Moanalua graduate John Oda showed unwavering nerves Thursday in his first round of the PGA’s Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club.
Oda fired a two-under par 68, putting himself in a tie for 41st place.
The former UNLV All-American turned professional in August of 2017, and looked the part Thursday rallying from a bogey on his first hole to fire a quartet of birdies on the front nine.
At one point tied for 4th place at 3-under par, Oda dropped a pair of strokes with bogeys on the par-4 16th and the par-3 17th. Oda showed his professional mettle by sinking a six foot putt for birdie on the par-5 18th to cap off his round.
“It was really good today.” Oda said.
“I’m really happy with two-under, although I did bogey 16 and 17. I just lost a little focus there down the stretch but overall I had a lot of fun out there and it was good.”
Oda hits the 10th teebox to begin his round Friday at 1:20 pm.
Fellow Moanalua grad Tyler Ota also had a solid round. The amateur fired even-par 70 with a single birdie and bogey on the afternoon, putting him at a tie for 78th place. Ota tees off Friday at 8:50 am.
Kihei’s Eric Dougas finished 1-over par 71, tied for 99th place. Dougas tees off Friday at 8:40 am from the 10th teebox.