STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific men's golf team had another strong day on the links, shooting even par in Saturday's final round of the West Coast Conference Championships at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton, Calif.
Following a less-than-desirable 296 (+8) in the tournament's opening round, Pacific rebounded nicely, finishing seventh as a team with 54-hole score of 870 (+6).
"After our first round we told our team not to panic and stick to our game plan on how we wanted to play the course, hitting more to center of the greens and not attacking the pins," expressed head coach John Cook.
Claiming the team victory was Pepperdine with a 13 under-par 851, edging San Francisco (854, -10) by just three strokes. Saint Mary's was third with an 860 (-4) followed by BYU (861 (-3), Santa Clara (865 (+1), Loyola Marymount (866, +2), Pacific, Gonzaga (879, +15), and San Diego (901, +37).
Pepperdine's RJ Manke and Loyola Marymount's Riley Elmes each finished stroke play with a 201 (-6), forcing a playoff for individual medalist honors. Following a birdie on the first playoff hole, Manke secured the individual victory for the Waves as well.
Junior Austin Fox had an outstanding final round and registered a top-eight finish on the player leaderboard thanks to his 69 (-3) on Saturday. Fox finishes the three day event with a two under-par 214. Fellow junior Casey Scott recorded his first top-20 finish this spring, tying for 18th with a one-over 217. Scott led the Tigers with 13 birdies and he, along with Fox, shot a stellar six-under on Par 5s.
Despite a five-over performance in his first round of 18, Tyler Burnes had a strong final two rounds, shooting three-under (69) on Friday and one-over (73) on Saturday en route to a 23rd place finish (219, +3).
"Jee will truly be missed once he graduates. He is a total professional. He is always positive and smiling. He shows the ultimate mental toughness and that shows when you can't even tell if he is playing good or bad on the course. He has been a great addition to our program the last two years and has played in every tournament while attending Pacific. Following graduation, we wish him the best of success in his professional endeavors back home in Thailand."
Overall, Pacific wraps up this season with 11 top-10 finishes, including top five finishes at the Sacramento State Invitational and the GCU Invitational.
"The year, as a whole, was good for our team. We are building momentum each and every tournament and the goal for our program is always to make postseason. "We graduate just one senior this year and the rest of our team will be back next year to continue to work towards that goal."