HAWAII GROWN: UNLV’s Oda turns pro

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

UNLV senior and 2014 Moanalua graduate John Oda told Golfweek that he will skip his senior season of eligibility with the Rebels and turn pro.

In a story posted on the Golfweek website, Oda said he made up his mind when he qualified for the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in June. He shot 78 and 76 to finish 10 over after two rounds and missed the cut by eight shots, but finished ahead of eight other golfers.

Oda was named a PING first-team All-American as a junior at UNLV, becoming the first Rebel to earn the honor since Ryan Moore in 2005.

The 2017 Mountain West Conference golfer of the year led the Rebels to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Championships. He posted a team-best 70.43 scoring average in 15 tournaments and finished in the top 10 a total of 12 times with two wins.

According to the Golfweek story, Oda will go to Q-school to attempt to earn his Web.com Tour card and will also pursue Monday qualifiers for PGA Tour events when he can.

Oda won an individual state title twice at Moanalua — as a sophomore and as a senior — and helped Moanalua win a team state title in 2012.


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