Tough Finish Drops Pacific On Day One At The Bandon Dunes Championship

Eric Sugimoto - Photo by: Vikki Sky
Eric Sugimoto - Photo by: Vikki Sky

Bandon, Ore. - Facing tough weather conditions early and a tough course late, the Pacific golf team finished the opening day of the Bandon Dunes Championship in a tie for 10th place on Friday, March 16.  The Tigers completed their first 18 holes of action at +14 over par and sit 14 strokes back of No. 3 ranked Washington, who holds the first day lead.

Led by their freshman Eric Sugimoto, the Tigers started strong at the par 71, 6,743 yard Bandon Trails Course at the Bandon Dunes Country Club.  With wet conditions early, the Tigers held tough for most of the day until tough playing conditions got the best of the Tigers late.  Despite the conditions, Sugimoto proved to be at his best throughout the day as the young Tiger carded a -1, 70 through the first day to put himself in contention and into a tie for third place.  Sugimoto trails the lead by just two strokes heading into the second day as just six individuals managed to score in the red during the first day.  Overall, Oregon's John Woo, who is completing unattached from the Ducks team as an individual holds the 18-hole lead at -3.

The Tigers tee off round two of the championship at apporimately 8:30 am, weather permitting on the course.

  R1 R2 R3 Total
T10 Pacific 298     +14, 298
T3 Eric Sugimoto 70     -1, 70
T35 Dan Garcia 75     +4, 75
T48 Byron Meth 76     +5, 76
T61 Alex Edfort 77     +6, 77
T66 Drew Bender 79     +8, 79