MGLF Travels to Maui for Final Fall Tournament

Nov. 1, 2017


SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Gonzaga men's golf team returns to the Ka'anapali Classic Collegiate for the fourth straight season in Lahaina, Hawaii. The fourth annual 54-hole tournament at the Ka'anapali Golf Club begins Friday and runs through Sunday.

The par-71 Royal Ka'anapali Course plays 6,700 yards. The tournament-tested layout hosted the Champions Tour Ka'anapali Classic for 14 years, Shell's Wonderful World of Golf, the Canada Cup and LPGA Kemper Open, welcoming Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Greg Norman, Fred Couples, Jan Stephenson, Betsy King and other legends.

This year's field includes 20 teams; Gonzaga, Air Force, Ball State, Boise State, Bowling Green, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawai`I, Houston, Indiana, Kansas, Kent State, Louisiana State, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Sacramento State, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.

"There will be an amazing field of players again this year," says Sutee Nitakorn, PGA Head Golf Professional at Ka'anapali Golf Courses. "With Georgia returning for revenge on the team trophy after coming in second by one stroke over Clemson last year, and several players gunning for the individual trophy, including Zach Healy after earning it in 2015, the competitive spirit will be in high gear."

LSU's Sam Burns, who came from behind to finish second in last year's event, with an all-time record low final round at (-9) will be in the field this year, along with Georgia's Spencer Ralston who T8 overall as a freshman last year at Ka'anapali and senior Zach Healy, who claimed the 2015 individual title.

The Zags tied for 11th at last year's tournament. GU finished under-par in the last round. Gonzaga's 276 (-8) total in the third and final round ranks as the third-lowest in program history. It was GU's lowest round since the Bulldogs finished with a 274 in the 2014 Ka'anapali Classic Collegiate. Last year's 858 (+6) tournament total is the fifth-lowest 54-hole score in the history of the program.

David Ganz carded a 67 (-4) on the final day, which matched his career-low round and the fourth-lowest in GU history. He finished in a tie for 17th at four-under (209).

Ganz tied for fifth at the Pinetree Intercollegiate on Oct. 24. He had a two-day total of 144 and finished even-par in the 36-hole tournament in Kennesaw, Ga. Ben DuBois ended the event at three-over (147) in 14th place. The Zags tied for sixth place in the 11-team field at 22-over (598).

This is the final tournament in the Bulldogs' fall slate. Nick Nolan, Ganz, Tyler Munetake, Chris Mogg and DuBois will represent GU in Hawaii this weekend. Holden Backes will participate as an individual.

The tournament begins at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time Friday. Live scoring via Golfstat will be available on



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