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Cameron Henry, Kaito Onishi Post Top 20 Finishes In Season Opener

Jan 27, 2021
Kaito Onishi

Final Results

Junior Cameron Henry and senior Kaito Onishi weathered another windy day to each fire 1-over 73s to lead the USC men's golf team in the final round of the season-opening Southwestern Invitational at North Ranch C.C. in Westlake Village, Calif., on Wednesday (Jan. 27).
 
The Trojans finished sixth in their first action of the season at 36-over 900 (301-296-303). San Diego State rallied to win the tournament at 10-over 874. The Aztecs' final round was one of only three better than the Trojans' effort Wednesday.
 
"I was pretty proud of the guys today," said USC Coach J.T. Higgins after completing his first tournament with the Trojans. "Conditions were similar to Monday, cold but with a different wind and the course was set up really difficult today.
 
"But the guys fought hard throughout the day and hung in there. We were about 19-over with four or five holes to and played 4 under coming. Sixth was about as good as we were going to do today and we got there."
 
For the second consecutive season, Henry kicked off his campaign with a top 20 finish, tying for 15th at 6-over 222 (77-72-73). He tied for 13th in his first event as a sophomore.
 
Henry was 1-over going out with birdies on 6 and 7, withstood doubles on 8 and 10, then settled back in to finish the final eight holes at 2-under.
 
Onishi, who only played in four events as a junior, looks to regain his All-American sophomore form and started his final season with a tie for 20th at 8-over 224 (77-74-73). He was 3-over on his front today despite two birdies and was 4-over through 11, but got hot with three straight late birdies between 15 and 17.
 
Freshman Shane Ffrench tied for 27th at 10-over 226 (70-74-82), a tough front nine sending him outside the top 20. He was 10-over today through 11, but finished his final seven holes at par.
 
Senior Leon D'Souza tied for 48th at 18-over 234 (77-78-79) while sophomore Tyler Guo tied for 60th at 22-over 238 (84-76-78).
 
USC is back in action next week at the annual Amer Ari Invitational in Kamuela, Hawaii, Feb. 2-4, and will use the same starting five.