Vilips registered five birdies and a lone bogey in the first trip around the Mauna Lani North Course to finish the day tied for 24th, six shots behind leader Preston Stout of Oklahoma State.
Barclay Brown shot a 3-under 69 in his first round of action, using a late-round eagle on the par-5 tenth hole to jump into the top-50 of the individual standings late in the day.
It was an up-and-down day for PGA Tour U’s top-ranked Michael Thorbjornsen in his return to collegiate action, with three bogeys and a double bogey hampering a seven birdie round for the Wellesley, Mass., native as he finished 2-under after round one. Jake Bebr-Frankel also shot a 70 in his opening 18 holes with five birdies and three bogeys.
Second round action resumes tomorrow morning with a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start.
Amer Ari Intercollegiate (Mauna Lani North Course, par 72)
*Individual Competition only
Italics – Non-scoring round