San Diego State dominant in Barona victory
San Diego State cruised to a 22-stroke victory Friday at the Barona Collegiate Cup.
The Aztecs, No. 37 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, posted 8-under 1,072 at the three-round tournament featuring a play-six-count-five format at Barona Creek Golf Club in Lakeside, Calif. UC-Irvine finished second, at 14-over 1094, and No. 9 Oregon was third at 1,097.
UC-Irvine senior John Chin, Golfweek’s 39th-ranked player, carded a 4-under 68 in the final round to win the individual title by three strokes over San Diego State’s Johan Carlsson. Chin finished at 12-under 204 to earn the second title of his career, and his first since the 2008 Big West Conference tournament.
Chin, the reigning Big West Conference player of the year, shot a sizzling 65 in Round 1 and won wire-to-wire. Carlsson (70) finished at 9-under 207, one stroke ahead of Nevada’s Ryan Hallisey (68) and two ahead of UC-Santa Barbara’s Glen Scher (72).
San Diego State shot 8 under over its first 36 holes, and its even-par 360 in Round 3 was still tied for the low round of the day. It was the Aztecs’ second victory of the season, after claiming the Turtle Bay Resort Collegiate Invitational in November. They entered the Barona Collegiate Cup with two top-10 finishes in three spring starts, but were coming off a disappointing 14th-place showing at the USC Invitational earlier this month.