Golf Sits In Second After Day One At The PING Cougar Classic

Drew Bender - Photo by:
Drew Bender - Photo by:

Provo, Utah - After 36-holes at the PING Cougar Classic, the Tigers sit in a tie for second place at four-under, eight shots back of the leader. Shooting a two-round total of 572, the Tigers drew even with the host Cougars of BYU while both teams trail Colorado State which finished at 564, 12-under par.

Individually, the Tigers were led by their senior, Drew Bender, as the fourth-year Tiger put himself within striking distance of the top after shooting a three-under, 141. Bender slid into a tie for fourth on the leaderboard after firing a -3, 69 in the second round of the day using six birdies to counter three bogies. Bender's hot finish put him within three shots of the leader after day one as he and the field will attempt to chase down Southern Utah's Nic Booth who went six-under for the day.

Finishing the day just behind Bender was his fellow senior, Byron Meth, who completed the opening two rounds at two-under and in a seven-way tie for ninth on the leaderboard. Meth did his damage in the opening round when he shot a -2, 70 before finishing the day with an even-par, 72. Meth's eagle on the 557-yard, par-5, 13th, highlighted his second round of action, helping him post a -1 on the back-nine to counter a +1 front.

The Tigers will look to make a move for the tournament title on Saturday, April 25 when they play the final round of the classic with tee times starting at 8:00 CT. The Tigers start at 8:50 am from hole one alongside of Colorado State and BYU.

T2 Pacific 283 289 572
T4 Drew Bender (2) 72 69 141
T9 Byron Meth (1) 70 72 142
T17 SeungJae Maeng (4) 69 75 144
T24 Matt Lee (3) 72 73 145
T56 Anthony Madrid (5) 77 80 157