VISTA, Calif. - UC San Diego is in eighth place and two Tritons are among the top 15 players following Monday's first day of action at the Cal State San Marcos Invitational.
UCSD holds a two-round total of 622 (+46), shooting a 310 in the opening round and a 312 in the second at a wet and windy Shadowridge Golf Club in San Diego's North County.
"The team hung in there today under tough conditions and competed well," said UCSD head coach Jim Ragan. "However, we did not do a good job finishing. We were competing for the second place position all day and made some mistakes on the last few holes."
Junior Mateusz Kucz is the Tritons' leader thus far, tied for eighth place among 78 golfers. Kucz is 7-over par with a 151. He shot 78-73 on the par-72, 7,031-yard layout.
Freshman Adam Navigato (Solana Beach/Torrey Pines HS) is tied for 11th with an 8-over 152. He shot an even 72 in round one before carding an 80 in round two.
"Mateusz and Adam had nice rounds and both are in good position for a top-10 finish," said Ragan.
Cal State Monterey Bay (580, +4), ranked 10th nationally, leads the 15-team field by a large margin and is followed by host CSUSM (609, +33) in second with Williams Jessup (610, +34) and Texas Wesleyan tied for third.
CSUMB's Elis Svard is the individual leader with a 3-under 141. The only player under par, he fired a 67 in the morning round and followed that with a 74.
The third and final round gets underway Tuesday at 8 a.m.