Stockton, Calif. - Moving day at the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational saw the Tigers keep themselves in contention for the team title in Stockton while a handful of individual Tigers positioned themselves to make a run at medalist honors. After a rough and windy opening day on Thursday, conditions at Stockton Golf and Country Club could not have been better for the second day of play at the invitational on Friday as the Tigers sat pat in third place overall after posting a +1, 285 end 36 holes at 16-over par.
The Tigers entered the day tied with Sacramento State, but saw the Hornets come up with the best round of the tournament as the team from just up Interstate-5 pushed themselves into the tournament lead with a -11, 271. The run to the lead was bolstered by Taylor Knoll as the freshman carded a eight-under, 63 to climb back into contention at an opening round 78 on Thursday.
Individually, the Tigers made their own moves into contention led by their senior SeungJae Maeng who came up with a -1, 70 to finish the day in a tie for 10th and five strokes back of the leaders. Remarkably for Maeng, the senior will look to chase down his classmate and teammate, Matt Lee, as the Tiger senior sits atop the leaderboard at three-under for the tournament. Lee, playing unattached from his teammates as one of eight individuals in the tournament, posted a -2, 69 on day three to go with his opening round of 70.
Lee finds himself in a tie with Sacramento State's Landon Azevedo who pushed his way to the top of the standings with a -4, 67 on Friday afternoon. Just like Lee, Azevedo finds himself unattached from the Hornets five-man team after missing the cut in qualifying prior to the start of the tournament.
The Tigers will attempt to rally against the Hornets on Saturday, Oct. 31 when the invitational begins its final 18 holes of action at the Stockton Golf and Country Club. While the day begins at 8:30 am, the Tigers will tee off beginning at 9:20 with Lee heading off of the first tee in front of Pacific's five-man team.