Stockton, Calif. - Despite having the excitement for their own finish taken away early in the day, the Pacific golf team hosted one of the most exciting finishes of the 2011 golf season at the Stockton Convention & Visitors Bureau Pacific Invitational sponsored by Ron Berberian on Wednesday, November 2.
Tied at -5 heading into the final hole, Nevada's Kevin Lucas and Oregon State's Alex Moore hit the final green on the par-5 18th with birdie putts to decide the championship. In addition the two saw their team's locked in a battle at the top of the leaderboard with Moore's Beavers leading the Wolf Pack by a single stroke. With the pressure on his shoulders, Lucas sunk his birdie putt while watching Moore narrowly miss his to take home the individual championship and force a one-hole playoff of the two teams. For Lucas, the senior took the individual title with a three-day score of 207, -6, one stroke ahead of Moore who finished at -5.
Forced to play an extra hole, the entire Wolf Pack and Beaver squads hit the course on hole-18 with the best team score (four counting scores out of the five golfers) taking home the championship. After narrowly missing out on the individual title, Moore and the Beavers quickly dispatched the Wolf Pack with four birdies on what would-be the 19th hole of the day, outscoring Nevada which managed two birdies on the playoff hole. Wth the win, Oregon State became the sixth winner in as many years at the invitational, winning with a final team score of 855, +3.
With the excitment of the finish for Oregon State and Nevada it was had to notice the excellent tournament put together by junior Alex Edfort. For the Tigers' third-year player, Edfort posted his first top-3 finish of the season as a strong finish to his final round pushed the New Jersey native to -3 for his three-day total and into a tie for third. Edfort put himself in contention for the tournament title with three birdies in his final four holes and four birdies on the back-nine of his final round. On day three, Edfort tallied a -2, 69 to bookend his tournament with a pair of rounds in the 60s.
With Edfort leading the way, the Tigers finished their tournament in fifth place overall as the young Pacific squad shot a +20, 872 over the three-day event. In addition to Edfort's top-3 finish, freshman Eric Sugimoto took home his first top-20 finish after finishing in a tie for 18th with a +4, 217 by posting an even-par, 71 in the final round of action.
The conclusion of the 2011 Pacific Invitational also marked the conclusion of the Tigers' fall season as Pacific will be off until late February when the team picks back up their clubs to take part in the USC Intercollegiate from Feb. 27-28.