Hayden Hui Ties for Seventh in Utah
ST. GEORGE, Utah - University of California San Diego golfer Hayden Hui continued his strong fall season Tuesday by tying for seventh in a 135-competitor field at the Dixie State Fall Regional Preview at The Ledges in southern Utah.
Hui finished 5-under par with a two-round total of 139. The junior shot a 72 in the first round and followed with a blistering 67 in the second and final round. It was Hui's best finish of the year. He has placed among the top 15 in all four tournaments that UC San Diego has played in.
The Tritons tied for 21st among the 27 teams in attendance. They carded a 302 in round one and improved by six strokes with a 296 in round. The team's total of 598 was 22-over par.
Also playing for UC San Diego were juniors Justin Woo (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) (tie for 79th, 73-77--150), Adam Navigato (Solana Beach/Torrey Pines HS) (tie for 100th, 78-75--153), Jacob Johnson (tie for 119th, 79-78--157), and freshman Ethan Chen (tie for 126th, 83-77--160).
Chico State, ranked 12th nationally, crushed the field, winning with a 25-under par 551. The Wildcats posted rounds of 273 and 278. Second-place Dixie State was 11 strokes behind with a 562 (-14) and Simon Fraser placed third with a 566 (-10). Colorado School of Mines (571) and No. 25 Oklahoma Christian (571) also finished under par, while Sonoma State (576) was even. The remaining 21 teams finished over par.
The individual medalist was Isaac Lee from Simon Fraser. Lee shot two rounds of 67 for a 134, 10-under. He was just two strokes in front of Chico State's Kelley Sullivan, the second-place finisher. Twenty-six players finished under par.
Hui struck for 12 birdies over the two days, three in the first round and nine in the second. He birdied six of his first 10 holes, including four-straight, in the second round. His 67 in round two was the lowest by any Triton this season and it matched his career-best (round three of the 2018 CCAA Championships).
The par-72, 7,145-yard Ledges course played to a 74.46 stroke average from the competitors.
Due to the large field size, the tournament consisted of 36 holes of play instead of the usual 54. Monday's opening round teed off 90 minutes late due to frost on the course. Because of the delay, only 11 teams completed the round before darkness set in. The remaining 16 teams finished out round one Tuesday morning before moving into round two.
UC San Diego has one more tournament on its fall schedule - Cal State Monterey Bay's Otter Invitational - which runs Oct. 22-23 at Bayonet-Blackhorse in Seaside.
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