SEASIDE, Calif. - University of California San Diego golfer Adam Navigato (Solana Beach/Torrey Pines HS) won a tournament for the first time in his young collegiate career and the Tritons tied for fourth as the Otter Invitational concluded Tuesday at Blackhorse on Monterey Bay.
Navigato was absolutely on fire throughout the entire event, finishing with a tournament record 199, 17-under par and seven strokes in front of his nearest competitor. The sophomore from San Diego County fired rounds of 69 (-3), 65 (-7), and 65 (-7) to top the 104-player field. He carded one eagle, 21 birdies, and 26 pars with just six bogeys. Navigato's eagle came in the second round on the par-5 eighth hole, while his third round featured nine birdies. His 199 topped the tournament's previous best score by nine strokes.
"Adam had a spectacular tournament and his play was among the best 54-hole performances I have seen in my 20 years as a college coach," said UC San Diego head coach Jim Ragan.
It was the first win by a Triton since October of 2015 when Clayton Yamaguchi was victorious at the Dennis Rose Intercollegiate in Hawaii.
Navigato now has a pair of top-five finishes this season as he tied for fourth at the Wildcat Classic earlier this month.
UCSD sophomore Hayden Hui also played himself into the top 10 as he tied for seventh today. Hui finished with a 1-under 215 after shooting 71-70-74. He also tied for seventh at the Sonoma State Invitational back in September.
Also helping UC San Diego to its best finish of the season were sophomore Justin Woo (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) (T-37th, 75-76-73--224), sophomore Jacob Johnson (T-96th, 79-84-77--240), and freshman Ryan Vaughan (103rd, 86-84-77--247).
The Tritons had rounds of 294 (+6), 295 (+7), and 289 (+1) for a total of 878, 14-over par. The 289 in the final round equaled the team's season low. Tying with UCSD for fourth was Dominican and Simon Fraser. SFU is currently ranked 20th nationally.
"The team played well today and had a good finish in the largest and strongest field we will see during the regular season," said Ragan. "We played exceptional golf, but left a few strokes out there on the last couple of holes."
Host and 14th-ranked Cal State Monterey Bay won the team title with an 8-under 856, 12 strokes in front of second-place and 18th-ranked Colorado-Colorado Springs (868, +4). No. 15 Chico State (871, +7) rounded out the top three in the 19-team field.
Following Navigato on the individual leaderboard were Monterey Bay's Elis Svard (206, -10) and Simon Fraser's Chris Crisologo (211, -5), who won the event in 2016.
The par-72 Blackhorse course played 6,833 yards in the first two rounds and dropped to 6,813 yards in round three.
With its fall season now complete, UC San Diego breaks from competition until Feb. 5-6, 2018, when it plays in the Fujikura Invitational, hosted by Cal State San Marcos at Shadowridge in Vista.
"We are looking for a productive off-season in our Spanos Athletic Performance Center between now and February," said Ragan.