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Senior Adam Navigato

Tritons Open Season Monday at WWU Invitational

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Coming off a historic season in which UC San Diego advanced all the way to the NCAA Championships, the Tritons open their 2019-20 campaign at the Western Washington Men's Golf Invitational in Bellingham, Wash.

All action from Bellingham Golf & Country Club can be followed with live scoring.

FROM COACH FRED HANOVER
"We have a really deep team this year. We are well prepared physically, mentally, and golf-wise. I'm really looking forward to having a great season."

THE SCHEDULE
• Monday, Sept. 23, 8:30 a.m. PT: 36 holes (Round 1 pairings/Round 2 pairings)
• Tuesday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m. PT: 18 holes (Round 3 pairings TBD)

THE COURSE
Bellingham Golf & Country Club
• Par: 72 (Out: 37, In: 35)
• Yardage: 6,561 (Front: 3,443; Back: 3,118)

PARTICIPATING TEAMS (18)
• Academy of Art
• Cal State East Bay
• Cal State Monterey Bay (+1 individual)
• Cal State San Bernardino
• Chico State
• Colorado Christian (+1 individual)
• Concordia (Ore.) (+1 individual)
• Dixie State
• Hawai'i Hilo
• Hawai'i Pacific
• Montana State Billings
• Northwest Nazarene
• Notre Dame de Namur
• Saint Martin's
• Simon Fraser
• Stanislaus State
• UC San Diego
• Western Washington (+7 individuals)

TRITON LINEUP
(2018-19 stats listed)
1. Jared Gross (So., 75.6 stroke average)
2. Hayden Hui (Sr., 72.5)
3. Sergi Mata De La Barata Barcons (So., 80.3)
4. Adam Navigato (Sr., 74.1)
5. Kobdech Rodrat (Jr. transfer from Towson)

TOURNEY HISTORY
Western Washington has been hosting this tournament since 1973. In 2018, WWU won the team title with a 3-under 861. Chico State's Josh McCollum was the individual medalist, finishing 9 under with a three round total of 207. UC San Diego tied for 15th of 20 teams. Hayden Hui was the team's top finisher, tying for 13th with a 2-over 218. Hui fired a 69 in the third and final round after going 74-75 in the first two rounds.

UP NEXT
The Tritons continue their three-tournament fall schedule Oct. 14-15 at the Cullum Invitational, hosted by CSUN at Wood Ranch in Simi Valley, Calif.

About UC San Diego Athletics
With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles, and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in the summer of 2020, begin a four-year transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego scholar-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's pre-eminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships. In competition, almost 1,400 UC San Diego scholar-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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