Fairfax, Calif. - Surging late in round one and continuing the momentum into round two the Pacific golf team completed first day action at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational at -5 and in 10th place on Monday, October 17. The Tigers posted a +1 in round one but recovered with a -6, 278 in round two to climb up the leaderboard. Pacific and the rest of the field will chase Oregon on the final day of action after the Ducks completed the first 36 holes at -30, two strokes ahead of host Cal.
Individually, the Tigers saw a stellar showing out of their junior Alex Edfort who entered the clubhouse at -6 after outdoing his round one score of -2, 69 with an impressive -4, 67 in round two. Edfort's two round total puts him into a tie for 13th overall on the leaderboard as he looks for his first top-10 finish of the season. He trails the leader, Oregon's Eugene Wong, by eight strokes after Wong went -14 for the day to take a four shot lead into the tournament's final round.
Behind Edfort, Pacific's youngest players showed off their skills as Byron Meth and Eric Sugimoto each finished first day play at even par. Meth posted a one-under, 70 in round one play to pick up his first under-par round of his young career while Sugimoto picked up his first round in the 60's with a -2, 69 in round two to post the second best round of the day for the Tigers.
Pacific will look to continue its climb up the leaderboard on Tuesday, October 18, when the Tigers tee off for the final 18 holes of the Alister MacKenzie Invitational at 8:30 am. For live updates on the tournament and its participants, the 2011 invitational can be followed at GolfStatResults.com.
|T38||Eric Sugimoto||73||69||142, E|
|T62||Drew Bender||73||73||146, +4|