy Teare (Long Beach State)