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Kucz Finishes 10th, Tritons Ninth at 45th Hanny Stanislaus Invitational


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TURLOCK, Calif. - Led by a 10th-place showing from senior Mateusz Kucz, the University of California San Diego golf team took ninth at the 45th Hanny Stanislaus Invitational Tuesday at Turlock Golf and Country Club.

UC San Diego finished with a three-round total of 914, 50-over par on the par-72, 6,641-yard course. In Tuesday's final round, the Tritons carded a 305 to go along with Monday's rounds of 309 and 300. They were in 10th place after the first two rounds.

Kucz, who was tied for fourth at the end of Monday, carded a 219 (+3) by going 74-70-75. The 219 is the best three-round total of his collegiate career. His 70 equals the lowest single-round score of his career and the 10th-place finish is his best since tying for ninth at the Johnson Shootout on Sept. 20, 2016. 

Kucz recorded 35 pars over 54 holes.

Also on course for the Tritons were sophomores Adam Navigato (Solana Beach/Torrey Pines HS) (t-44th, 77-77-75--229), Justin Woo (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) (t-55th, 79-79-75--233), and Hayden Hui (t-59th, 79-74-81--234). Freshman Ryan Vaughan carded an 80 in Tuesday's third round, but did not play on Monday.

California Baptist won the team title, topping the 13-team field with an 871 (+7). The Lancers shot 291-291-289 for the victory. Host Stanislaus State (877, +13) placed second and Cal State East Bay (879, +15) was third.

The individual medalist was CBU's Ben Hallam, who went 72-74-66 for a 212 (-4). Jeff Yamaguchi (214, -2) of Stanislaus State was second and Cal State East Bay's Declan Illingsworth (215, -1) was third. The three players were the only ones in the 77-competitor field to finish under par.

The Turlock course played to a 76.06 stroke average.

UC San Diego next competes at the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships, which take place April 23-25 at Butte Creek in Chico.


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