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NCAA Championships, Here Come the Tritons!

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ST. GEORGE, Utah - The University of California San Diego men's golf team is heading to the NCAA Division II Championships after placing second of 20 teams at the West/South Central Regional, which wrapped up Saturday at The Ledges Golf Club in southwestern Utah. Two Tritons placed among the top five in the 108-competitor field. 

UC San Diego finished 13 under par with a three-round total of 851 to earn its best finish in seven trips to the Division II Regional. The Tritons carded rounds of 287, 289, and 275 during the 54-hole tournament.

The top four teams from the regional advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be held May 20-24 at The Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, West Virginia. Joining UC San Diego are regional champion Dixie State (-17), third-place Cal State Monterey Bay (-3), and fourth-place Sonoma State (-2). UC San Diego, Cal State Monterey Bay, and Sonoma State all hail from the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), while Dixie State, which hosted the regional, is out of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). 

Junior Hayden Hui had a stellar three days for the Tritons and was the runner-up of the Regional, finishing just one stroke behind the champion with an 11 under par 205. He fired rounds of 69, 69, and 67 en route to the top finish of his career. Hui's 67 in the final round equaled his career best, which he has now shot three times. He has been UC San Diego's top placer in 10 of 12 events this season.

Junior Adam Navigato (Solana Beach/Torrey Pines HS) finished in a four-way tie for fourth place. He was 6 under with a 210, shooting rounds of 68, 73, and 69.

Hui and Navigato each had two eagles during the tourney on the par 72, 7,145 yard course.

Junior Jacob Johnson moved up an impressive 34 spots in the standings, tying for 42nd with a 3 over 219. After shooting 78-73 in the first two rounds, he came back with a 68 Saturday to make the big jump.

Freshman Elliot Bunyaviroch (+5, 76-74-71--221) improved 13 positions, tying for 53rd. Junior Justin Woo (San Diego/Torrey Pines) (+12, 74-77-77--228) tied for 87th.

Chase Carlson of Colorado Christian, who was playing as an individual and not part of a team, came away as the regional champion with a 12 under 204. Carlson and Josh McCollum of Chico State are heading to the NCAA Championships as the top two regional finishers not with a qualifying team move on. McCollum placed third with a 7 under 209.

UC San Diego had previously played The Ledges this season, finishing in a tie for 21st in a 27-team field at the Fall Regional Preview in mid-October. Hui, Johnson, Navigato, and Woo played in that tournament. Hui tied for seventh as UC San Diego's top golfer, firing a 67 in the second and final round after shooting a 72 in the first.

It will be UC San Diego's second appearance in the NCAA Division II Championships. The Tritons qualified in 2004 and placed 15th of 20 squads.

UC SAN DIEGO AT THE NCAA DIVISION II REGIONAL

Year Course Location Team Finish Top Triton(s)
2019 The Ledges St. George, UT 2 Hayden Hui 2
2014 Grey Rock Austin, TX 16 Daniel Yang T-31
2013 The Home Course DuPont, WA 18 Clayton Yamaguchi T-54
2012 Wigwam Litchfield Park, AZ 14 Marc Hermann T-29
2011 Univ. of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM n/a Keith Okasaki T-5
2010 Classic Club Palm Desert, CA n/a Keith Okasaki T-65
2009 Wilderness Lincoln, NE n/a Keith Okasaki T-31 
2008 Adobe Creek Petaluma, CA n/a Nathan Phan 19
2007 Fox Hollow Lakewood, CO 6 Nathan Phan 9
2006 Legacy Phoenix, AZ n/a Justin Grant 29
2004 Bellingham Bellingham, WA 4 Joe Dolby/Alan Scheer T-8
2003 The Meadows Littleton, CO T-6 Brian Duckworth T-10

  

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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles, and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in the summer of 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's pre-eminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 81 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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