Stockton, Calif. - With wet weather looming on the second day of the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational, the Tigers slipped in the overall standings as they shot a six-over, 290, on Friday, Oct. 31. Pacific dropped into a tie for seventh overall at +3 for the tournament as the team must try to make up eight strokes on the final day to catch Denver, who ended the day at -5 after going six-under in round two.
"We did not do a good job of maintaining angles on the pins from the fairways causing us to play from tough positions on the greens," said head coach Chris Hill. "When the greens get this hard you have to do a better job putting yourself in position to make putts. We will be ready to go from hole one tomorrow and be ready to make a move on the final day."
On a day that saw the entire field play a manic style of golf that had scores all over the place, the Tigers put themselves in a hole early before straightening out to end the round. Playing the back-nine to start the day, the Tigers struggled to put up the scores they tallied the day before on the same holes as the team went five-over to open the round. Making the turn and heading for the front, the Tigers regrouped behind the play of senior Drew Bender as Pacific came in at just one-over par over the final nine holes.
Bender came back from a tough first day with Pacific's best round of the morning as the fourth-year Tiger came into the clubhouse at even-par. Bender began his round just as the rest of the Tigers did on the back-nine as he found himself two-over through nine with three bogies. Despite the start, Bender righted the ship immediately on the front side as he birdied the par-5, 2nd, while adding another birdie three holes later on the par-4, 5th. For Bender, the even round of 71, kept him inside the tournament's top-20, finishing the day in a tie for 20th overall at +1 over 36 holes.
Right behind Bender, fellow senior Byron Meth played a nearly flawless round until the final three holes as he posted a +1, 72 on day two of the invitational. Meth steadily went about his business to start the round, posting 10-straight pars before tallying a birdie and a bogie on holes 2 and 3, respectively. He would hold pat until a mistake on the par-4, 7th, placed the senior one-stroke over par for the round. He ended his first 36 holes in a tie for 10th overall at -2 as he trails the leader, Denver's Petter Mikalsen by three strokes heading into the final day. Mikalsen shot the tournament's best round to date with a -5, 66, on Friday morning.
The teams will tee-off the final 18 holes of the 2014 Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational at 8:30 am on Saturday, Nov. 1 from the 1st and 10th tees at the Stockton Golf and Country Club. Despite the rain hitting at the end of the second round, the final day's action appears to be clear of the storm.
|POS||TEAM/PLAYER (SEED)||ROUND 1||ROUND 2||ROUND 3||TOTAL|
|T7||281 -3||290 +6||-||571 +3|
|T10||Byron Meth (1)||-3 (F)||+1 (F)||-||140|
|T20||Drew Bender (5)||+1 (F)||E (F)||-||143|
|T29||Sj Maeng (3)||-1 (18)||+4 (F)||-||145|
|T41||Matt Lee (2)||E (F)||+5 (F)||-||147|
|T49||Colten Passey IND||+5 (F)||+3 (F)||-||150|
|T53||Anthony Madrid (4)||+8 (F)||+1 (F)||-||151|
|T53||Jesper Kasanen IND||+4 (F)||+5 (F)||-||151|