Simi Valley, Calif. - On the first day of the Bill Cullum Invitational, the Tigers finished in 13th place after a strong second round that saw them shoot +3 as a team. Pacific's second round score was aided by James Feutz's 69, tied for the best score of any Tiger this season at -3. That -3 ties Geoff Fry's mark when he shot a 68 on the par-71 course at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate.
The Tigers shot +13 as a team on the par-72 course for the first 18. Feutz and Mateo Leon led the way as each shot 74s in the first round, which was good for the top 30 overall.
Feutz was at -1 through 11 holes thanks to two birdies but ended the round two over par. Feutz had three birdies in the round. Leon also had three birdies as the pair each went under par on holes two and 15. The +2 was Leon's best showing of the year in his fourth round of golf.
In the second round, Feutz came to life, shooting three under on the 18. Feutz had three birdies in the first six holes and added another on 18. He only went over par once on the 18 holes, bogeying on 17. He ended the day in the individual top 20 in the tourney.
Leon's second round featured four birdies as well but a triple-bogey dragged down his overall score. Leon ended the second 18 with a 76.
Anthony Madrid shot a +4 at 76 in round one. Madrid was at +3 through 15 but double-bogeyed on 16. A birdie on 18 pushed Madrid's score back down to +4. He recovered well in the second round with a 73, just one over par. Madrid had four birdies in that round.
Austin Fox, fresh off Pacific's top finish in the Nick Watney Invitational, shot a 78 highlighted by two birdies and Pacific's first eagle of the year. Fox finished the par-five 18th hole in just three strokes for the strongest hole of Pacific's day.
Fox built on that first round showing by matching Madrid's 73 in the second round. The freshman birdied on two, ten, 14, and 18 for his best round of the year.
Fry rounded out Pacific's day with a 77 and a 76 in the two rounds. Two double-bogeys hurt his overall score as he recorded one in each round. Fry ended strong, however, as he birdied his final two holes of the day to finish at +4.
Day two of the Bill Cullum Invitational will take place tomorrow with 18 holes on tap for the Tigers. After the Bill Cullum ends, the Tigers will next play the host for the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational starting on October 27.
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