VISTA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego men's golf team tied for sixth of 16 squads Tuesday at the Fujikura Invitational, hosted by Cal State San Marcos at Shadowridge Golf Club. Adam Navigato (Solana Beach/Torrey Pines HS) was the top individual finisher for the Tritons, tying for fifth in the 80-competitor field.
UC San Diego compiled an 894 (+30) over the two-day, 54-hole tournament, going 298-293-303. UCSD was seventh following the first round and tied for third after the second round.
Navigato carded a three-under par 69 in Tuesday's third and final round to finish with an even 216 for the tournament. On Monday, he fired rounds of 73 and 74 on the par-72, 7,008-yard course. The sophomore's 69 was the second-lowest round of Tuesday and one of only six sub-70 rounds recorded during the tourney. He had four birdies, 13 pars, and a single bogey Tuesday. Overall, he totaled 11 birdies and 33 pars.
It was the third top-five finish for Navigato this season.
Sophomore Hayden Hui also placed in the top-20 for the Tritons, tying for 20th with a 225 (+9). Hui shot 74-73-79.
Also competing for UC San Diego were sophomores Jacob Johnson (T-33rd, 78-71-80--229) and Justin Woo (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) (T-33rd, 73-81-75--229), as well as senior Mateusz Kucz (61st, 78-76-83--237).
"Adam had another outstanding finish," said UCSD head coach Jim Ragan. "The team played well in the second round and put us in position to get some quality wins in the tournament. However, we played poorly today and were not able to finish it off the way we would have liked. We'll use this as a learning experience to help us play up to our potential in the final round of upcoming events."
Cal State San Marcos, in second place at the end of Monday, took over the top spot and won with an 875 (+11). Chico State (876, +12), ranked 11th in the country, was one stroke behind in second place, while No. 8 Cal State Monterey Bay (886, +22) was a distant third.
Monterey Bay's Elis Svard was the individual medalist with a seven-under 209. He posted rounds of 68, 70, and 71.
UC San Diego takes a month-long competitive break and is next in action March 5-6 at the Pioneer Shootout, hosted by Cal State East Bay at The Club at Ruby Hills in Pleasanton.