Somis, Calif. - Opening up his title defense at the 2015 WCC Championships at Saticoy Country Club, defending conference champion Byron Meth put himself in contention after 18 holes of play as he sits tied for second at +2. Taking on a tough course, Meth shot a 74 to open the tournament, tied alongside of two other golfers in San Francisco's Jobim Carlos and BYU's Cole Ogden. The trio trail Loyola Marymount's Connor Campbell who shot an opening round 71 to take a three-shot lead into the clubhouse.
Just a few days removed from playing in the 2015 Masters, Meth came up with the Tigers' top round of the day as the senior ace notched one birdie while carding three bogies. Meth's two-over for the day was indicative of the tough conditions as just one golfer managed to break par on the first trip around the course at Saticoy.
Behind Meth for the day was junior Matt Lee as the second-year Tiger came in at five-over with a 77 to put his name in 16th place overall. Senior Drew Bender ended his day just behind Lee, one stroke back of the junior as Bender found himself in a tie for 17th and among the tournament's top 20 after the opening day of action.
As a team, Pacific ended the first day of play in a tie for third place on the leaderboard after posting a team total of 21-over par. Pacific is tied alongside of BYU after both teams shot 309 for the first 18 holes. The leader in the clubhouse after the opening day of play was San Francisco after the Dons shot +15 to take a four shot lead over San Diego which finished at 19-over par for the day.
The teams are back on the course for the second of three days of play at the Championships on Tuesday, April 14 beginning at 7:50 am.
|T2||Byron Meth (1)||74||74|
|16||Matt Lee (5)||77||77|
|T17||Drew Bender (4)||78||78|
|T27||Geoff Fry (2)||80||80|
|44||SeungJae Maeng (3)||86||86|