Triton Golf Finishes Seventh in Season Opener

    The tournament, played at Diamond Valley Golf Club in Hemet, Calif., featured seven other collegiate golf teams, including NCAA Division II program Cal Baptist and NAIA programs Cal-State San Marcos, Point Loma Nazarene University, Arizona Christian University and Biola University.

    The Tritons finished No. 7 out of the eight teams, after a rough second day on the par-72. Starting the day in sixth place, UCSD fell behind Biola by three strokes to seventh place by the end of the final day.

    San Marcos won the tournament by three strokes, finishing with a score of 869 after passing up Cal Baptist in the final round. The Master’s College and Point Loma tied for third with a score of 879.

    After Triton ace Keith Okasaki graduated, the team leader in both rounds played and stroke average for the past three seasons, UCSD is looking to fill in the gap.

    The Tritons may look to freshman Jay Lim, who was the top finisher for UCSD. Lim finished 10th overall, with a final score of 218.

    Sophomores David Smith, Jacob Williams, and Lewis Simon finished with respective scores of 228, 231 and 233.

    “Jay Lim had a very good showing in his first college event,” head coach Mike Wydra said. “Lewis Simon had a bad first round, but made a comeback on the second day. David Smith has been steady his entire career, and Jacob Williams started strong but then had a very bad four hole stretch in the final round.”

    Next up for the Tritons is the Lindsay Olive Wildcat Classic hosted by Chico State, scheduled for Oct. 17-18.

    “All the other teams have been in school for a few weeks, and so it’s a bit of a disadvantage for us that we start so late,” Wydra said. “We’re very anxious to play in Corning — it’s a very long and difficult course.”

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