STOCKTON, Calif. - The men's golf team tied for ninth place in day one of their home tournament, the Visit Stockton Pacific Invite, on Thursday. Tigers finished the first round shooting an even par for the day. Austin Fox and Casey Scott led the team both shooting one under (-1) for the Tigers.
All teams will pick back up tomorrow morning for day two of the Pacific Invite with a shotgun tee time of 8:00 AM.
Pacific finished with a team total of 284 for the first round and are on pace to sneak in the top five following tomorrow's action. The Tigers share ninth place with South Dakota, who also shot a team overall of 284 for the day.
"It was a good start to the weekend," Head Coach John Cooks stated. "We've got some things to build on in the final two rounds."
San Jose State led all teams with a 13-under par performance on Thursday (271). The Spartans' Kevin Vielo sits atop the leaderboard heading into Friday shooting back-to-back rounds of four-under and three-under to finish at seven-under par.
BYU (-9), USF (-6), and Saint Mary's (-4) all sit in front of Pacific. Nevada, Long Beach State, and Sacramento are deadlocked in a three-way tie for fifth (-3) after today. UC Santa Barbara also hold onto eighth place after shooting two-under.
The Tigers had a decent start to the day on the front nine as the Orange and Black recorded five birdies through the first nine holes. Fox and Scott each chipped in two a piece for the team leading UOP with one-under and even par, respectively heading to the back nine. Jee Horsangchai also tallied in a birdie on his first hole to give him a one-over par score heading to the final half of the back nine.
In the second half of the 18, Casey Scott continued his streak of play tallying two straight birdies on the 10th and 11th hole as well as another on the 14th hole. Scott would shoot par for the remaining two holes and turn in a one-under scorecard.
Austin Fox recorded the only eagle of the day for the Orange and Black on the 14th hole, tying him with Scott with UOP's best score on Thursday at one-under. The Folsom, Calif. native struggled on the final hole, shooting three-over to wrap up round-one play.
Tyler Burnes stayed consistent for the Tigers on Thursday. The redshirt junior shot ten holes at par and finished with two birdies to finish even for the day.
Round two of the Visit Stockton Pacific Invite continues tomorrow followed by a final day of competition on Saturday. Live results will be available via golftstat.com. Pacific's tee time will begin at 8:00 AM tomorrow. The Tigers will be paired with Sacramento State and UC Santa Barbara.