CORNING, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's golf team finished ninth out of 16 teams competing in the Lindsay Olive Wildcat Classic after carding rounds of 312 and 305 at the Sevillano Links on Tuesday in Corning.
The Tritons, who entered the day in a two-way tie for ninth place with Notre Dame de Namur following an opening round 318, shaved six strokes off that total in round two and then carded their best round to wrap things up and maintain their position.
UCSD, which finished with a final score of 71-over par, 935, held off tenth place Sonoma State by three strokes.
Sophomore Lewis Simon was the Tritons' top individual finisher, posting a final tally of +13, 229 on the difficult John Daly Signature course. Simon, who fired back-to-back 76s on Tuesday after shooting a 77 in the first round Monday, finished tied for 21st place overall.
Fellow sophomore David Smith was UCSD's next-highest finisher, carding rounds of 79 and 75 on Tuesday to wrap up the tournament at +18, 234. His tally was good enough for a share of 35th place. Freshman Jay Lim finished in a tie for 38th place at +20, 236 (80-80-76), while sophomore Jacob Williams concluded the competition at +23, 239 (81-78-80) to earn a share of 45th place.
Top-ranked Chico State ran away with the team title, finishing with an impressive final tally of 30-over par, 894. The host Wildcats held a nine-stroke lead over second place Grand Canyon at the conclusion of play on Monday and then carded rounds of 306 and 294 on Tuesday to increase their advantage to 15 strokes.
Grand Canyon finished second at +50, 914, while ninth-ranked Cal State Stanislaus and No. 11 Western Washington tied for third at +53, 917.
Chico's Kyle Souza carded a +4, 220 (71-76-73) to claim individual medalist honors, while Hawaii-Hilo's Travis Russell finished second at +6, 222 (76-74-72) and GCU's Ryan Mahoney was third at +7, 223 (74-75-74).
Head coach Mike Wydra's squad returns to action next week when they travel to Seaside, Calif. to take part in the Cal State Monterey Bay Otter Invitational October 24-25. The two-day event will be held at the Black Horse Golf Course.