CORNING, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's golf team currently sits in a two-way tie for ninth place after carding a 318 in the opening round of the Lindsay Olive Wildcat Classic on Monday at the Sevillano Links in Corning.
The Tritons are tied with Notre Dame de Namur through one round of play, with both squads finishing 24 strokes behind leader and host Chico State heading into the completion of round two on Tuesday. Because the sun set before the second round was completed late Monday, play will resume Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. with groups needing to finish between one and three holes before teeing off on the final round.
Chico State, the No. 1 team in the country according to the golfstat rankings, wrapped up the opening round at 6-over par, 294 to take a decisive nine stroke lead over second place Grand Canyon University (303). Saint Martin's University and the University of Hawaii-Hilo are tied for third place at 22-over par, 310.
UCSD and NDNU are just one stroke behind eighth place Western Washington.
Sophomore Lewis Simon had the best opening round for the Tritons, carding a 77 on the par-72, 7,256-yard layout. He is currently tied for 16th place overall. Freshman Jay Lim, who was UCSD's top finisher at the California State Intercollegiate in Hemet three weeks ago, and sophomore David Smith are tied for 38th following identical 80s in the opening round.
Lim and Smith finished one shot better than teammate Jacob Williams, who currently holds a share of 46th place, while rookie Austin Shuxiau is tied for 67th place following an opening round 85.
Chico State's Kyle Souza, the 2011 NCAA National Champion, fired a 71 on Monday to grab hold of the individual lead. Souza holds a one stroke lead over teammate Eric Frazzetta heading into the final day of play.
Grand Canyon's Sam Whitehead sits in third place with a 73, while five players shot a 74 to earn a share of fourth place.
Sevillano Links is a John Daly Signature course set in the rolling hills the Corning area is known for. One of the few, true links style courses in the Western United States, it is set up to play par 72, 7,256 yards for the first two rounds, while Tuesday's third and final round will play at 7,229 yards.