Tigers in 11th in Colorado

Austin Fox. Photo by Christine Jacobsen
Austin Fox. Photo by Christine Jacobsen

Pacific men's golf is in 11th following the opening two rounds of the Mark Simpson Colorado Invite in Erie, Colorado.

The Tigers fought the course, the field and tough playing conditions as thunderstorms rolled into the Boulder, Colorado area on Monday afternoon. For stretches of the opening rounds, golfers had to fight wind gusts as high as 30 mph. Tournament hosts Colorado lead at eight-under-par as a team. The Tigers are 30-strokes over par and are just two strokes out of the top-10.

Pacific's junior, Austin Fox, led the way in Monday's opening rounds thanks to shooting a two-under-par 70 on the opening 18 holes. Fox rallied down the stretch after scoring at even par in the first nine, but birdies on 12 and 15 and no bogeys helped Fox to two-under in the first round. The second round was less friendly to Fox. He shot a 79 and fell to a tie for 31st. Fox is tied for third in par five scoring averaging at 4.75 strokes per par five. He was two under on the course's par fives.

Junior Casey Scott is also tied for 31st. Scott entered the tournament as the Tiger's number one. He shot a 74 in the first round and a 75 in the second. He is tied for third in par three scoring averaging at 3.13 strokes per par three.

Scott and Fox are 10 strokes behind Utah's Kyler Dunkle and Colorado's Daniel O'Loughlin and Trevor Olkowski, the tournament's leaders at 5-under-par.

Senior Jee Horsangchai is tied for 54th at five-strokes over par. He birdied two of his last four holes in the opening round to climb up the leaderboard. Horsangchai and Fox were both tied for seventh in par four scoring.

The Mark Watson Colorado Invite continues tomorrow with the final round. Live results will be available on Golfstat.com.