Hui Fourth, Tritons Fifth as Bay Area Invite Concludes Tuesday
SAN FRANCISCO - The University of California San Diego men's golf team placed fifth of 14 squads with Hayden Hui finishing fourth in a 73-player field as the Bay Area Invitational wrapped up Tuesday at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
UC San Diego totaled an 884 (+20) over 54 holes. The Tritons shot a 295 Tuesday to go along with Monday's 292 and Sunday's 297. The 884 was the team's lowest score for a three-round tournament this season. The Tritons were sixth after the first round and moved up a spot into fifth after Monday's second round.
Hui completed his solid showing with a 215 (-1), one of just four players to finish under par. He shot a two-under 70 to open his account Sunday and followed with a one-under 71 on Monday. Tied for third after the first round, he entered the final round atop the leaderboard, but dropped three spots after shooting a two-over 74 today.
It was Hui's fourth top-10 result of the season.
Freshman Elliot Bunyaviroch, who was tied for 65th at the end of play Sunday, blasted up the standings to place in a tie for 15th with a 221 (+5). He opened with a 79 in round one and shot a 70, the lowest of any Triton, in round two to jump into a tie for 30th. Bunyaviroch closed with a 72, another team-best, Tuesday to rocket up another 15 rungs. It was just his third collegiate tourney and he has finished among the top-15 in two of those.
Junior Adam Navigato (Solana Beach/Torrey Pines HS) also improved his standing, finishing in a tie for 21st with a 222 (+6) after carding a 73 Tuesday. He was tied for 35th after round one (75) and tied for 30th after round two (74). Navigato led all players with his 2.83 stroke average on par-3 holes.
Western Washington, ranked sixth nationally, shot a six-under 282 Tuesday to come from behind and win the event. The Vikings, who were fifth after round one and fourth after round two, totaled a five-over 869 to win by six strokes.
Sonoma State's Devin Gregg was the individual medalist after firing a five-under 67, the lowest round of the tournament, Tuesday to finish with a six-under 210.
The par-72, 6,845-yard Harding Park layout played to a 75.55 stroke average. Tuesday’s round was the toughest of the three, playing to a 76.15 average.
Up next, UC San Diego hosts the 69th SoCal Intercollegiate March 4-5 at Carlton Oaks in Santee.
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