Long Beach, Calif. - Firing off an even-par, 280 in the final round of action at the Del Walker Intercollegiate, the Pacific golf team came away with a fourth place finish in Southern California after 56-holes of action. The Tigers' fourth place standing equalled their best finish of the season after finishing fourth in their home tournament to end the fall half of the season.
The Tigers were led in the tournament by their junior, Geoff Fry, who came away with his top showing since arriving on campus last season. Fry ended the two-day event with his first top-5 finish after tying for fifth overall at -1. The junior shook off a rough start to his final round to come away with a +2, 72 on Tuesday afternoon after posting a pair of rounds in the 60's on day one.
With Fry playing steady it was freshman Tyler Burnes who came up with the top round of the day and the tournament for the Tigers as the first year golfer fired off a -3, 67. For Burnes, the round was the best 18 holes of his young collegiate career, pushing him into the middle of the standings. Overall, Burnes finished tied for 49th at 13-over.
In addition to Fry, the Tigers saw their senior, Seungjae Maeng, come up with a top-20 finish after tying for 17th overall in the standings. Maeng would end his final round at even-par and his tournament at +3.
Overall, Cal Poly took home the tournament title as a team after the Mustangs held off Long Beach State down the stretch to close out a -2 showing for the three rounds. Individually, Long Beach State's Michael Chen pulled away from the field in the final day, ending his tournament at -9 overall and six shots clear of the field.
The Tigers will take two days off before heading to Scottsdale, Ariz. for the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate. The two-day event is scheduled for Mar. 5-6 at the Desert Mountain Outlaw Course.