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Junior Jacob Johnson

Tritons Tied for 11th After First Round at NCAA Championships

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DANIELS, W.Va. - Following Monday's opening round of play at the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships, the University of California San Diego is tied for 11th of 20 teams.

UC San Diego totaled a 9 over par 297 on the par 72, 7,114 yard Cobb Course at the Resort at Glade Springs. The Tritons are even with Lindenwood and Saint Leo.

Junior Hayden Hui is the top Triton thus far, tied for 13th after firing an even par 72. He is one of 12 players sitting at even par. Hui's round included an eagle on the par 5 fifth hole, as well as birdies on No. 2 (par 5), No. 16 (par 4), and No. 18 (par 5). He was one of just two golfers to shoot 4 under on par 5 holes.

Junior Justin Woo (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) is tied for 25th (73, +1) and freshman Elliot Bunyaviroch is tied for 52nd (75, +3), while juniors Adam Navigato (Solana Beach/Torrey Pines HS) and Jacob Johnson are tied for 76th, each shooting 77 (+5). 

Cal State Monterey Bay, a fellow member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) with UC San Diego, leads the field as the lone team under par with a 287 (-1). Arkansas Tech and Lincoln Memorial are tied for second, both shooting an even par 288. Missouri St. Louis (290, +2) is fourth, while Lynn (292, +4), the 2018 national champion, and Dixie State (292, +4) are tied for fifth.

The current individual leader of the 108-golfer field is Shawn Tsai of Arkansas Tech. He is 5 under with a 67 Monday. Twelve players are under par.

After three rounds of stroke play, which conclude Wednesday, the individual national champion will be crowned. The eight highest-placing teams from the stroke play segment move on to quarterfinal medal play with the top four squads then competing in medal match play semifinals, all on Thursday. The team national champion will be decided Friday in head-to-head medal match play. 

The Tritons tee it up for round two at 7:30 a.m. Eastern (4:30 a.m. Pacific) Tuesday. They will again be playing alongside Southern New Hampshire (currently 17th) and West Florida (currently seventh).

UC San Diego punched its ticket to nationals by placing second of 20 at the West/South Central Regional in Utah. The Tritons are competing at the NCAA Division II Championships for the second time. They finished 15th in 2004.

The 2019 Championships can be followed via live scoring.

About UC San Diego Athletics
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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