La Quinta, Calif. - Knocking on the door throughout his three seasons at Pacific, junior Alex Edfort finally put it all together at the most opportune time as the Somerset, N.J. native won the 2012 Individual Big West title on Tuesday, May 1. The win for Edfort was his first tournament title and the first individual Big West championship for the Tigers since Jason Preeo won the tournament in 1998. The Tigers have taken home three individual titles throughout their history with Edfort etching his name among the elite of the Big West by joining Preeo and Florian Bruhns (1997) as tournament winners.
"I am so excited to have won this event," said Edfort. "I have worked extremely hard, especially this semester, to improve my game and this is culmination of all that work. This is also exciting for me to get my first collegiate win here at the Big West Championship tournament."
With the victory, Edfort earns a spot in the NCAA tournament as an individual as he makes his way to the postseason for the second consecutive season. The Tigers earned a berth into the NCAA Regionals in 2010-11 as a team. Edfort becomes the first Tiger to earn an individual berth into the tournament since Thomas Petersson earned a spot in the 2007 tournament.
As he had done throughout his three-day tournament, Edfort kept his foot on the gas throughout the day and never allowed his competition back into the event as he took home the title by an impressive five stroke margin. For the tournament, Edfort shot his best ever tournament score, firing off a -13 with his best 18 coming in the final round to shoot a -5, 67 when the pressure was at its highest.
Taking momentum from an eagle on his final hole of day two, Edfort came out scorching on day three as he carded a -4 through the first nine holes of action including tallying a second eagle with a three on the par-5, 4th. From there, Edfort never looked back as the junior entered his first bogey-free round of the tournament to take down the field of 45. Edfort's next closest competitor came from Cal State Fullerton as Mark Anguiano ended his three-day tournament at -8 after posting a -1, 71 on the final day of play at the PGA West Mountain Course.
For the day, the Tigers completed their 2012 Big West Championship in fourth place as Pacific went four-over for the day to slip out of medal position. The Tigers had entered the day in second place and one stroke off the pace set by UC Davis, but a rough outing on day three dropped Pacific behind Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton as well. UC Davis took home the team title as they held off a charge by the 49ers on the final day to finish at -6 for the tournament, one stroke better than second place Long Beach State and five strokes better than the Tigers.
|1st||Alex Edfort||68||68||67||-13, 203|
|25||Dan Garcia||75||74||73||+6, 222|
|T26||Eric Sugimoto||72||71||80||+7, 223|
|T26||Byron Meth||69||78||76||+7, 223|
|T31||Drew Bender||73||76||76||+9, 225|