2017 Tournament Participant Profile

John Oda UNLV


Class: Junior

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii

High School: Moanalua High School

Height / Weight: 5-7 / 150

Experience: 2L

Begins his second year with the Rebels.

Recipient of the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award and member of the Academic All-MW team … Also made the Dean’s Honor List … Named honorable mention All-America and selected to the PING All-West Region team … Was the MW Freshman of the Year and also earned All-MW honors … Named the 2015 Earl E. Wilson Most Valuable Player, which is given annu- ally to the top player on the squad … Played in 12 tournaments, totaling 36 rounds … Recorded nine top-20 finishes, including seven top-10s and four top-fives … Shot par or better 20 times … He won his first career tournament at the Sea Best Invitational and placed second on two occasions – at the John Burns Intercollegiate and the Jackrabbit Invitational … Shot 12 rounds in the 60s, including a career-low 64 on three occasions, setting the UNLV freshman record for low round … The 64s also tied for the second-lowest round in Rebel golf history … His 54-hole total of 198 at the Jackrabbit is tied for the third- lowest score in program history, while his 199 at The Goodwin is tied for fifth … He led the Rebels in scoring average with 71.11, which is the fourth-lowest seasonal average in program history and lowest by a freshman, shattering the old mark by 1.44 shots per round … During the summer of 2015, he played in the USGA Amateur Championship, the Western Amateur, the Sahalee Players Championship and he was selected to represent the USGA at Carnoustie in Scotland at The (British) Amateur Championship … He tied for 10th at the Sahalee Players Championship and made the round of 36 at The Amateur Championship.

A 2014 graduate of Moanalua High School in Honolulu, Hawaii … Was the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Individual State Champion in 2012 and 2014 … Was the 2012 and 2013 Hawaii State Amateur Champion … Set the tournament record in 2013 at 19-under … Was the low amateur at the 2012 Hawaii Pearl Open … Finished fifth at the 2012 Callaway Junior World Championship and made the round of 64 at the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur and 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links … Advanced to the quarterfinals at the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links and tied for sixth at the 2014 Sunnehanna Amateur … Turned in a 70.5 scoring average as a senior … His high school team, coached by Gordon Yuen, won the 2012 Hawaii High School Athletic Association State Championship … He also played in the 2012 PGA Tour’s Sony Open (73-73) as an amateur.

The son of Jay and Emiko Oda … Majoring in political science … Has a sister, Tiffany (24).