Sacramento, Calif. - Despite being just one of three teams to finish the day under par at the Sacramento State Invitational, the Tigers could not run down the host Hornets as Pacific settled for a second place finish in the 17-team tournament on Tuesday, March 10. Individually, senior Byron Meth suffered the same fate as the entire team as the fourth-year Tiger fell just short of the tournament title as he too finished in second place individually for his third top-five finish of the season.
"I am excited for how Byron started off this long week for us," said head coach Chris Hill. "The team built up some momentum heading into the Border Olympics in Houston as they will face a tough test in the oldest college tournament in the country. It was great to see the guys fight when they got down and when things weren't going as planned. We picked ourselves up after laster week and did a good job this week. The greens were firm and fast and we did a much better job of managing ourselves on the course. I am proud of the way the guys played and how it will transfer into the upcoming weekend's action."
For Byron, the tournament came down to the final hole of play as the senior had a chance to send the two-day event into a playoff needing a birdie. However, the shot was not there for the Tigers' ace as he fell just short, eventually bogeying the 54th and final hole of the event. Despite the slip on the 18th, Meth held on to the silver medal at the event at the Valley Hi Country Club as he completed his tournament at six-under after firing off his third-straight, -2, 70 of the invitational. Meth trailed only Sacramento State's Luke Kristo, who secured the championship with a birdie of his own on the par-5 18th, slipping by both Meth and his Hornet teammate, Robert Parden.
With Kristo and Parden leading the way, the Hornets came away with the tournament title in their home event as Sacramento State went 10-under for the tournament as a team after turning in an eight-under, 280, in the final round. For the Tigers, the team finished at +3 as they ended the day at two-under with a team score of 286.
Outside of Meth, fellow senior Drew Bender shook off a rough second round on the course to push his way into the tournament's top-10 as he matched Meth's final round score with his own -2, 70. For the tournament, Bender went three-over to finish in a tie for 10th overall.
The Tigers are back in action at the end of the week when they travel to Houston, Tex. to take part in the Border Olympics, hosted by the Houston Cougars. The tournament takes place over two days from Friday, March 13 to Saturday, March 14.
|2||Byron Meth (1)||70||70||70||210|
|T10||Drew Bender (4)||71||78||70||219|
|T16||Matt Lee (2)||72||76||72||220|
|T22||SeungJae Maeng (3)||70||75||77||222|
|T49||Geoff Fry (5)||77||77||74||228|
|T28||Anthony Madrid (IND)||76||76||72||224|
|T72||Jesper Kasanen (IND)||79||79||77||235|
|T72||James Feutz (IND)||76||78||81||235|