Late Stumble Costs Pacific As The Tigers Finish Second At The WCC Championships

Pacific Tigers men's golf coach Chris Hill and golfer Byron Meth during the WCC Golf Championships at Saticoy Country Club. COPYRIGHT:2015 West Coast Conference
Pacific Tigers men's golf coach Chris Hill and golfer Byron Meth during the WCC Golf Championships at Saticoy Country Club. COPYRIGHT:2015 West Coast Conference

Somis, Calif. - Holding the lead heading into the final day of play at the 2015 WCC Championships, the Tigers stumbled late as Pepperdine was able to run down Pacific for the conference title on Wednesday, April 15. With gusting winds and tough course conditions, the Tigers shot a final round 316 for a three-day total of 913 which came three shots short of Pepperdine.

"The guys played their hardest and left it all out there," said head coach Chris Hill. "Golf is just like that. Sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn't. That's the way it goes especially in challenging situations like it was today on such a difficult course in very difficult conditions. I am extremly proud of the guys. We have come a long way over the last year."

Individually, defending champion Byron Meth fell short of becoming just the second golfer in WCC history to win back-to-back titles at the championship event as the senior ace dropped four-strokes over the final three holes of play to finish in second place. Coming down the stretch at +1 for the day and for the tournament, Meth suffered through a bout of uncharacteristic wildness in the wind as he tallied a double-bogey to go along with a pair of bogies to finish the round. Dropping to +5 for the day, Meth saw Pepperdine's Cody McManus par out down the stretch to take the individual title by just one-stroke at +4 for the three day event. The final round 77 for Meth marked the first time all season the senior had shot over 75 in a single round as no golfer on the day was able to break par. McManus' +2, 74 proved to be the top score on the day as he was able to help lead the Waves to the tournament title.

Despite the rough finish to his tournament, Meth was still named the WCC's Golfer of the Year for his play throughout the 2014-15 season. Overall, Meth lead the Tigers to one tournament title and captured an individual title of his own to go along with six top-5 finishes. Counting the WCC Championships, Meth went -22 for the year in 11 tournaments as he posted an all-time program best 71.12 stroke average.

In addition to Meth's Golfer of the Year and First Team All-WCC selection, the Tigers put a second golfer on the post-season team as senior Drew Bender earned All-WCC honorable mention honors. Bender completed play at Saticoy Country Club with a top-10 finish as the senior tied for 10th with a final score of +13, 229. For the year, Bender took home six top-20 finishes, three top-10 finishes and a fourth place finish.

As a team, the Tigers are still scheduled to play in BYU's PING Cougar Classic at the end of the month where they will look to improve their regional ranking in hopes of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Regionals in May. The tournament is scheduled for April 23-25 at Riverside Country Club in Provo, Utah. 

2 Pacific 309 288 316 913
2 Byron Meth (1) 74 70 77 221
T10 Drew Bender (4) 78 71 80 229
T20 Matt Lee (5) 77 78 79 234
T22 SeungJae Maeng (3) 86 69 80 235
41 Geoff Fry (2) 80 84 82 246