Danville, Calif. - With 18 holes in the books at the 2016 WCC Championships, senior SeungJae Maeng has put himself in contention for a title run over the final two days of play after shooting a -3, 69 on Monday at Blackhawk Country Club. The senior played his way into the top-5 individually and just five shots off the lead as he and the rest of the field will attempt to chase down Jonathan De Los Reyes of Saint Mary's. The Gael ace paced the opening day of the tournament with a -8, 64, to take a three-shot lead into Tuesday's play.
For Maeng, the senior posted a nearly flawless opening round in his final WCC Championships as he carded four birdies to just one late bogey. The 69 proved to be the third-time on the season the fourth-year golfer broke into the 60s for a round as he led the way for the Tigers on the day. Just behind Maeng, junior Geoff Fry threw his hat into the ring of contention early as well as Fry came up with a round of 70 to sit at -2 for the day and inside of the tournament's top-10. Fry matched Maeng for the team lead with four birdies in the round, but a bump on a pair of par-3s on hole 7 and 10 cost the junior a stroke off of the senior's pace.
Overall, the Tigers went four-over for the round to shoot a team score of 292 which put Pacific into a tie for sixth place alongside of BYU. The tournament leader after just one round was Saint Mary's who shot 15-under to take a commanding lead into the second day of play. The Gaels hold a 13-shot advantage over second place Santa Clara which started the day at eight-under par through six holes before falling back the rest of the day.
Pacific tees off round two at 7:50 am from hole 10 alongside of Gonzaga and Loyola Marymount.