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Hayden Hui totaled 26 pars Monday, the third-most of any player.

Hayden Hui Tied for Ninth After First Day at Sonoma State Invitational


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SANTA ROSA, Calif. - Hayden Hui is tied for ninth among 75 golfers and the University of California San Diego sits in ninth in a 13-team field following the first day of play at the Sonoma State Invitational at Fountaingrove Golf Club.

UC San Diego totaled a 640 (+64), over Monday's two rounds after shooting a 320 in each. The tournament is the first event of the team's 2017-18 campaign.

Hui, a sophomore, carded a 76 in both rounds and is 8-over with a 152. He moved up four spots after being tied for 13th following the opening round. Hui had 26 pars on the day, the third-most of any player.

Also playing for the Tritons are sophomore Jacob Johnson (t-34th, 81-79--160), sophomore Adam Navigato (t-47th, 78-86--164), junior Joel Wermter (t-56th, 88-80--168), and senior Mateusz Kucz (t-60th, 85-85--170).

The tough Fountaingrove layout (par 72) is playing at 6,940 yards with an average score of 80.81 Monday.

"The golf course was definitely the winner today, scores were as high as I have seen across the board in the last three years," said UCSD head coach Jim Ragan. "We were expecting to play better than we did, but the guys hung in there under tough conditions and kept a great attitude, which was definitely a positive. Hayden put together two nice rounds and is in a great position heading into the final round. Hopefully, we can put together a solid round tomorrow."

Chico State, ranked 20th nationally, is in first place with a 21-over 597. Sonoma State (+30, 606) is nine strokes back in second place and Cal State Monterey Bay (+37, 613), ranked ninth in the country, is in third.

Chico's Kelley Sullivan (even, 144) tops the individual leader board, with teammate Colby Dean (+2, 146) and Monterey Bay's Martin Westerlund (+2, 146) tied for second. Westerlund's 70 (-2) in the second round was the low round of the day.

The third and final round gets underway Tuesday with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.


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