Golf team competes in two local tournaments

    The UCSD golf team competed in the Aztec Invitational hosted by SDSU at Lake San Marcos Country Club on March 1 and March 2, as well as in the CSU San Marcos Invitational hosted by CSU San Marcos, held at the San Luis Rey Golf Course on March 3 and March 4.

    The Tritons placed seventh in the Aztec Invitational, shooting rounds of 305 and 292 across the weekend for a total of 597.

    The top three finishers in the tournament were Saddleback College, host SDSU and CSU Bakersfield.

    Individually, UCSD was led by junior Alan Scheer, who shot rounds of 74 and 67, giving him a total of 141 and a third-place finish in the invitational.

    Fellow Triton freshman Robbie Kramer followed Scheer with rounds of 78 and 68 for a two-day composite of 146. Junior Galen Farris came next with rounds of 77 and eight for a total of 158.

    Sophomore Jan Godoski was the fourth Triton finisher, with scores of 83 and 76, giving him a total of 159 for the invitational. Junior Brian Duckworth rounded out the UCSD team by shooting 76 and 82 for a 160 on the tourney.

    In the San Marcos Invitational, UCSD placed eighth out of 16 teams. The Tritons shot rounds of 297, 298 and 293 as a team, giving them a total of 888, their lowest three-round score this season.

    “”As we play more competitive golf, we get more experience,”” said UCSD head coach Mike Wydra. “”It’s a combo of strong physical play and good character and mental play. We had to deal with seven-hour rain delays during the tournament.””

    Wydra went on to explain that despite the bad conditions, the Tritons did their best.

    “”The course was completely drenched, and we had rain both rounds on Monday and Tuesday, but the team persevered in spite of it,”” Wydra said.

    Tournament host San Marcos finished first, with rounds of 291, 282 and 293, giving the team a total of 866. Bakersfield finished one stroke behind, with scores of 295, 282 and 290 for a total score of 867 and a second-place finish. Stanislaus took third with round scores of 297, 289 and 287 for a total of 873.

    Grand Canyon and Southern Nazarene tied for fourth with scores of 882. Loyola Marymount placed sixth with a team score of 883, while Master’s College took seventh with a score of 885.

    Victoria took ninth with a 902, while CSU San Bernardino and Point Loma Nazarene tied for 10th with 905. Idaho State placed 12th with a 911.

    Holy Names College finished 13th with a score of 925, while British Columbia took 14th with a 931. Lewis Clark State took 15th with 938 while CSU Dominguez Hills rounded out the pack at 16th with a 941.

    Individually in the San Marcos Invitational, Scheer once again led the Tritons with rounds of 74, 71 and 69 to give him a score of 214 and a fourth-place finish.

    Kramer finished in second for UCSD again with rounds of 75, 75 and 72 for a 222 and a 30th place finish in the tourney. Farris followed Kramer with rounds of 74, 73 and 77 to give him a 224 and a 45th-place finish.

    Godoski shot rounds of 74, 79 and 75 for a 228, giving him a 55th-place finish. Duckworth was the fifth Triton, shooting 233 and finishing in 68th-place.

    UCSD’s next big tournament will be the Southern California Intercollegiate Championship at Santaluz Golf Course in Del Mar, which will help Wydra decide which players advance to regionals. The Triton A team will be manned by Scheer, Kramer, Godoski, Farris and freshman Ryo Yamada.

    “”We will be competing against 18 teams from all over the U.S.; how we do should set the tone for the rest of the season,”” Wydra said.

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