BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Freshman Jared Gross is tied for seventh after shooting even par over the first two rounds of the Western Washington Invitational at Bellingham Golf and Country Club Monday. In the team standings, the University of California San Diego sits in 18th place.
Gross shot rounds of 70 (-2) and 74 (+2) for a 144 on the par-72, 6,561-yard course in northwest Washington. The Los Angeles native is playing as an individual and does not figure into UC San Diego's team scoring.
The Tritons, who are playing in their third tournament in the last week, carded rounds of 306 and 305 for a 611, 35-over par.
"Today was a disappointment for the team," said UC San Diego head coach Jim Ragan. "We need to bounce back and put together a good round tomorrow."
Junior Hayden Hui is tied for 35th with a 149 (+5) after logging rounds of 74 and 75. He has been UC San Diego's top finisher in the team's first two events of the season.
Junior Adam Navigato (Solana Beach/Torrey Pines HS) (77-76--153) and freshman Ethan Chen (76-77--153) are tied for 66th, junior Jacob Johnson (79-77--156) is tied for 81st, and junior Justin Woo (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) (80-77--157) is tied for 85th.
Chico State, ranked 15th nationally, sits atop the 20-team field with a 573 (-3). The Wildcats, the only team under par, shot rounds of 284 and 289. Host Western Washington is second with a 576 (even) and British Columbia is third with a 578 (+2).
Six golfers in the 104-player field are under par, led by Chico State's Josh McCollum, who fired a pair of 68s for a 136 (-8). Michael Jura of Stanislaus State is one stroke behind in second place. His 66 in the second round was the lowest of the day. British Columbia's Andrew Harrison is a close third with a 138 (-6).
The third and final round is slated for a 9 a.m. start Tuesday at Bellingham. Action can be followed with live scoring.
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