Top Five Finishes Make Sugimoto February Big West Golfer Of The Month
Sophomore Eric Sugimoto claimed the Big West Men's Golfer of the Month award for October after leading Pacific to its first tournament title since the 2010-11 season. The award was the first of the year for the Tigers and the first of the young Tigers' career.
The Tigers captured the championship of 12-team Farms Collegiate Invitational in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., utilizing the exceptional play of its lineup led by Sugimoto. Sugimoto carded a one-over par 217 to finish in a tie for fourth place and miss individual medalist honors by just two strokes. He shot a 71-73-73 at The Farms Golf Club, collecting birdies on the final two holes as he made a serious run for the individual title.
Nevertheless, the Tigers overcame a three stroke deficit to Saint Mary's and overtook the Gaels over the final 18 holes to win by six shots. It was Pacific's first team tournament win since taking home the Pacific Invitational title in 2010.
Sugimoto registered his second straight top five finish two weeks later at the Del Walker Classic, hosted by Long Beach State. He shot par or better in all three rounds of the tournament, carding a three-under 207 (69-70-68) to tie for second on the individual leaderboard. Sugimoto made another late run toward the individual crown as he birdied three of the final four holes and ended the final round with a team-best six birdies.
The effort paced Pacific to a second place team finish, just three strokes behind the tournament host 49ers.