LONG BEACH, Calif. - In the first day of the Del Walker Invitational, the Pacific Tigers finished in sixth overall, shooting a +7 as a team in round one and +8 through the first 15 holes of round two before darkness forced the rest of the round to be completed tomorrow. Cal Poly held the tournament lead at +1 as a team.
Tyler Burnes had his best round of the season by far in the first 18, shooting a -2 at 68 to finish in second in the player leaderboard. Only Cal Poly's Justin De Los Santos had a better score today than Burnes.
Burnes hit at least par on 17 of 18 holes, only once going over par. He had four birdies, including two in a row on holes 14 and 15. It was Pacific's sixth round under par of the year.
Burnes then shot a +3 through 16 holes of round two to fall to tenth in the player standings. He had three birdies through those 16 holes.
Geoff Fry, Daniel Peña, and Anthony Madrid all finished tied for 28th after round one with a 73, sitting at +3 after 18 holes. Fry had five birdies on the day but a double-bogey on three hurt his overall score. The senior has now hit 75 or lower on 11 of his 16 rounds this year.
Peña and Madrid each had three birdies in round one. Peña went under par on nine, ten, and 12, while Madrid had birdies on eight, 13, and 14. Peña has yet to put up a score over 75 this season, with a best round of 71. Madrid has had nine of his 13 rounds come in under 75.
Peña would push up to 15th in the standings with a -1 through 15 holes of round two, putting him second on the Tigers behind Burnes. Peña birdied on his first hole of the round and picked up another birdie on hole 16.
Fry shot a +1 through 15 holes in round two and moved up to 23rd in the player standings. Fry had three birdies and shot par or better on eight of nine holes on the back nine.
Madrid would shoot a +11 through 16 holes in round two.
Casey Scott was Pacific's final golfer, ending the day with a 76. Scott birdied to start the day on one and finished the front nine at +1 but was hurt by a double-bogey on 13. He followed up that round with a +5 through 15 holes of round two, ending the suspended round tied for 61st in the standings.
The Del Walker wraps up tomorrow with the conclusion of round two, followed by one more round of 18 holes.
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