New Mexico Completes Comeback to Win 45th Annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate

(KAUA‘I, Hawai‘i) – Fueled by defending individual champion Sam Choi’s five-under 67, the New Mexico Lobos erased a three shot deficit behind leader Arizona to win their third John A. Burns Intercollegiate team trophy (2001, ’05) by a whopping nine shots. The Lobos finished at 839 (-25), followed by Arizona (-16), Utah (-11), BYU (-6) and Texas A&M (-4).

“We got off to an incredible start, taking advantage of the front nine before it became really windy on the back. The five finishing holes at Hōkūala make you earn it,” said New Mexico men’s golf team head coach, Glen Millican. He added, “The Burns is such a historic event that always produces a great field. Our program has been privileged to play in every single one of them (45 years), so it’s a big part of our history too.”

California sophomore Aaron Du won the individual title with a three-round total (66-67-70) of 203 (-13). Named to the 2020-21 Pac-12 All-Newcomer Team, the Burns was Du’s first collegiate victory.

Du held off an impressive charge from Texas A&M’s Sam Bennett, who set a new Ocean Course at Hōkūala tournament record with a 64 (-8). Bennett is America’s No. 1 player in the PGA TOUR University Rankings.

“Sam’s eight-under par performance during the final round with windy conditions was a great round of golf,” said Brian Kortan, head men’s golf coach of the Burns defending team champion, Texas A&M. “He’s done it before and hopefully can do it many more times.”

After a seven-year run at Wailua, the University of Hawai‘i moved the Burns five miles south to the Ocean Course at Hõkūala, which is located at Timbers Kaua‘i. New Mexico senior and 2020 Burns winner Sam Choi described his experience at the new venue. “I was eight-under through 14 holes before the wheels came off, but I still finished strong. The back nine at Hōkūala is phenomenal. Definitely the best course in Hawaii.”

Next up, host school Hawai‘i’s will fly to Phoenix for the GCU Invitational on March 14–15.

Team Leaderboard

Place School Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Total
1 New Mexico 281 274 284 839 (-25)
2 Arizona 275 277 296 848 (-16)
3 Utah 284 289 280 853 (-11)
4 Brigham Young 285 280 293 858 (-6)
5 Texas A&M 290 286 284 860 (-4)
6 Washington State 290 281 291 862 (-2)
T7 Fresno State 281 286 298 865 (+1)
T7 California 296 279 290 865 (+1)
T7 Grand Canyon 289 284 292 865 (+1)
10 Long Beach State 296 284 292 867 (+3)
11 Southern California 283 289 297 869 (+5)
12 UNLV 290 289 298 877 (+13)
13 Saint Mary’s (CA) 284 301 294 879 (+15)
14 Texas El Paso 296 295 292 883 (+19)
15 Santa Clara 296 299 291 886 (+22)
16 UC Irvine 289 307 298 894 (+30)
17 Hawai‘i 292 306 312 910 (+46)
18 Northern Colorado 305 299 318 922 (+58)

Top Individuals

Place Player School Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Total
1 Aaron Du California 66 67 70 203 (-13)
T2 Sam Bennett Texas A&M 73 68 64 205 (-11)
T2 Sam Choi* New Mexico 71 67 67 205 (-11)
T4 Daniel Rodrigues Texas A&M 67 71 70 208 (-8)
T4 Brandon Shong New Mexico 71 66 71 208 (-8)
T6 Sam Sommerhauser Arizona 72 66 71 209 (-7)
T6 Bastien Amat New Mexico 68 69 72 209 (-7)
T8 Tyler Schafer Long Beach State 69 73 68 210 (-6)
T8 Simon Kwon* California 65 72 73 210 (-6)
T10 Carson Lundell Brigham Young 71 68 72 211 (-5)
T10 Christian Banke Arizona 70 68 73 211 (-5)

*Competing as an Individual

Dates: Thursday, Feb. 17 – Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022
Location: Ocean Course at Hōkūala – Kaua‘i
Yardage (Par): 7,156 (72)
Format: Three days; 54 holes (18 holes each day); 5-count-4
Tee Times: 8:30 a.m. HST shotgun start each day
Live Scoring: Golf Stat
Social Media: Instagram | Facebook
Hashtag: #UHBurns
Host: University of Hawai‘i
Defending Team Champion: Texas A&M (2020)
Defending Individual Champion: Sam Choi, New Mexico (2020)

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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