Stockton, Calif. - Starting slow but finishing strong, the Pacific golf team put itself in contention after day one of their annual Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational at the Stockton Golf and Country Club as the Tigers closed the round at three-under on Thursday, Oct. 30. The Tigers' 281 put them in a tie for second place and chasing Washington State as the Cougars capped the opening round at -9.
"We are right in contention and can make a move tomorrow," said coach Hill. "We were a little tentative to start the day which could be expected playing at home in front of your friends and family, but we settled in and got rolling late."
Facing a tough front-nine, the Tigers played just over par at +1 as they stayed within arms length of the top of the leaderboard. After making the turn, Pacific found its groove led by senior Byron Meth and sophomore SeungJae Maeng as the duo made good use of the scoring holes on the back of the course to push the Tigers up the standings.
For Meth, the back saw the fourth-year ace take back three-strokes as he came up with a pair of birdies and an eagle on the par-5, 16th, to balance out a lone mistake on 18. Meth's three strokes picked up on the back put the senior at -3 for the day and in a tie for third place overall. He and the field will look to track down the Cougars' Charlie Mroz who posted the day's top round at -5, 66, to place his name at the top of the leaderboard.
Making his own move over the final nine holes, Maeng flipped his front nine that saw him post three bogies and shoot one-over with a three birdie, -2, performance on the back of the course. Maeng's overall -1 was good enough to end the day tied for ninth overall.
Just behind the duo, junior Matt Lee continued his steady play in the fall season as the second-year Tiger posted an even-par, 71, in his first taste of the invitational. For the round, Lee balanced out three bogies with three birdies to help the Tigers' overall cause.
Pacific and the rest of the field will be back on the course on Friday, Oct. 31, as they play the second of three sets of 18 holes at the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational. The tee-times have been moved to 8:00 am due to pending rain in the forecast for Friday afternoon as the teams will once again split off between holes 1 and 10.
|POS||TEAM/PLAYER (SEED)||ROUND 1||ROUND 2||ROUND 3||TOTAL|
|T2||281 -3||-||-||281 -3|
|T3||Byron Meth (1)||-3 (F)||-||-||68|
|T9||Sj Maeng (3)||-1 (F)||-||-||70|
|T17||Matt Lee (2)||E (F)||-||-||71|
|T24||Drew Bender (5)||+1 (F)||-||-||72|
|T47||Jesper Kasanen IND||+4 (F)||-||-||75|
|T52||Colten Passey IND||+5 (F)||-||-||76|
|T61||Anthony Madrid (4)||+8 (F)||-||-||79|