LIHUE, Kaua'i -- The Saint Mary's golf team joins 16 top programs this week at the prestigious 38th Annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate at Wailua Golf Course.
Competition at the par 72, 6,989-yard public course begins at 10 a.m. (Pacific) with the Gaels scheduled to begin on the 10th hole, along with golfers from 13th-ranked Texas A&M, Long Beach State and Washington State. Other teams in the field include Arizona, BYU, fourth-ranked defending champion California, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawai'i-Hilo, host Hawai'i (A & B teams), Nevada, 18th-ranked New Mexico, Pacific, UNLV and Texas-El Paso.
The John A. Burns Intercollegiate begin in 1977 and has been played on nine different courses over the last 38 years. BYU won the inaugural tournament at Wai'alae Country Club and saw Cougars Pat McGowan and Bobby Clampett win the first two individual titles.
Past medalists of the tournament include such notables as Tiger Woods (Stanford, 1996), Steve Pate (UCLA, 1983) and Notah Begay (Stanford, 1995).
For the last three years, the tournament was played at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu and the Cal Bears claimed the team title in each of the three events. Last season, the Bears brought the team title back to the East Bay and Joel Stalter won medalist honors, just ahead of teammates Max Homa and Michael Weaver.
The tournament is named after the former governor of the state of Hawai'i who took part in initiating statehood in 1959 and started the planning and construction of Aloha Stadium - the home of University of Hawai'i football, the Hawai'i Bowl and the NFL's Pro Bowl.
Wailua Golf Course hosted the 50th US Public Links in 1975, 1985 and 1996. The municipal course began as a nine-hole course created on a wasteland of sand dunes and iron trees in 1920 without the benefit of a professional architect. It is considered one of the most beautiful courses in Hawai'i