Hometown boy John Oda has again qualified for the Sony Open in Hawaii.
The former UNLV student, who skipped his senior year to turn pro, shot 67 in Monday's qualifiers at Hoakalei Country Club in Ewa Beach.
Despite a bogey in the par-3, 4th hole, the Moanalua graduate recovered quickly -- following that hole with five out of his six birdies on the day. He shot 67, 5 under par, to make a consecutive trip to Waialae. He remained locked in and kept talking to a minimum, sharing a group with T.J. Esaki-Kua.
Another golfer to qualify had the completely opposite approach -- Ricky Barnes, who flew solo, chatted it up with his tee group and finished at 66, just one above Oda.
Steve Allan shot 65 and took the top qualifying spot. Gunn Yang, who shot 68, secured the last spot. Yang's group included Y.E. Yang, winner of two PGA tours. However, it was not Y.E's day. He double-bogeyed the 8th hole and bogeyed the 9th and did not qualify.
A local favorite who fell short was Tadd Fujikawa. Much chatter on the course among onlookers was hoping the affable Fujikawa would make the cut. He was all smiles after an eagle on the par-4 12th. But he made bogey on the last three of five final holes. He shot 71.
The 20th anniversary of the Sony Open tees off Thursday, January 11.
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