CORNING, Calif. - Adam Navigato (Solana Beach/Torrey Pines HS) tied for fourth and the University of California San Diego men's golf team placed sixth of 11 as the Wildcat Classic concluded Tuesday at The Links at Rolling Hills.
UC San Diego, which sat in seventh place following Monday's first round, improved its score by 14 strokes Tuesday, shooting a 289 (+1) on the par-72, 6,917-yard course. Combined with Monday's 303 (+15), the Tritons finished with a team total of 592 (+16).
"The team came together and played well today, improving our score and our position," said UCSD head coach Jim Ragan. "We are a young team and we have to keep working to get more consistent, but overall I'm pleased to see the improvement we made today."
Navigato finished the tournament with a 4-under par 140. Tuesday, he carded a 3-under 69 to follow Monday's 1-under 71. Over the two rounds, the sophomore had nine birdies and two eagles. The lone player to hole two eagles, he had one in each round. The first came on the par-5 15th, the second on the par-5 first. It was the best finish of Navigato's career, topping a tie for 11th at last season's SoCal Intercollegiate. In addition, the 69 was the lowest single round of his collegiate career.
Also competing for UC San Diego were sophomore Hayden Hui (T-26th, 77-73--150), sophomore Justin Woo (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) (T-26th, 75-75--150), freshman Ryan Vaughan (T-35th, 80-72--152), and senior Mateusz Kucz (T-57th, 82-84--166). It was the first tournament as a Triton for Woo, who is a transfer, and Vaughan.
Host and 15th-ranked Chico State won the team title with a 568 (-8). Cal State Monterey Bay, ranked 14th nationally, placed second with a 570 (-6) and Holy Names was third with a 575 (-1).
The individual medalist was Chico's Colby Dean, who won by a single stroke with a 137 (-7). Dean also led the 59-player field following Monday's opening round. Monterey Bay's Elis Svard (138, -6) was a close second and Zack Sims (139, -5) of Holy Names finished third.
The tournament was shortened to 36 holes instead of the usual 54 after strong winds on Monday forced just a single round of 18.
UC San Diego concludes its fall season at Cal State Monterey Bay's Otter Invitational, which will run Oct. 16-17 at Blackhorse in Seaside.