The golf this afternoon at Hualalai was a great way to begin our trip on the Big Island. As we stepped onto the driving range I could feel the energy and excitement from the team about the week in front of us.
To have a little fun we pitted the two cars against one another in a 4 person best ball, counting the three best. The team of Alex Moore, Nick Sherwood, Scott Kim, and Coach Reehoorn dominated. Although, Coach Reehoorn didn’t add to much as he posted a 76…Moore and Sherwood shot 68 and 70 respectively.
For 15 holes you only see the Pacific Ocean from a distance at Hualalai and then you reach #16 and #17. For those of you familiar with Bandon Dunes, it has a similar feel to #4. You simply can’t do anything but take a few minutes to appreciate how lucky we are to be be playing college golf. As you stand on the 17th tee at Hualalai with Humpback whales breaching and flapping their flukes just a few hundred yards off the tee it is hard to focus on the shot at hand.
Below are a couple of videos of Alex and Nick hitting shots into 17. The first one is of Alex who hit it to 8 feet and then made the putt for birdie 2. The second video is of Nick reacting like only he can after he was not happy with his shot ending up in the front right bunker. In the distance prior to Alex’s shot is David Fink on #16. Practice round tomorrow at Waikoloa at 7:15 and then some beach time.
Also, a big shout out to our men’s basketball team who defeated Oregon today in the basketball edition of the Civil War.