On Monday, Oct. 14, the UCR men’s golf team traveled to Simi Valley, California to participate in the Bill Cullum Intercollegiate Tournament. The tournament lasted for only two days, ending on Tuesday, Oct. 15. As a team, the Highlanders tied for 11th place among the 13 schools to participate in the tournament. The universities that participated in the tournament included UC Los Angeles, University of Southern California, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, California State Northridge, University of San Diego (USD) and Pepperdine University.
The Highlanders shot 300, 293 and 293 in the three rounds for a combined total of 886, 62 shots over the first place team, the USD Toreros, who scored an 824. UCR started slow in the first round but elevated their level of play in the second and third rounds.
“My goal is to get them off to better starts. We’re gonna figure that out and we got a couple of months to see what happens,” Head Coach Rick Todd said in an interview with The Highlander.
At the tournament, senior Tyler Moore was a bright spot for the Highlanders as Moore tied for 16th place, shooting a 75, 70 and 67 in the three rounds. The other Highlanders that competed in the tournament struggled. Junior Sam He placed 65th overall, shooting a 77, 74 and 73. Sophomores Eddy Yi and Matthew Huo each shot a total of 227. Freshman Jordan Sams and senior Taiga Iwasa also participated in the Bill Cullum Intercollegiate Tournament.
On Monday, Oct. 21, UC Riverside took a three day trip to Stockton to compete at the Stockton Intercollegiate Tournament. The tournament lasted until Wednesday, Oct. 23. The competing schools included Cal Baptist University, Seattle University, Pacific University, San Jose State and UC Irvine. Once again, the Highlanders struggled at the start of the tournament, scoring a 300 in the first round, 18 points higher than the University of San Diego, the first place team. During the second and third rounds, the Highlanders improved their game significantly, recording 291 both times.
Moore was once again the best player for the Highlanders. Moore finished tied for 15th place overall with Tony Gill of the University of Nevada, Los Vegas, Nicklaus Chiam of Washington State and Berk Harvey of Santa Clara. Moore finished with a score of 214 after shooting a 72, 72 and 70 in the three rounds.
Yi had a better outing at the Stockton Tournament as he tied for 50th place. Yi finished the tournament with a 221 score, seven points under his 227 score from the Bill Cullum tournament. Sam He scored a 225, Huo scored a 229 and Sams had a score of 230.