LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. -
The UC San Diego men's golf team finished 11th out of 20 teams competing in the Grand Canyon Thunderbird Invitational after shooting a final round 297 on Tuesday at the Wigwam Golf Course.
The Tritons entered the day in 10th place following rounds of 291 and 290 on Monday, but dropped one spot in the final team standings at the conclusion of play. UCSD finished with a final tally of +14, 878, finishing three strokes in front of defending NCAA Champion and 19th-ranked Cal State Monterey Bay.
Freshman Jay Lim was UC San Diego's top individual finisher for the fifth time this season, posting a final score of -3, 213 on the par-72, 6,852-yard Wigwam Red Course layout. Lim shot a 71 in the final round on Tuesday after carding a 74 and 68 on Monday and finished tied for 14th place overall.
Sophomore Lewis Simon was the Tritons' next-highest finisher, carding rounds of 71, 75 and 76 to wrap up the tournament at +6, 222. His score was good enough for a share of 51st place. Simon finished one stroke in front of teammate Marc Herrmann, who was tied for 56th place at +7, 223 (76-71-76), while sophomore David Smith finished at +10, 226 (75-76-75) and claimed a share of 66th place.
No. 3 Cal State Stanislaus ran away with the team title after finishing with an impressive final tally of -24, 840. The Warriors held a three-stroke advantage over No. 10 Western Washington and host Grand Canyon entering the final round, but quickly pulled away following a stellar 278 on Tuesday.
WWU finished second at -15, 849, while the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs was third at -13, 851 and Abilene Christian came in fourth at -11, 853.
Individual medalist honors went to Cal State Stanislaus' Trevor Blair and UC-Colorado Springs' Eddie DeLashmutt after both players wrapped up the tournament at -9, 207. Blair carded rounds of 72, 66 and 69, while DeLashmutt shot three consecutive 69s. There was no playoff for the tie.
Teddy Schrier of CSUS, Nick Varelia of WWU and Steven Watson of Cal Baptist finished in a three-way tie for third place at -7, 209.
Head coach Mike Wydra's Tritons will be back on the links next week when they take part in the Fort Lewis Skyhawk Desert Shootout April 2-3 at the Classic Club in Palm Desert.