Darkness Ends Day One Early At The Barona Collegiate Cup

Drew Bender - Photo by: Tongly Loth
Drew Bender - Photo by: Tongly Loth

Lakeside, Calif. - After the day got off to a late start due to fog there was not enough time on Monday afternoon to finish the second round of the Barona Collegiate Cup as the tournament's opening day was called early due to darkness. Pacific's golf team sat in a tie for eighth place overall when the day was cut short as the Tigers' still had three players on the course with two holes to play. The Tigers and the rest of the field will finish the second round of action on Tuesday before beginning the final 18 holes of the tournament.

Overall, the Tigers struggled to find their consistency at the Barona Creek Golf Course as Pacific sat at nine-over par as a team through nearly two rounds of action. Early on, the Tigers found themselves hovering around even-par after posting a +2 in the first round of action, but a +7 on the day's second go-around pushed Pacific into the middle of the pack. San Diego led the tournament at the completion of the day as they sat at -15, two strokes ahead of the host Aztecs from San Diego State.

Individually, senior Drew Bender sat in the best position for Pacific as the second round drew near a close as the fourth-year Tigers is even for his tournament. In the opening round, Bender went one-under at 71 to put himself inside the tournament's top-20. He remained in the top-20 at the end of day one despite sitting at +1 in his second round through 17 holes of play.

Fellow senior Byron Meth shook off his worst round of the season in the opening round to go two-under in round two through 16 holes. Meth found himself in trouble early in the day as he posted a +3, 75 in round one, but a string of birdies, and an early eagle reset his game as he climbed to 23rd in the standings.

Overall, the leader in the clubhouse are a pair of San Diego State players as Nahum Mendoza III and Xander Schauffele each sat at -8 for the tournament. Schauffele was able to finish 16 holes in his second round, a round that saw the senior tear up the course at seven-under for his round.

The teams are back on the course at 7:30 am as they look to finish off the second round and begin play in the final round of action at the tournament.

T8 Pacific 290 +7 +9
T20 Drew Bender (3) 71 +1 (17) E
T23 Byron Meth (1) 75 -2 (16) +1
T40 Matt Lee (2) 70 +6 (17) +4
T44 Anthony Madrid (4) 74 +3 (18) +5
T64 Geoff Fry (5) 76 +5 (18) +9
T72 SeungJae Maeng (IND) 75 81 +13