Hayden Hui Finishes Fourth, Tritons Ninth at CCAA Men's Golf Championships
CHICO, Calif. - University of California San Diego sophomore Hayden Hui placed fourth and the Tritons finished ninth as stroke play concluded Tuesday at the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men's Golf Championships at Butte Creek Country Club.
Hui rocketed up 20 spots in the individual standings after shooting a 5-under 67 in Tuesday's third and final round on the par-72, 7,000-yard layout. The 67 was the second-best round of the tournament. For placing among the top-five, Hui was named to the all-tournament team.
UC San Diego totaled a 904 (+40) for the tourney, going 296-311-297. The Tritons were tied for second following Monday's opening round but dropped to ninth after struggling late in the second.
"The team bounced back and played better today, but we just could not overcome yesterday's poor back nine in the second round," said UC San Diego head coach Jim Ragan.
Hui finished with a three-round total of 218 (+2), carding a 74 in round one and a 77 in round two. Overall, he had 36 pars and nine birdies, including four birdies on the front nine and six total in the third round. Hui was tied for 24th at the end of the day Monday.
"Hayden's individual performance today, shooting a 67 and finishing fourth, was outstanding," said Ragan.
Hui's finish is the best for a Triton at the CCAA Championships since Clayton Yamaguchi placed third in 2013.
Also competing for UC San Diego, sophomore Adam Navigato (Solana Beach/Torrey Pines HS) (73-77-78--228) tied for 30th, sophomore Jacob Johnson (75-78-76--229) tied for 32nd, senior Mateusz Kucz (74-79-77--230) tied for 34th, and sophomore Justin Woo (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) (80-80-77--237) finished 43rd. Navigato holed one of four eagles in the tournament as he took a 3 on the par-5 13th hole in the first round.
All five Tritons played in the 2017 CCAA Championships as well (Justin Woo was competing for Cal State Monterey Bay).
Cal State Monterey Bay's Elis Svard topped the field in stroke play to earn the league's individual champion crown. He finished with a 6-under 210 (75-69-66), four strokes in front of second-place Kelley Sullivan of Chico State, who won the title in 2017.
Chico State (878, +14), Cal State Monterey Bay (880, +16), Sonoma State (892, +28), and Cal State San Bernardino (892, +28) were the top-four finishing teams and advance to medal/match play semifinals Tuesday afternoon. The semifinal winners go head-to-head in a medal/match play final on Wednesday, April 25, which will decide the league's team champion and automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships
The Butte Creek course played to a 75.33 stroke average over the three rounds.
The top ten teams and top four individuals not with a qualifying team will be selected from each of the NCAA's eight regions to compete in one of four 54-hole NCAA Regionals. The West/South Central Regional will be held May 7-9 at Tascosa Golf Club's La Paloma Course in Amarillo, Texas. The top three teams and top two individuals not with one of those teams from each Regional advance to the NCAA Championships, May 21-25 in Muscle Shoals, Ala.