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 Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf would like to thank the University of Hawai`i at Hilo for hosting this prestigious tournament here at the Waikoloa Kings' Golf Course.  We would especially like to thank the founder and title sponsor of the Amer Ari Intercollegiate Golf Tournament
Mr. Amer Ari!

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Pictured with Mr. Amer Ari is Kevin Ginoza PGA,  Director of Golf Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf.

Justin Shuh 1st Place Individual

Justin Suh, 2017 First Place Individual 
University of Southern California


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Oklahoma State 2017 First Place Team


Day 2 Results



 Round One Results Click Here


Georgia Tech golf team at Kohanaiki Golf Club on the Big Island of Hawai'i, January 29, 2018 - Noah Norton, Tyler Strafaci, Jacob Joiner, Chris Petefish, Andy Ogletree, Luke Schniederjans

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Photo Credit: Stephanie Martinez-Arndt

Round Two Pairings Click Here

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Image Courtesy of Michele Blunck UH Hilo






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Imagine a college basketball tournament that featured the two defending national championship teams, and then for good measure offered four of the current Top 10 teams in the country.

If that was not enough, add the promise that five of the top ten players in the country would be playing, all five certain to be NBA lottery picks. Outside of March Madness (NCAA tournament), you would be hard pressed to identify such a gathering.

University of Hawai`I Hilo will host such an event next week, but it won’t be contested on a basketball court. The 26th annual Amer Ari Intercollegiate Golf Tournament will be played on one of the most scenic golf courses in the world at the Waikoloa Beach Resort.
So there’s that as well.

The tournament is set for February 2-4 at the Waikoloa Beach Resort, played on the renowned Tom Weiskopf-designed Kings’ Course. Feb. 1 is a practice round, and January 31 is the Kohanaiki College Am. 

21 teams will compete, including the two teams that battled it out in the NCAA Championship last spring (Oregon and Texas). Four squads currently ranked in the Division I Top Ten will be there, along with five of the top ten players in the NCAA rankings. 

That’s just par for the course, as they say, at the Amer Ari. UHH head coach Earl Tamiya has been hosting this outstanding event for more than a quarter of a century, and it is now one of the elite collegiate golf tournaments in the country.

“The Amer Ari is one of the iconic events in collegiate golf,” said University of Oregon head coach Casey Martin, who also played in the tournament as a student-athlete at Stanford. “It was my favorite tournament as a player and it is now our team’s favorite tournament each year.”

Martin, who played on the PGA tour and played at Stanford with Tiger Woods when the Cardinal won a NCAA title (1994), likes the stability of the tournament. “This event hasn’t changed much, and that is a good thing,” he said. “It’s on the same golf course and always has one of the best fields in college golf. Our players can compare themselves to former great players that played here. Plus, the weather is great and you’re in Hawaii. The Amer Ari is one of the highlights of our year.”

Some of those past greats that have played in the Amer Ari include Woods, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kutcher, Notah Begay and Anthony Kim. Oregon’s Aaron Wise, who won the Amer Ari last year, is now on the PGA tour.

Teams coming to the Big Island next week that are currently ranked in the GCAA NCAA Division I Top 10 include Oklahoma State (4), Stanford (6), USC (7), and Auburn (8). Texas, ranked 11th, is also in the field. There are 21 total teams—18 Division I squads, one college team from Japan, Division II power Chico State and….UH Hilo.

“My standard line regarding our team and this tournament every year is good luck, we are going to need it,” laughed Tamiya. “But we are not in this to win it. We enjoy putting on one of the best tournaments in the country. I think this is an event that for those who play in it, they will never forget it. And for the Big Island, it provides an economic impact that is immediate and residual.”

Economic forecasters say the impact is substantial, close to two million dollars (see study at end of release).

Depending on which list you work from, the top two amateur golfers in the country will be on the Big Island next week. Wyndham Clark (Oregon) is ranked No. 1 by the NCAA heading into the spring season, while Stanford’s Maverick McNealy is the recipient of the McCormack Medal, given to the world’s top amateur golfer.

McNealy is ranked No. 5 in the NCAA list, with Auburn’s Will Long at No. 4, USC’s Sean Crocker (6th) and Doug Ghim of Texas (10) all scheduled to compete for medalist honors at the Amer Ari.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host this great event,” said UH Hilo athletic director Patrick Guillen. “Earl does an amazing job every year and has quietly put together one of the top collegiate golf tournaments in the country. It has become a highlight of the season for those teams that are able to come here, and it is a great opportunity for our own players to play along the best in the country.”

Here is a list of the teams competing in the 26th annual Amer Ari Intercollegiate Golf Tournament, with their current national ranking in parenthesis.

2017 Amer Ari tournament field
Oklahoma State (4)
Stanford (6)
USC (7)
Auburn (8)
Texas (11)
Texas Tech (17)
Oregon (22)
Georgia Tech (26)
Arizona State (29)
Colorado (31)
Oregon State
San Jose State
Texas Christian
UC Davis
Hawaii Hilo
Chico State (22 D-II)
St. Mary's
Osaka Gakuin (Japan)

Tournament History
Year Team Champion Individual Medalist
1992 Oklahoma State Craig Hainline (Oklahoma State)
1993 Nevada-Las Vegas Alan Bratton (Oklahoma State)
1994 Arkansas Todd Dempsey (Arizona State)
1995 Arizona State Notah Begay (Stanford)
1996 Oklahoma State Craig Hanell (Arizona State)
1997 Oklahoma State Jim Skinner (Southern Methodist)
1998 Nevada-Las Vegas Bill Lunde (Nevada-Las Vegas)

Year Team Champion Individual Medalist
1999 Nevada-Las Vegas James Watt (Nevada-Reno)
2000 Georgia Tech Matt Kuchar (Georgia Tech), Carlton Forrester (Georgia Tech)
2001 Georgia Tech Matt Kuchar (Georgia Tech), Bryce Molder (Georgia Tech)
2002 Texas Sprague Kolp (Nevada-Reno)
2003 Georgia Tech Troy Matteson (Georgia Tech)
2004 UCLA Adam Meyer (Texas Christian)
2005 Georgia Tech Anthony Kim (Oklahoma)
2006 Oklahoma State Tyler Leon (Oklahoma State)
2007 Georgia Tech Cameron Tringale (Georgia Tech)
2008 Oklahoma Jonathan Moore (Oklahoma State)
2009 Stanford Jesper Kennegard (Arizona State)
2010 Southern California Nick Taylor (Washington)
2011 Oklahoma State Daniel Miernicki (Oregon)
2012 Texas Jeffery Kang (USC), wins playoff over Jordan Spieth
2013 UCLA/Washington Dominic Bozzelli (Auburn)
2014 Oklahoma State Jordan Niebrugge (Oklahoma State)
2015 Arizona State Cheung-Tsu Pan (Washington)
2016 Southern California Aaron Wise (Oregon)

Economic Impact of Amer Ari Intercollegiate tournament
The economic impact of this event will be substantial. According to two economists from the College of Business and Economics at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo , Drs. Tam Vu and Eric Im, there are short-term impacts and the long-term impact on the Hawaiian economy.
(1) Regarding the short term impact on the west side of the Big Island, the teams and their fans/families will spend roughly $310,000, including hotel rooms, food, gifts, car rentals, and miscellaneous expenditures.
(2) Concerning the long-term impact of the spending, since one person’s spending is another person’s income, and the process repeats many times over the years, there will be spilling effects on the Big Island and Oahu. A calculation of the spending multiplier based on historical data reveals that this long-term impact will be approximately $1,100,000.
(3) In addition, there will be short-term and long term on impacts on the Hawaiian economy as a whole. The short-term impact of the revenue for Hawaiian Airlines, which will be roughly $214,000 after factoring out the revenue for United Airlines. The long-term effect of this increase in revenue on the Hawaiian economy as a whole over the next several years will be $760,000.
In sum, the total short-term impact will be $524,000, including expenditures on west side of the Big Island and airfare revenue for the Hawaiian Airlines. The total long term impact on the Hawaiian economy as a whole over the next several years will be $1,860,000. Additionally, the value of exposure through media coverage and visuals to the 21 schools and their metropolitan bases is substantial.



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 2017 First Place Champions Texas Tech 
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2017 First Place Individual Champion Fredrik Nilehn 
For compelete results of the 26th Annual Amer Ari Click here to download 2017 Results 
2017 Participating Teams

Arizona State University

Auburn University

Cal State University - Chico

Oregon State University

Oklahoma State University

Osaka Gakuin Unveristy

Georgia Tech

St. Mary's College (CA)

San Jose State University

Stanford University                        

Texas Christian University

Texas Tech University

University of California, Davis

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Colorado

University of Hawaii - Hilo

University of Hawaii - Manoa

University of Southern California               

University of Pacific

University of Texas                                               


                          Tournament History

Year                   Team                               Individual Medalist

1992              Oklahoma State                 Craig Hainline, Oklahoma State

1993              UNLV                                  Alan Bratton, Okalahoma State

1994              Arkansas                            Todd Dempsey, Arizona State

1995              Arizona State                      Notah Begay, Stanford

1996             Oklahoma State                  Chris Hanell, Arizona State

1997             Oklahoma State                  Jim Skinner, SMU

1998             UNLV                                   Bill Lunde, UNLV

1999             UNLV                                   James Watt, Nevada-Reno

2000             Georgia Tech                      Matt Kuchar, Georgia Tech                 

                                                                 Carlton Forrester, Georgia Tech

2001            Georgia Tech                       Matt Kuchar, Georgia Tech                

                                                                 Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech

2002           Texas                                   Sprague Kolp, Nevado-Reno

2003           Georgia Tech                       Troy Matteson, Georgia Tech

2004          UCLA                                     Adam Meyer, TCU 

2005          Georgia Tech                        Anthony Kim, Oklahoma

2006          Oklahoma State                   Tyler Leon, Oklahoma State

2007          Georgia Tech                       Cameron Tringale, Georgia Tech

2008          Oklahoma                            Jonathan Moore, Oklahoma State

2009          Stanford                               Jesper Kennegard, Arizona State

2010          USC                                     Nick Taylor, Washington

2011          Oklahoma State                   Daniel Miernicki, Oregon

2012         Texas*                                  Jeffery Kang, USC

2013         UCLA                                    Dominic Bozzelli, Auburn

2014        Oklahoma State                    Jordan Niebrugge, Oklahoma State

2015        Arizona State                        Cheung-Tsu Pan, Washington

2016        USC                                       Aaron Wise Oregon  

2017    Texas Tech                   Fredrik Nilehn Texas Tech
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2002 Team Georgia Tech
2004 Team UCLA
2004 Team UCLA
2004 Adam Meyer
2004 Individiual Adam Meyer TCU
2005 Team GT
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2005 cropped Anthony Kim
2005 Individual Anthony Kim Oklahoma State
2011 OSU
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2012 Team university of Texas 
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 2016 Individual Aaron Wise University of Oregon

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