HAWAII GROWN: Oda tied for 2nd in PGA tourney

John Oda won a state championship at Moanalua in 2014. Photo by Craig T. Kojima / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Moanalua and UNLV alumnus John Oda is sitting pretty in a tie for second place after the first round of the PGA Wyndham Championship on Thursday in Greensboro, N.C.

Oda shot a 7-under 63 and is tied with Ryan Moore behind Brandt Snedeker, who stole the headlines with a 59.

Oda teed off in the afternoon and rattled off seven birdies in an 11-hole stretch and did not post a bogey on his scorecard.

He is playing in his seventh PGA event this season and has two top-10 finishes. Oda opened his season with an eighth-place finish at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba and finished in a tie for third two weeks ago at the Barracuda Championship, earning him a spot in this week’s event.

He was listed as one of the sleepers in this event in a story on PGATour.com, which said he will need to finish no worse than a solo third to get close to the top 125 this season in FedExCup points and qualify for the finals.

Punahou alumnus Parker McLachlin is also in the field this week and shot a 1-over 71.

Oda tees off Friday at 2:40 a.m. Hawaii time.


  1. Kiragirl August 16, 2018 8:22 pm

    Awesome. LOoks like he just graduated from HS. Keep it going. He has already earned about $500K this year. Pretty darn good for a Monday qualifier.

  2. Kiragirl August 16, 2018 8:23 pm

    Already earned about $500K this year. Awesome for a Monday qualifier.

  3. Kamehameha #! August 16, 2018 8:55 pm

    Is this the Moanalua boy? What an awesome accomplishment if he finish top ten again. Clearly best active player from Hawaii right now!

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