LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. -
The UC San Diego men's golf team finished in 14th place out of 20 teams competing in the NCAA Division II Central/West Regional at the Wigwam Golf Resort on Wednesday.
The Tritons carded a final round 304 to finish with a 54-hole tally of 47-over par, 911 on the challenging Wigwam Gold Course. UCSD, which entered the day in a two-way tie for 14th place, finished just one stroke behind 13th place Bemidji State University.
With the top five teams advancing to the NCAA Championship Finals in Simpsonville, Ky. next week, UCSD's season comes to a close.
Freshman Marc Herrmann was UCSD's top individual finisher in Arizona, wrapping up with a final tally of +8, 224. The Mount Carmel High School product carded a final round 77 to claim a share of 29th place along with seven other players.
Herrmann finished three strokes in front of fellow rookie Jay Lim, who was tied for 46th place at +11, 227. Lim shot a 76 in the third round.
Sophomore Lewis Simon was the Tritons' next-highest finisher, earning a share of 68th place at +15, 231 following a final round 77. Freshman Austin Shuxiao rounded out the scoring for UCSD at +21, 238, finishing tied for 94th place after firing UCSD's best round of the day with a 74.
Cal State Stanislaus shot a final round 288 to claim the Central/West Regional title at +1, 865. The Warriors were six shots off the lead entering the final round but took advantage of poor days from Chico State (302) and Colorado School of Mines (300) to take over the top spot in the team standings.
The Wildcats finished second at +5, 869, while the Orediggers were third at +7, 871. Western Washington and Grand Canyon also earned spots in the NCAA Finals at 876 and 877, respectively.
Colorado School of Mines' Jim Knous claimed individual medalist honors at -7, 209 following a final round 73. He finished two strokes in front of Chico State's Kyle Souza, who finished second despite shooting the low round of the tournament with a 65 on Monday.
Cal State Monterey Bay's Alex Sobstad (212) and Dixie State's Kyle Chappell (217) qualified for the NCAA Finals as individuals, finishing in third and 10th places, respectively. Chappell finished in a two-way tie with Colorado State-Pueblo's James Berry, but won the spot in a playoff.
2011-12 proved to be a very successful season for the Tritons as they posted a total of five top-five finishes throughout the year, including an unprecedented third place showing at the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships in Paso Robles last month.
They went on to earn the No. 8 seed in the West Region, marking UCSD's first Super Regional appearance as a team in five seasons.
The future looks bright for head coach Mike Wydra and the Tritons as all five players that competed in the NCAA Central/West Regional are scheduled to return next season. UCSD will not lose anyone to graduation either as the roster featured all underclassmen in 2011-12.