Long Beach, Calif. - Firing off a pair of rounds in the 60s on day one in Southern California, junior Geoff Fry put himself in position to make a run at the Del Walker Intercollegiate individual title during the final 18 holes of play. Fry muscled his way to contention and into the top-3 at the tournament after the first 36 holes of play with rounds of 69 and 68, putting the junior at -3 overall and within reach of the tournament's overall leader at the end of the day, Long Beach State's Michael Chen. Chen, the tournament runner-up a season ago, jumped to the top of the leaderboard in round two with a -6, 64, to go eight-under on the day and take a four-shot lead into Tuesday's final round.
For Fry, the junior jump-started both of his rounds on the day with a pair of birdies in the first three holes of action before steadily traversing the Virginia Country Club course en route to his red numbers. Overall, Fry finished the day with seven total birdies, balancing out four bogies while scoring 25 pars.
With Fry at the top, the Tigers settled in tied for fifth on the leaderboard as Pacific shot +18 for the day as a team. Opening the tournament, the Tigers got off to a slow start before rallying late to close the first round at 12-over as a team. They would chop that score in half for round two, finishing in the clubhouse at +6 in round two to put them in the middle of the pack at the 12-team tournament. Behind Fry, senior SeungJae Maeng played himself into the top-20 of the tournament heading into the final day as the fourth-year Tiger posted a +1, 143 to finish in a tie for 17th. Maeng matched Fry's 68 in round two to comeback from an opening round of 75.
The tournament's team lead was held by Cal Poly after the first 36-holes of play after the Mustangs went four-under for the day, two shots clear of the host 49ers who finished second for the day.
Pacific jumps back on the course on Tuesday, Mar. 1 alongside of Loyola Marymount and UC Santa Barbara who finished just in front of the Tigers on day one.