Pacific Golf: Tigers Take The Pacific Invitational Title While Bordeaux Brings Home The Hardware
The Pacific golf team finished the Stockton Sports Commission Pacific Invitational well under par, 25 strokes to be exact as the Tigers finished well above the rest both in team and individual standings.
"It's a double whammy," head coach Brandon Goethals said. "To do it in front of a home crowd is awesome."
On Wednesday, November 3, the Pacific Tigers took home the shiny 2010 Pacific Invitational championship trophy after outplaying the 12-team field that included No. 36 ranked Oregon State and No. 39 Charlotte. Over the three rounds held at Brookside Country Club, the Tigers finished 25-under, 827 overall. Oregon State finished in second with a 6-under par, 846 and Fresno State rounded out the top-three with a 4-under, 848. The Tigers 827, three day total shattered the program's previous tournament record of 842, shot twice at the Del Walker Intercollegiate during both the 2007 and 2009 seasons.
The victory was Pacific's seventh win in the tournament's history, but first since 1992, when the tournament was titled the Robertson Homes Invitational.
Pacific entered the final day of the Invitational holding a commanding 25-under par through two rounds, while remaining 15 strokes ahead of Oregon State. After setting a team stroke record for a single day of 272 on Monday and resetting it again on Tuesday with a 271, the Tigers slowed their pace on day three while maintaining their advantage. Instead, Pacific finished Wednesday's round +2. But it was still enough to prevail over any possible comeback by the Beavers who ended their tournament run with a +3 third round.
Less than 24 hours after his record-setting 10 under 61, senior T.J. Bordeaux shattered another chapter in the record books with a 15-under, 198 overall three-day total, breaking the program's record by four strokes. Pacific Hall-of-Famer, Aaron Bengoechea held the previous record of 202 with his finish at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational in 1989.
"It was unbelievable," Bordeaux said, as he stood at the green of the 18th hole. "It's been a while since I've won and so I wanted to feel the victory again."
Bordeaux secured his first place finish with a birdie on the 16th hole, to put him three strokes ahead of the competition. After the 18th and final hole, Bordeaux wrote down a final 2-under, 69 for his third day total. The senior from Tacoma, Wash. carded five birdies and three bogeys.
Senior Patrick Kucich, the tournament's day one leader, completed the 18th hole with an eagle to finish with an even-par, 71. Kucich recorded a 5-under, 66 on Monday, kick starting the Tigers' run towards the championship. Kucich ended his tournament in a tie for seventh overall to give the Tigers a pair of top-10 finishes.
Junior Danny Garcia finished with an even-par, 71 with two birdies and two bogeys to go -2 overall. Senior Alex Johnson and sophomore Alex Edfort each finished their respective rounds at 2-over, 73. Johnson and Edfort both carded two birdies and four bogeys.