PALM DESERT, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's golf team recorded its highest finish of the season on Tuesday, claiming second place out of 11 teams competing in the Fort Lewis Skyhawk Desert Shootout at the Classic Club in Palm Desert.
After carding rounds of 325 and 299 on Monday, the Tritons shot a final round 298 to wrap up the competition at 58-over par, 922. UCSD finished eight strokes behind the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, which shot an impressive 289 Tuesday to claim the team title.
Freshman Jay Lim paved the way for the Tritons, posting a final score of +11, 227 on the difficult par-72, 7,322-yard Classic Club layout. The La Canada native got better as the tournament went along, carding rounds of 81, 76 and 70 to finish in a two-way tie for fourth place with Sonoma State's Kyle Listar.
Lim's final round 70 was his second-lowest round of the season.
Sophomore Jacob Williams was UCSD's next-highest finisher, following an opening round 87 with back-to-back 73s to wrap up the competition at +17 overall. His 233 was good enough for a share of 15th place with four other players.
Williams finished one stroke in front of teammate Lewis Simon, who carded rounds of 83, 76 and 75 to finish in 20th place at +18, 234. Freshman Marc Herrmann rounded out the scoring for the Tritons with a final tally of +20, 236. Herrmann was tied for second place after firing rounds of 79 and 74 on Monday, but finished with a share of 23rd place following a final round 83.
The Tritons' second place showing comes on the heels of a sub-par performance at the Grand Canyon Thunderbird Invitational last week, where they finished 11th out of 20 schools. UCSD has now posted a total of four top-five finishes in 2011-12, including a third place showing at the Cal State San Bernardino Coyote Classic in February.
UC-Colorado Springs, which trailed UCSD but just one stroke after two rounds, came back with a strong effort on Tuesday to pull away and capture the Skyhawk Desert Shootout crown at +50, 914. UCSD finished two shots in front of third place South Mountain Community College, which shot up four spots in the final team standings after carding the lowest round of the tournament with a 288 on Tuesday.
Individual medalist honors went to UC-Colorado Springs' Eddie DeLashmutt, who finished up at +9, 225 (78-76-71). He finished one shot in front of teammate Spencer Biersdorff and Jimmy Kozikowski of SMCC, who finished tied for second at +10, 226. Lim and Listar finished two strokes back for fourth place.
The Tritons will return to action on April 16-17 when they take part in the 39th Annual Hanny Stanislaus Invitational at the Turlock Golf and Country Club.