|Hometown:||San Diego, Calif.|
|High School:||Rancho Bernardo HS|
Making his claim for the top spot among the Tigers', Eric showed off resolve at the Big West Championships when he outlasted the field and a pair of playoff challengers to win his first conference individual title. Sugimoto garnered his first career all-conference award after taking home the 2013 Big West Individual Title. Leading the Tigers to the team title as well, Sugimoto won his first career tournament on the biggest stage as he outlasted a pair of competitors in two playoff holes to win the tournament. Sugimoto became just the fourth Tiger in program history to win the individual title and the second in as many years. For the year, Sugimoto posted a 72.39 stroke average, third-best in the conference behind Edfort and UC Davis' Tyler Raber. On the course, Sugimoto took home three top-five finishes as he added a second place finish at the Del Walker Intercollegiate as well as a fourth place finish at the Farms Collegiate Invitational to his Big West championship. Over the summer months, Eric made his mark on the amateur ranks and the prestigious Public Links Championships where he took the No. 3 seed into match play before bowing out in the quaterfinal rounds.
Eric proved to be the Tigers' most consistent freshman in 2011-12 as the first-year player qualified for all 11 tournaments played by Pacific throughout the year. Sugimoto picked up one top-10 finish and three top-20 finishes during the season with his top finish coming at Bandon Dunes (Mar. 16-18). In Oregon, Sugimoto took home a 7th place finish as the freshman shot a 215, +2. His best scoring finish came at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational where he finished even-par at 213. During play at the Alister MacKenzie, Eric shot his best individual round of the season as he tallied a 69 during second round play.
Sugimoto came to Pacific after a four-year career at Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego, Calif. where he was a named a three-time All-CIF and First Team All-Palomar League golfer. Under Sugimoto's leadership, Rancho Bernardo took home the Palomar League Championship in 2010 during his junior season of action. In addition to his play on the high school links, Sugimoto finished second in the 15-18 Boy's Division at the 2010 FCG World Championships in which 268 players from 15 states and eight countries participated.
Eric Sugimoto is the son of Rie and Masao Sugimoto. He has two younger siblings, Steve and Christina. Eric is a business in his third year at Pacific.