STOCKTON, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's golf team is set to compete at the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championship Tuesday and Wednesday at Brookside Country Club in Stockton.
The eight league teams will play 36 holes Tuesday and a final 18 Wednesday. Tuesday's first round gets underway at 7:30 a.m. Action can be followed via live scoring.
Half of the teams competing are ranked among the nation's top 25, including No. 4 Cal State Monterey Bay, No. 5 Chico State, No. 13 Cal State Stanislaus and No. 23 Sonoma State. UCSD, formerly tied for 20th in the rankings, is receiving votes in the most recent poll. Cal State Dominguez Hills, host Cal State East Bay and Cal State San Bernardino round out the field.
"Like last fall when we played three straight tournaments, we didn't start very well but continued to improve at each event," said first-year UCSD head coach Jim Ragan. "At this point in the spring, the same pattern has been developing and we are looking forward to a strong showing in Stockton."
Yamaguchi holds a team-best 74.4 stroke average over 22 rounds. He has recorded a pair of top-10 finishes this year, including tying for seventh at the season-opening Wildcat Classic in Corning. Yamaguchi's 67 in the second round was the lowest single-round score carded by any Triton this season. He has been UCSD's top finisher in three of eight tournaments the Tritons have competed in.
Simon's 75.7 stroke average is the second-lowest on the roster. He also has finished among the top 10 twice, which included a team-best ninth-place showing at UCSD's own SoCal Intercollegiate at Maderas Golf Club in Poway. Simon was also the top Triton finisher at the Cougar Invitational in Vista, tying for ninth.
Lim carries a 76.2 stroke average over 17 rounds. He posted the best finish of any Triton so far this season, tying for fifth place at the Sonoma State Invitational. Lim tied for 18th at the Coyote Classic in San Bernardino, firing a 68 in the second round. Most recently, he was UCSD's top placer at the Hanny Stanislaus Invitational April 14-15 in Turlock, tying for 26th.
Yang is the lone Triton to play in all 23 rounds for the team this season. He owns a 76.6 stroke average with his top finish coming at the Sonoma State Invitational, where he tied for 12th.
Roseth enters the CCAA Championship with a 78.0 stroke average through 18 rounds of play. His best placement was a tie for 21st at the Cougar Invitational in early February.
As a team, UC San Diego has finished in the top 10 in seven of eight tournaments. The Tritons were third of 14 squads at the Sonoma State Invitational back in October, helped by a season-low 285 in the second round.
Following the third-place finish, UCSD was fifth in its next four outings.
At last week's Hanny Stanislaus Invitational, the Tritons were sixth among the eight CCAA teams in contention. Cal State Monterey Bay won, Chico State placed second, Cal State Stanislaus took third, Sonoma State was seventh, Cal State San Bernardino placed eighth, UCSD finished ninth, Cal State Dominguez Hills tied for 13th and Cal State East Bay was 15th.
In 2013, UCSD finished fifth at the CCAA Championship, played at Hunter Ranch in Paso Robles. Yamaguchi was the Tritons' top golfer, coming in third overall with 5-under par 211. He fired a 69 in the opening round and followed with a 72 and a 70. Lim, Simon and Jacob Williams all tied for 18th, while Yang finished 29th.
Cal State Monterey Bay won the 2013 title with a 19-under 845, nine strokes ahead of second-place finisher Cal State Stanislaus. Sonoma State was third, Chico State placed fourth, Cal State East Bay was sixth, Cal State San Bernardino finished seventh and Cal State Dominguez Hills was eighth. CSUMB's Brandon Hortt was the individual medalist with a 12-under 204.
"We played really well for 14 holes during the final round of last week's Hanny Stanislaus Invite, so hopefully the confidence we gained carries into our play at the CCAA Championship," said Ragan.