Meth Pushes The Tigers Into Second Place At The Sacramento State Invitational

Byron Meth - Photo by: Tongly Loth
Byron Meth - Photo by: Tongly Loth

Sacramento, Calif. - The Tigers finished the opening day at the Sacramento State Invitational in reach of their first tournament title of the 2015 calendar year as Pacific came into the clubhouse in second place on Monday, March. 9. Pacific finished the opening 36-holes at +5 as they trail the host Hornets by seven strokes heading into the final day of action.

Starting quick, the Tigers put themselves at the top of the leaderboard during the morning session as Pacific raced out to an early lead with a tournament best -5 in the opening round. Leading the charge for the Tigers were senior Byron Meth and sophomore SeungJae Maeng as the duo came up with a pair of -2, 70's to propel Pacific to the top. For Meth, the opening round saw the senior come up with five-birdies, but two late bogies kept the fourth-year senior from challenging for the best round of the opening 18 holes. For Maeng, the second-year Tiger came on strong late in his opening round, posting a three birdies on his back-nine including a birdie on 18 to put himself into a tie with Meth in third place.

With one round under their belts, the Tigers hit the course for round two, but could not find the same consistency that put them in the lead after 18 holes of action. Struggling with their game, the Tigers dropped 10 strokes in the afternoon, as they switched places with Sacramento State at the top of the leaderboard. The only Tiger to make it out of the fray unscathed in the afternoon was Meth as the senior matched his morning round to finish his day at four-under par. Meth will have his shot at his second individual title of the season on Tuesday as he trails the Hornets' Robert Parden by just two shots heading into the final 18.

The teams tee-off for round three beginning at 7:42 a.m from holes 1 and 10 at the Valley Hi Country Club.

2 Pacific 283 298 581
2 Byron Meth (1) 70 70 140
T6 SeungJae Maeng (3) 70 75 145
T17 Matt Lee (2) 72 76 148
T21 Drew Bender (4) 71 78 149
T57 Geoff Fry (5) 77 77 154
T45 Anthony Madrid (IND) 76 76 152
T57 James Feutz (IND) 76 78 154
T78 Jesper Kasanen (IND) 79 79 158