Pacific Golf: Tiger Recruit Byron Meth Wins Aaron Baddeley International Junior Championship
Incoming Pacific freshman Byron Meth (San Diego, Calif.), who just recently signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Tigers beginning in 2010-11, took home one of the biggest championships in his young career with a win at the Aaron Baddeley International Junior Championships over the weekend. The world tournament was held in Guangzhou, China and featured some of the top amateur golfers in the world.
Shooting a 277 at the four day tournament held at the Lion Lake Country Club, Meth outplayed the competition from start to finish, jumping out front on day one and never looking back. In the opening round, Meth fired a 66 to take a one-stroke lead into the second day of action. Over the next two days, Meth opened up his lead to four strokes which he held on to throughout the final 18 holes of action to pick up the victory.
The victory for Meth sets the young golfer up for some major tournaments in the future as his victory gives him automatic exemptions into the Australian Open and the JBWere Masters, Australia's premier Championship tournaments.
Aaron Baddeley, the tournament's namesake and one of Australia's top international golf stars, started the event in 2001 to give young players the type of "major" tournament experience he would have enjoyed as a teenager. Early in Baddeley's career, he pre-qualified for the Victorian Open at the age of 15 years. After showing his promise, he won the Victorian Amateur Championship in 1998 which preceded back-to-back victories in the Australian Open before turning pro in 2000.