Big Second Round for Tritons, Two Players Among Top 10 at Sonoma State Invitational
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. - Following Monday's first two rounds of the season-opening Sonoma State Invitational at Foxtail Golf Club, two University of California San Diego student-athletes are among the top 10 in the individual standings. UC San Diego had the best second round of any team and sits in sixth place of eight.
Juniors Hayden Hui and Jacob Johnson are tied for 10th, each with a 36-hole total of 146, two-over par. Both Tritons shot identical rounds, carding a 75 (+3) in the first and a 71 (-1) in the second. The duo was tied for 20th after the first round.
UC San Diego improved its game by 18 strokes between rounds, shooting a 307 (+19) in the first and a 289 (+1) in the second for a 596 (+20), jumping from eighth to sixth in the team standings. The Tritons' 289 was the best score of the second round and the second-best of the day behind Sonoma State's 279 in the opening round.
Freshman Jared Gross (73-74--147), who is playing as an individual and does not figure into the team scoring, is tied for 14th. Junior Adam Navigato (78-72--150) (Solana Beach/Torrey Pines HS) is tied for 21st, junior Justin Woo (79-75--154) (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) is tied for 32nd, and freshman Ethan Chen (80-79--159) is tied for 43rd.
Navigato improved his standing by 12 spots, while Woo moved up six spots.
"The team bounced back and played well in the second round," said sixth-year UC San Diego head coach Jim Ragan. "Hayden and Jacob are the leading the team along with Jared, who is playing in his first collegiate event. We're excited that all three are in the top 15 heading into the final round."
Sonoma State leads with a 574 (-2) and is the only squad under par. Holy Names is second with a 582 (+6), while Cal State Dominguez Hills and Menlo are tied for a distant third with a 592 (+16).
SSU's Blake Bourelle is the current leader of the 46-golfer field after shooting rounds of 67 and 70 for a 137 (-7). He is being chased by Dominican's Matt Fry and Menlo's Colin Casey, both at 139 (-5).
Action at the Sonoma State Invitational concludes Tuesday with a final round of 18 holes. A shotgun start is scheduled for 8 a.m. on the par-72, 6,851-yard Foxtail layout.
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