Bender Pushes The Tigers Into Third On Day One Of The Border Olympics

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Loredo, Texas - Taking on a tough field at the Border Classic, the Tigers came out strong as they finished the opening day in third place overall at 10-under par. Pacific ran out to the lead in the opening round by going nine-under in the first 18 holes and posted a one-under in their second trip around the course. After 36 holes, the Tigers trail both Baylor and Houston as the two Texas teams went 12-under for the day.

Individually, the Tigers saw their newest player, sophomore Geoff Fry, lead the way in the opening round of play as the transfer shot his first round in the 60's as a Tiger when he carded a -4, 68 over the first 18-holes of action. In the round, Fry only had one blemish with a bogey on 10 after recording five birdies over his first nine holes. Overall, Fry finished the day at -1 and in a tie for 21st individually.

After the big start to the day by their sophomore, the seniors took over for the Tigers with Drew Bender taking charge. The model of consistency, Bender came up with a pair of two-under, 70s, to lead the Tigers' attack. At four-under par, Bender put himself in position to take the individual title as he came into the clubhouse in a tie for sixth place as the field chases Houston's Matt Scobie. Scobie, who is playing the tournament unattached, completed a masterful day on the course at nine-under par after firing a -8, 64 to open the tournament.

Behind Bender, senior Byron Meth had an up-and-down round, but still finished at three-under for the first day of play. Just like Bender, Meth went two-under to open the tournament and followed with a one-under, 71, in round two.

The Tigers will have a chance to track down the title in the final day of action at the Laredo Country Club on Saturday, March 14. Pacific tees off at 8:00 am alongside of Houston, Baylor, and Sam Houston State.

3 Pacific 279 287 566
T6 Drew Bender (3) 70 70 140
T9 Byron Meth (1) 70 71 141
T21 Matt Lee (2) 71 72 143
T21 Geoff Fry (5) 68 75 143
T68 SeungJae Maeng (4) 75 74 149