Cal, Limbhasut sweep MacKenzie Invitational

K.K. Limbhasut of California captured the individual title and led the Golden Bears to the team championship in the Alister MacKenzie Invitational at the Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif.

Limbhasut, a junior from Loma Linda, claimed his third victory with the host Golden Bears by carding a score of 64-65-69—198, 15-under-par, while Kevin Velo of San Jose State totaled 65-65-69—199 to tie for second with Sebastian Crampton of Cal, who wound up at 66-69-64—199.

“It was a special week for everyone,” said Limbhasut, who also took the title in 2015. “It has been a long time since we won as a team and great to do especially for (Coach) Walter Chun and our assistant coach, Eric Mina.

“To do it in dominating fashion at our home event in front of our fans was even better. The guys fought hard this week. This team has so much potential and this is a great way to show others how good we can be.”

Hayden Shieh of Santa Clara was fourth at 67-65-68—200, followed by PJ Samiere of San Diego State at 66-66-69—201 and Spencer Tibbits of Oregon State at 68-68-66—202.

Sahith Theegala of Pepperdine shot 68-68-67—203 to tie for seventh with Paul Chaplet of Arizona State, who wound up 65-68-70—203, while Collin Morikawa of Cal was ninth at 69-67-68—204, and Grant Booth of Nevada Reno totaled 64-70-72—206 to tie for 10th with Peter Jones of Minnesota, who came in at 67-69-70—206.

Blake Hathcoat led St. Mary’s in a tie for 14th at 65-70-73—208, Justin Avery of Fresno State tied for 21st at 71-69-70—210 while Tim Widing of San Francisco finished at 71-70-73—214 and finished in a tie for 33rd that included his Dons’ teammates Henry Chung, who totaled 73-71-70—214, and Soren Lind, who came in at 69-70-75—214.

Tyler Gulliksen led University of San Diego in a tie for 46th at 73-69-74—216.

Rounding out the scoring for team champion Cal were Ben Doyle in a tie for 25th at 68-72-71—211, Finigan Tilly in a tie for 41st at 70-73-72—215, Kaiwen Liu shot 75-71-72—218 to finish in a tie for 53rd that included Golden Bears’ teammate Robin Wang, who came in at 73-76-69—218.

Cal finished at 267-272-272—811, 41-under, to win for the first time since the 2015 Alister MacKenzie Invitational, followed by Santa Clara at 274-274-280—828, Arizona State at 269-281-282—832 and San Diego State at 273-273-287—833.

The host Golden Bears claimed the title seven straight times before Arizona State took the title last year.

“It’s surreal to get my first win as a head coach at our home event and have K.K, win individually,” Chun said. “It’s such a team effort. The players are the ones that deserve the attention. They validated that we are on the right track as a team. I hope we can continue improving, but today we will relish in our accomplishments.”

Nevada Reno totaled 271-280-284—835 to tie for fifth with Pepperdine, which finished at 282-275-278—835, while Oregon State was seventh at 280-285-272—837, followed by St. Mary’s at 275-280-283—838, Fresno State at 282-283-279—844 and San Jose State at 284-281-287—852.

San Francisco was 13th at 280-283-294—857, followed by University of San Diego at 293-287-288—868.

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