CCAA Championships: UC San Diego Ties for Fourth, Three Tritons in Top 15
SEASIDE, Calif. - The University of California San Diego men's golf team tied for fourth place and three players finished in the top 15 as the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships wrapped up Wednesday at Black Horse in the Monterey Bay area.
UC San Diego totaled an 882 (+18) over 54 holes, shooting rounds of 290, 295, and 297 to tie for fourth with Chico State, the fifth-ranked team in the nation. It was the Tritons' best CCAA finish since 2014 when it placed third.
"I'm very proud of how far this team has come," said Interim Head Coach Fred Hanover. "We were in a position to win six weeks ago, but did poorly. This time, we were much calmer and in control of our emotions, which led to a better performance."
Justin Woo (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) finished a career-best fourth in the 45-player field. The junior had an even par 216 with rounds of 72, 74, and 70. Woo holed 35 pars and 10 birdies over the two-day event and was named to the all-tournament team for his top-five placing.
Junior Hayden Hui tied for eighth with a 219 (+3), firing a 73 in each round. Freshman Elliot Bunyaviroch tied for 13th at 6 over (73-74-75--222), junior Adam Navigato (Solana Beach/Torrey Pines HS) tied for 21st at 9 over (72-74-79--225), and junior Jacob Johnson placed 37th at 16 over (78-74-80--232).
Hui racked up 38 pars, the most of any player. Bunyaviroch and Woo each posted a 3.90 stroke average on par 4 holes, the best of the tournament.
Cal State Monterey Bay bested the nine-team field, finishing 7 over (291-292-288--871) to win the title. Sonoma State (300-289-286--875) was four strokes back in second and Cal State East Bay (288-294-297--879) was eight strokes back in third.
Matt Hedges of Cal State Monterey Bay was the individual medalist, ending 7 under with a 209. He carded rounds of 69, 72, and 68.
Just three players finished under par. Wednesday's final round was the toughest of the three as it commanded a 75.44 stroke average on the par 72 Black Horse layout.
UC San Diego now waits to learn if it has done enough to earn an at-large spot in the upcoming NCAA South Central/West Regional. The top 10 teams from the West Region and the top 10 teams from the South Central Region qualify to compete and the selections will officially be announced by the NCAA on Friday, April 26, at 3 p.m. Pacific.
From the West Region, Cal State Monterey Bay, Holy Names (PacWest), and Western Washington (GNAC) receive automatic berths into the regional for winning their conference tournaments. The regional will be held May 9-11 at The Ledges in St. George, Utah.
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