Strong Finish Pushes Pacific To Third In Utah

Strong Finish Pushes Pacific To Third In Utah

Park City, Utah - Coming in with their best round of the tournament at the OGIO Utah Invitational, the Tigers closed their stay in Park City in third place on Tuesday, Oct. 7. Pacific came up with a one-under showing in the final round of play to finish at +19 for the tournament. WCC rival Santa Clara ended up running away with the tournament's title as the Broncos went seven-under in round three and finished at even par for the three round event.

After a tough opening day that saw the majority of the field struggle with the cool mountain course at par 71, Jeremy Golf and Country Club course, the Tigers came back with a strong showing in the final round to propel themselves up the leaderboard and into third place overall. Firing off a one-under, the Tigers were able to adjust their games to the course unlike many of their competitors. The only teams on day two to go under par were the Tigers and the Broncos while the majority of the field remained well over par to fall off the pace.

Individually, junior Matt Lee came up with his best round of the tournament in the final 18 holes of action as he fired off a two-under, 69, to close the tournament at +2 and in a tie for 11th place. Lee moved up 11 spots on the final day to post his third-straight top-20 finish to begin the year. In addition to Lee's 69, the Tigers were bolstered by the showings of sophomore SeungJae Maeng and senior Drew Bender as the duo came in at 70 and 71, respectively. With well put together first days, the duo were able to hang near the top of the leaderboard throughout the day as they finished tied alongside of Lee with identical 215's.

Overall, the tournament title went to Seattle's Joe Harvie and Southern Utah's Nic Booth who each posted three-under, 210, to pace the field.

The Tigers will return home for the only time in 2014-15 from Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 when they host their annual SCVB Stockton Invitational at Stockton Golf and Country Club. The tournament marks the end of Pacific's fall season as the team will then go on hiatus until resuming play at the end of January.

3 Pacific 363 367 354 +19, 1084
T11 Matt Lee (2) 71 75 69 +2, 215
T11 SeungJae Maeng (3) 73 72 70 +2, 215
T11 Drew Bender (5) 71 73 71 +2, 215
T21 Byron Meth (1) 74 73 71 +5, 218
T33 Anthony Madrid (4) 74 74 73 +8, 221
73 Colten Passey (6) 74 80 80 +21, 234