Maeng's 69 And Bender's Third Place Finish Help The Tigers To The Silver In Provo

SeungJae Maeng - COPYRIGHT:2015 West Coast Conference
SeungJae Maeng - COPYRIGHT:2015 West Coast Conference

Provo, Utah - Wrapping up the 2014-15 regular season, the Pacific golf team took a step towards an at-large bid to the NCAA Regionals as the Tigers finished second at the PING Cougar Classic in Provo. Overall, Pacific finished the tournament as one of three teams under-par after shooting a three-under, 861 for the two-day tournament. The Tigers beat the host Cougars of BYU by a shot, but came up short trying of Colorado State as the Rams secured the tournament victory with a three-round total of 853.

"We went to Utah looking to have a good week and that is exactly what we did," said head coach Chris Hill. "Our veterans really stepped up when we needed some great individual performances. I am very proud of all of the guys, especially SJ and the way he came through today. Now we have to just wait and see if we earned a bid to the regionals."

Individually, senior Drew Bender came up with the top showing for Pacific as the fourth-year Tiger put the finishing touches on his fine career with a third-place finish at Riverside Country Club. The finish for Bender marked his best showing of the season as he just missed out on a share of the individual title by one shot after going four-under for the classic. Utah State's Seokwon Jeon and BYU's Jordan Rodgers tied at -5 after 54-holes forcing a playoff in which Rodgers took the overall win from Jeon.

The Tigers' best showing of the day came from SeungJae Maeng as the junior matched his opening round score with a second -3, 69 in round three. With his three-under, Maeng pushed his way up the leaderboard and into the top-10 as the junior tied for eighth overall at -3 for the tournament. Senior Byron Meth finished right behind Maeng at two-under after carding an even-par, 72, on the final day of play to complete the classic in a tied for 10th.

"This was a good season for us and we had a great spring," stated Hill. "The guys put their best foot forward and that is really all you can ask. I could not be happier for Drew and Byron as they call their Pacific careers to a close in the regular season. They both have been everything you can ask for out of a true Tiger." 

Pacific will now sit back and wait to see if its resume is worthy of an NCAA Regional bid while senior Byron Meth's regional ranking likely earned him a spot as an individual if the Tigers do not make it as a team.

2 Pacific 283 289 289 861
T3 Drew Bender (2) 72 69 71 212
T8 SeungJae Maeng (4) 69 75 69 213
T10 Byron Meth (1) 70 72 72 214
T41 Matt Lee (3) 72 73 78 223
T58 Anthony Madrid (5) 77 80 77 234