Pacific Golf: 61 The Number To Beat As Bordeaux Shoots A Record Round At The Pacific Invitational
On a picture perfect November day, Pacific's T.J. Bordeaux put together a picture perfect round as the senior from Tacoma, Wash. fired a record-shattering -10, 61 on day two of the Stockton Sports Commission Pacific Invitational on Tuesday, November 2. Spurred by Bordeaux's record round and strong play from top-to-bottom, the Pacific golf team put themselves into dominating position heading into the final round of play on Wednesday afternoon as the Tigers lead the 12 team field with at -25 through two rounds, 15 strokes ahead of No. 36 Oregon State. Bordeaux holds a six stroke lead with 18 holes to play.
From the swing on hole one until the final putt on 18, Bordeaux was in complete control of the day and the course as the senior put his four years of experience all together to post his finest 18 hole score of his career. Dominating both sides of the course, Bordeaux carded five birdies in each half of his round, culminating with three straight birdies to complete his historic performance. At 10-under par for the day, Bordeaux etched his name throughout the record books as the senior's round shattered Pacific's all-time single round record of 64, shot twice prior, and Jeff Wilson's -8, 64 record shot at the Incline Invitational in 1982. The round broke Bordeaux's previous career best of 66, shot at the 2007 Pacific Invitational.
"It was unbelievable," said Bordeaux after firing the best round in program history. "To get off to a good start was a big thing. Five under on the front, yesterday I shot one over, so once I got off to a good start I thought 'alright I can go low on the back'. I made a great birdie on 10 and birdies kept coming and kept coming and by the time I made the putt on 18 it was just unbelievable. It was pretty special."
When asked about Bordeaux's record-breaking round, head coach Brandon Goethals stated, "anytime you have someone shoot 61 it's pretty special."
While Bordeaux stole the spotlight of the day, the rest of the Tigers carded solid rounds during the second day of play at the tournament as the team finished 13-under with a 271 round. The 271 broke the previous team stroke record for a single day of 272 which was set the previous day. Helping the cause for the Tigers were senior Alex Johnson and junior Danny Garcia who came into the clubhouse at 2-under, 69 on the second day of action. For Johnson, a turbulent day on the course still saw the senior post six birdies as he pushed his was into a tie for No. 10 on the individual standings at -3 for the tournament. Garcia, one shot back of Johnson in the overall standings, also tallied six birdies in his round, including firing off five on the back-nine to move to No. 12 overall.
Pacific's and the tournament's day one leader, senior Patrick Kucich dropped to No. 6 in the standings after posting a +1, 72 on the second day of play. Despite the small drop, Kucich is just two back of No. 2 while trailing Bordeaux by eight strokes.
"However, make no mistake about it, we have a long way to go," said Goethals when talking about the team's chances to take home the tournament title. "Oregon State is really good and they could come out and shoot 20, 25-under tomorrow. We have to take care of business. As long as I have been around this program and looking back at the history, I know its pretty special to be a part of all this and to be in position to win our own tournament like this, 15-shots ahead means a lot to us. We are going to enjoy tomorrow and go out their and get it."
"To put two rounds together is just huge," said Bordeaux. "It feels great to have a chance tomorrow and if we go out there and play the way we have it should be a lot of fun."
The Tigers and Bordeaux will look to close out the tournament championship on Wednesday, November 3 when the third and final round tees off from Brookside Country Club at 8:00 am. The tournament leading Tigers will hit the course at 8:45 pm.