Tigers Golfers Take The Lead At The Big West Championhsips
Holding tough on a day that saw others slip, the Pacific golf team put itself a top the standings after 36-holes of play at the 2013 Big West Championships. Due in large part to the play of their underclassmen, the Tigers finished second-day play at +11 overall after posting an +1, 289 on Monday, April 29. Pacific leads the tournament by four strokes after the first two days of play as the Tigers will look to hold off the field in day three which is led by Cal State Fullerton at +15 overall.
Individually, the Tigers went low on a day in which the field struggled at The Country Club at Soboba Springs as sophomore Eric Sugimoto and freshman SeungJae Maeng carded the day's best rounds with a pair of -3, 69s. The duo led Pacific's attack, taking on the course in two very different manners. Putting himself in contention for the overall individual crown, Sugimoto was more erratic throughout his second day on the course as the second-year standout carded five birdies to balance out a pair of bogeys on the course. On the other side, Maeng was much steadier than his teammate as the first-year Tiger went through his round without a bogey blemish while posting three birdies on the day. The duo each finished their rounds in similar fashion as each posted birdies on the 14th and 16th holes to bring the Tigers' into the clubhouse holding onto their advantage.
Overall, Sugimoto has the Tigers' best chance at a second straight individual title as the sophomore sits in second place in the standings with a two-day total of -1, 143. Sugimoto was just one of two players in the tournament to find himself under-par after 36-holes as the sophomore will attempt to chase down Cal State Fullerton's Corey Gard, who finished at -4 after going one-under on day two. Sugimoto will look to follow senior Alex Edfort's lead from 2012 after the then junior took home the individual title for the Tigers for the first time since 1998.
The Tigers will hit the course on Tuesday, April 30 looking for its first Big West team title since 1997. In addition to playing for the title on Tuesday, the Tigers will hit the course for the final time as members of the Big West as Pacific moves to the West Coast Conference in the fall of 2013.
||Eric Sugimoto (2)
||SeungJae Maeng (4)
||Alex Edfort (1)
||Byron Meth (3)
||Drew Bender (5)