UC San Diego Ties for 2nd, Two Tritons in Top 10 in Hawai'i
WAIKOLOA, Hawai'i - The University of California San Diego men's golf team tied for second place and two Tritons finished in the top 10 as the Dennis Rose Intercollegiate came to a close Wednesday. The University of Hawai'i Hilo hosted the three day, 16 team tournament on Waikoloa's Kings' Course on the leeward side of the Big Island.
UC San Diego, ranked 39th nationally in the latest Golfstat rankings, totaled an 877, 13 over par on the par 72, 7,074 yard layout. The Tritons improved by 11 strokes Wednesday, shooting a 285 in the final round after carding a 296 in each of the first and second rounds. They were fourth after the opening round and fifth following the second round.
It was the team's best finish since placing second of 20 at the NCAA Division II West/South Central Regional in May of 2019.
"The guys did a really good job and everybody contributed," said UC San Diego head coach Fred Hanover.
Senior Hayden Hui fired a 69 Wednesday to continue his climb in the standings, finishing fourth among 87 players. He previously shot rounds of 74 and 71 and finished with a 2-under 214. Hui was tied for 13th after one round and tied for fifth after two.
Hui has been the top finisher for the Tritons in two of the team's three tournaments this fall.
Ryan Vaughan also earned a spot among the top 10 players, finishing in a tie for ninth with a 3-over 219. The junior, whose placing was a career best, went 69-72-78. Playing in his first event of the 2019-20 season, he spent most of the tournament very near the top of the leaderboard, situated in second place at the conclusion of both of the first two rounds.
Jacob Johnson matched a career best by shooting a 68 Wednesday. His impressive round blasted him up 33 spots in the standings into a tie for 29th. The senior was 9 over par with a 225, carding an 80 Monday and a 77 Tuesday.
"This is just the tip of the iceberg," said Hanover. "We have so much potential and I'm excited about the rest of the season."
Sonoma State, ranked 26th, led wire to wire and won the team title as the only squad to finish under par. The Seawolves were 1 under par with an 863 after rounds of 289, 288, and 286.
No. 23 Cal State Monterey Bay, which shared the second place slot with UC San Diego, produced the individual medalist in Elis Svard. Ranked third in the nation, Svard was 9 under with a 207, five strokes in front of second place Blake Bourelle of Sonoma State.
Now finished with its early season slate, UC San Diego is next in action Feb. 3-4 at the Fujikura Invitational, hosted by Cal State San Marcos at Shadowridge in Vista.
1. Sonoma State, -1 (289-288-286--863)
T2. UC San Diego, +13 (296-296-285--877)
T2. Cal State Monterey Bay, +13 (302-281-294--877)
1. Elis Svard, Cal State Monterey Bay, -9 (71-66-70--207)
2. Blake Bourelle, Sonoma State, -4 (73-70-69--212)
3. Aidan Thain, Western Washington, -3 (72-71-70--213)
4. Hayden Hui, UC San Diego, -2 (74-71-69--214)
T9. Ryan Vaughan, UC San Diego, +3 (69-72-78--219)
T29. Jacob Johnson, UC San Diego, +9 (80-77-68--225)
T44. Sergi Mata De La Barata Barcons, UC San Diego, +12 (75-76-77--228)
T52. Adam Navigato, UC San Diego, +15 (78-82-71--231)
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