BYU Breaks Burns Intercollegiate Scoring Record in Team Title at the Ocean Course at Hōkūala

Cal’s Zheng and Texas A&M’s Bennet named co-winners of individual title


(KAUA‘I, Hawaii) – Fueled by four players who finished in the top 10 of a 126-player field, Brigham Young set a new 54-hole team scoring record (810) to win the 2023 John A. Burns Intercollegiate on Kaua‘i. The Cougars dominating performance shattered Auburn’s former scoring record that held for 15 years.

BYU celebrates their 2023 Burns Intercollegiate win at the Ocean Course at Hōkūala

BYU celebrates their 2023 Burns Intercollegiate win at the Ocean Course at Hōkūala

“Playing 27 holes on consecutive days meant anything could happen,” said Bruce Brockbank, BYU’s legendary head men’s golf coach who now has 59 tournament wins to his name across 31 seasons in Provo, Utah. “Our driving accuracy and short game precision were off the charts. It was very rewarding to watch these young men put it all together for a victory in Hawaii.”

BYU built upon their second-round lead of 10 strokes over Arizona to win the program’s fourth Burns team title (1977, 2000, 2007, 2023). Their 54-under total score was anchored by fifth-year senior Carson Lundell (T3), a 2021 All-American Honorable Mention, as well as Hawaiian-born Keanu Akina (5), David Timmons (T10) and Tyson Shelley (T10).

No. 19 Arizona (-36) now has two runner-up finishes in 2023, including at last month’s Thunderbird Intercollegiate. No. 9 Texas A&M (-32), No. 53 California (-27) and No. 20 San Diego State (-24) rounded out the top five.

Sam Bennett reaches the par-5 10th hole in two as head coach Brian Kortan closely watches

Sam Bennett reaches the par-5 10th hole in two as head coach Brian Kortan closely watches

Sam Bennett, the reigning U.S. Amateur Champion and 2022 SEC Golfer of the Year, shot 61 with 11 birdies and no bogeys to earn a share of the individual title. He tied the Burns tournament record set yesterday by Long Beach State’s Ian Gilligan. During last year’s final round on Kaua‘i, Bennett set the Ocean Course at Hōkūala course record (64) en route to a second place finish.

California junior Sampson Zheng enjoyed three birdies and one eagle over his final six holes to claim his first collegiate win. Zheng broke into the winner’s circle after coming in second place in the 2022 Alister Mackenzie Invitational.

Sampson Zheng celebrates his first college victory

Sampson Zheng celebrates his first college victory

In a unique situation, tournament officials declared Zheng and Bennett co-winners due to a lack of daylight remaining for a playoff, as well as the chance of rain on Saturday.

Following Aaron Du’s 2022 Burns individual victory, the Golden Bears have now claimed back-to-back individual medalist honors on the Garden Isle. Cal has tied New Mexico for most individual medalists in tournament history.

All team and individual scores are listed on Golfstat.

Next on the schedule for host school Hawai‘i, the Rainbow Warriors will travel to Palm Desert, Calif. to compete in the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate on March 1 – 3. 

Team Leaderboard

Place School To Par Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Total
1 Brigham Young -54 273 271 266 810
2 Arizona -36 278 276 274 828
3 Texas A&M -32 286 279 267 832
4 California -27 277 288 272 837
5 San Diego State -24 292 279 269 840
6 Long Beach State -20 278 284 282 844
T7 New Mexico -19 282 282 281 845
T7 Utah -19 288 284 273 845
9 Southern California -17 294 274 279 847
10 Texas El Paso -16 282 282 284 848
11 Fresno State -15 284 281 283 849
12 Grand Canyon -13 287 276 288 851
13 Santa Clara -12 283 293 276 852
14 UNC Wilmington -11 295 278 280 853
T15 Washington State -8 294 283 279 856
T15 UNLV -8 296 282 278 856
17 Nevada -6 286 292 280 858
18 Sacramento State -1 283 285 295 863
T19 St. Mary’s (CA) E 287 294 283 864
T19 Loyola Marymount E 297 285 282 864
21 Hawai‘i +3 288 296 283 867


Top Individuals

Place Player School To Par Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Total
T1 Sam Bennett Texas A&M -18 70 67 61 198
T1 Sampson Zheng California -18 65 68 65 198
T3 Carson Lundell Brigham Young -17 70 63 66 199
T3 Ian Gilligan Long Beach State -17 61 71 67 199
5 Keanu Akina Brigham Young -14 66 67 69 202
T6 Julien Paltrinieri Santa Clara -13 71 69 63 203
T6 Matthew Manganello Fresno State -13 68 70 65 203
T6 Tiger Christensen Arizona -13 67 71 65 203
9 Shea Lague San Diego State -11 70 71 64 205
T10 Tyson Shelley Brigham Young -10 71 69 66 206
T10 Braxton Watts Utah -10 72 67 67 206
T10 Matthew Braley Grand Canyon -10 71 68 67 206
T10 David Timmons Brigham Young -10 66 72 68 206



Dates: Thursday, Feb. 16 – Friday, Feb. 17, 2023

Venue: Ocean Course at Hōkūala

Location: Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i

Yardage (Par): 7,156 (72)

Format: 54 holes; 5-count-4




About Ocean Course at Hōkūala

Home to the longest continuous stretch of oceanfront holes in the state of Hawai‘i, the Ocean Course was named one of the “World’s Most Beautiful Golf Courses” by MSN Travel. The 18-hole golf course is part of Timbers Kaua‘i Ocean Club & Residences, a private residential club which opened June 1, 2018 on the island’s southeast coast. Timbers Kaua‘i sits on a 450-acre natural amphitheater which offers unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean, Kalapaki Bay and Hā‘upu Mountain Range. Website | Facebook | Instagram


About Timbers Kaua’i at Hōkūala

Located in the 450-acre Hōkūala resort community along the Pacific, Kaua’i’s newest luxury resort and residence club combines tranquil Hawaiian living with Timbers Resorts’ signature luxury amenities. Established by premier boutique developer and operator, Timbers Resorts, the property combines tranquil Hawaiian living with Timbers’ signature luxury amenities and personalized full- service concierge team. Timbers Kaua’i at Hōkūala boasts a variety of exceptional offerings for those either seeking to visit or make paradise their home through luxury vacation rentals, one-of-a-kind deeded fractional, and whole ownership real estate opportunities. Amenities include the 18-hole award-winning Ocean Course – Kaua’i’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, a 16.5 Organic Farm, oceanfront dining at Hualani’s with “farm-to-fork” fine dining, a two-tiered infinity-edge pool overlooking the ocean, spa services and wellness programs, 17 miles of accessible trails, and easy access to Kalapaki Beach.  Whole-ownership opportunities are priced from approximately $3.99 million to $7.25 million for oceanfront townhomes.  Residential interest opportunities start at $445,000.


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