Westlake Village, Calif. - Despite treacherous conditions with winds reaching 30 mph, the Pacific golf team held strong as the Tigers entered the clubhouse on day one of the North Ranch Intercollegiate in fifth place overall on Monday, February 27. Taking on the 14 team field, the Tigers finished the opening two rounds of action at 599, +39, two strokes back of the host Waves of Pepperdine and 26 strokes back of the leading Aztec of San Diego State.
Fighting high winds and wet conditions throughout the day at the par-70, 6,728-yard North Ranch Country Club course, the Tigers battled the course and the conditions to find themselves securely in the top half of the 14 team field. Individually, junior Alex Edfort paced the Tigers with a two-round score of +6, placing himself into a tie for No. 9 on the leaderboard with a chance to make a last day run at the individual title. Edfort put himself in great position after the opening round of action with a -1, 69 to tie for fourth after 18 holes, but a rough second round dropped the junior eight strokes off the pace which was set by a pair of Aztec golfers in Matt Hoffenberg and Alex Kang.
Just behind the junior in the clubhouse was freshman Eric Sugimoto who completed his opening day at +7 after leading the Tigers on the course in round two. Sugimoto was one of three Tiger golfers to post a +5, 75 in round two of the tournament as he joined freshman Byron Meth and senior Dan Garcia at the top of Pacific's scorecard.
The Tigers will look to make a move up the leaderboard on Tuesday, February 28 when they play the final 18 holes of the North Ranch Intercollegiate. For live converage at the North Ranch Intercollegiate, go towww.GolfStatResults.com.