UC San Diego Finishes 9th in DI Field at Bill Cullum Invitational
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - Shooting a 1-over par 289 in Tuesday's third and final round, the University of California San Diego men's golf team finished ninth of 13 schools at the Bill Cullum Invitational, hosted by CSUN at Wood Ranch Golf Club in Ventura County. In their final season as an NCAA Division II program, the Tritons were playing alongside 12 Division I teams.
UC San Diego finished with a three-round total of 880 (+16), carding rounds of 293 and 298 Monday. They ended up just three strokes behind eighth place UC Irvine and finished in front of CSUN, Cal Poly, UC Riverside, and Southern Utah.
Senior Hayden Hui placed in the top 20, tying for 16th in the 100 player field. He improved with each round, going 74-70-68 for a total of 212, 4 under on the par 72, 6944 yard layout. Hui cupped 13 birdies and 33 pars over the 54 holes.
Monday, Hui moved up 22 spots in the standings, going from 53rd after round one into a tie for 31st after round two was complete. His season best 68 in round three propelled him forward another 15 slots.
Also playing for UC San Diego, sophomore Sergi Mata De La Barata Barcons tied for 47th, sophomore Ethan Chen tied for 65th, senior Adam Navigato tied for 70th, and senior Jacob Johnson finished 91st. Four of the five turned in their lowest rounds of the tournament Tuesday.
Junior transfer Kobdech Rodrat, who was playing as an individual and did not figure into the team scoring, tied for 55th. He also shot his lowest round of the event Tuesday.
Overall, the Tritons amassed 162 pars, the fifth most of any team.
"Hayden was great, Sergi continued his strong play, and Ethan was good," said UC San Diego head coach Fred Hanover. "Adam had one good round but is such a solid player that he will have a lot of good tournaments this season. Kobdech played two very good rounds and he is getting more comfortable at UC San Diego, which means excellent play in the future. Jacob had some really flukey things happen and his scores didn't reflect his play."
San Diego State ran away with the title, finishing 40 under par with an 824. Second place Grand Canyon was 22 strokes behind the Aztecs.
SDSU's Puwit Anupansuebsai was the individual medalist, winning by five strokes with a 198, 18 under par. He fired three sub-70 rounds, going 63-66-69.
UC San Diego plays its third and final fall tournament in Hawai'i, competing at the Dennis Rose Invitational Oct. 28-30 at Waikoloa's King's Course.
"The team is continuing to progress and improve and we are excited about our next event in Hawai'i," said Hanover.
1. San Diego State, -40 (267-279-278--824)
2. Grand Canyon, -18 (282-283-281--846)
3. University of San Diego, -16 (275-292-281--848)
9. UC San Diego, +14 (293-298-289--880)
1. Puwit Anupansuebsai, San Diego State (-18, 63-66-69--198)
T2. Clay Feagler, Pepperdine (-13, 70-66-67--203)
T2. Leon D'Souza, USC (-13, 69-66-68--203)
T2. Trevor Lampson, Grand Canyon (-13, 65-69-69--203)
T16. Hayden Hui, UC San Diego (-4, 74-70-68--212)
T47. Sergi Mata De La Barata Barcons, UC San Diego (+4, 73-75-72--220)
T65. Ethan Chen, UC San Diego (+8, 75-75-74--224)
T70. Adam Navigato, UC San Diego (+9, 71-79-75--225)
91. Jacob Johnson, UC San Diego (+16, 78-78-76--232)
T55. Kobdech Rodrat, UC San Diego (+6, 79-72-71--222) (playing as an individual)
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