Golf Places Third at Monterey Invite

The UCSD gold team wrapped up its fall season with a third-place finish at the Cal State Monterey Bay Invitational

The UCSD men’s golf team finished its fall season in fifth place last weekend at the Cal State Monterey Bay Invitational in Seaside, Calif.

The lineup included some fresh faces for the Tritons. Junior transfer Jacob Corbin, sophomore Jeff Roseth and senior Ryan Rankin all got the nod to make their first appearances of the season. Sophomores Clayton Yamaguchi, Daniel Yang and senior Lewis Simon rounded out the lineup.

“Golf lineups are always fluid, and our roster is pretty deep this year,” Yamaguchi said. “Anyone can readily contribute. Also, Jay [Lim] decided not to travel for health reasons, so Ryan Rankin was able to come as well.”

The Tritons ended day one shooting a two round total of 595, placing them fifth in the standings. After hitting a 306 (+18) in the first round, the team was able to rebound in the second round with a 17-stroke turnaround, scoring 289 (+1).

“We got off to a slow start this morning and, outside of Ryan’s solid 72, I felt like we were not very sharp,” first-year head coach Jim Ragan said to the UCSD athletics department. “However, the second round was a different story. Jacob and Jeff played well, both having under-par rounds, and Clayton and Daniel also improved their scores.”

The team maintained its position in day two, shooting a 302 and a tournament total, 33-over 897.

First year Triton, and former all-state selection from Santiago Canyon College, Jacob Corbin had a solid debut, scoring a pair of birdies and tying for 20th place with Yamaguchi, who both shot 8-over 224.

Roseth tied for 30th (79¬-71-77–227, +11), while Daniel Yang placed 39th (78-74-77–229, +13), and Ryan Rankin came in at 63rd (72-84-82–238, +22).

The Tritons had a strong performance as a team, finishing ahead of several nationally  ranked teams, including No. 6 Chico State, No. 10 Cal State Stanislaus, No. 15 Hawaii-Hilo, No. 20 Western Washington and No. 24 Cal Baptist.

Host school Cal State Monterey Bay –– the only team under par –– came in first place with a score of 854. Following the Otters were No. 1 Barry University, who took second place, scoring 17-over 881.

With the conclusion of the fall season, Yamaguchi says the team will take some time off to work with coach Ragan and look to develop their overall game until their next tournament in 2014. During the critical off-season, the players aim to improve their physical fitness and also hope to find a course they can call home for the upcoming year.

“Coach has a plan for us to improve during the off-season,” Yamaguchi said. “He’s convinced us that the stuff we will work on will have dramatic results. We’re also working on finding a home course to practice at. Once we find that, we will be able to use the facilities to really improve our games.”