It was a beautiful day at Waialae Country Club for the round one of the Sony Open. The tournament has a great field this year. There were four Hawai’i golfers teeing off on Thursday. Eric Dugas from Maui had the best day of them. He shot a three under par 67, to place himself right in the middle of the pack.
The only amateur from Hawai’i is Maryknoll junior Peter Jung. He teed off in the morning. Didn’t have his best day on the course, was 14 over par to land in last place. But he gained valuable experience in his first pro tournament.
“There were just some things at the end that were a little tough,” Jung said. “I was a little under time so that kind of hurt too but other than that, it was a good day. Score wise, not the best, but I think rather than that in general it’s helped me a lot more. So yeah, it was a great day today actually”
“I hit a lot of great shots, it’s just that on 18 I dunked it into the hole, spun off the green, made bogey from there, so yeah it was tough. I think tomorrow I can do a little better. I have a long way to go to reach these guys but other than that I think it’s nothing special, anyone can do it as long as you work hard to it you should get up there with these guys, yeah”
Mililani native and former University of Hawai’i golfer Jared Sawada started with a double bogey but steadied himself after that. He finished the day at two over par. That’s the same score as Moanalua high school gradute Brent Grant. All four will play again tomorrow with the cut taking place after Friday’s round.