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UC San Diego Places 15th at Pioneer Shootout


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PLEASANTON, Calif. - The University of California San Diego men's golf team placed 15th at the Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout as action wrapped up Tuesday. The tournament was hosted by Cal State East Bay at Ruby Hill Golf Club.

The Tritons totaled a 926 (+62) over the 54-hole event, shooting 303 in Monday's first round followed by a 318 in round two and a 305 in the third and final round. UC San Diego was tied for seventh in the 17-team field after the opening round.

Sophomore Adam Navigato (Solana Beach/Torrey Pines HS) was the top finisher for UCSD, tying for 39th with a 228 (+12). He went 73-78-77 on the par-72 course. Sophomore Justin Woo (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) tied for 60th (79-77-78--234, +18), freshman Ryan Vaughan tied for 66th (82-80-73--235, +19), sophomore Hayden Hui tied for 72nd (76-83-77--236, +20), and sophomore Jacob Johnson tied for 82nd (75-83-84--242, +26). Senior Mateusz Kucz, playing as an individual, also tied for 82nd (85-79-78--242, +26).

The 73s carded by Navigato (first round) and Vaughan (third round) were the lowest rounds for the Tritons.

Colorado Colorado Springs, ranked 15th nationally, won the team title with an 870, 15-over par. The Mountain Lions shot a 280 in Tuesday's final round, the lowest of the tourney. No. 8 Cal State Monterey Bay and unranked St. Edward's tied for second (873, +9).

Colin Prater of UCCS was the individual medalist, shooting a 209, 7-under par. Prater went 71-70-68. Monterey Bay's Elis Svard was second (69-72-69--210, -6) was second, while Tanner Comes, also from Colorado Colorado Springs, was third (70-76-65--211, -5). Comes' third-round 65 was the best of any player in the 96-competitor field.

Next up, UC San Diego hosts the 68th annual SoCal Intercollegiate, March 26-27, at Carlton Oaks in Santee.


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