Pacific Golf's Edfort, Sugimoto, And Meth Take Home All-Conference Honors
With the completion of the regular season, the Big West announced its all-conference awards for the 2012-13 season from which the Tigers received three postseason awards. Led the entire year for a young Tiger squad, Pacific's three veterans played their way onto the All-Big West post-season teams led by senior Alex Edfort and sophomore Eric Sugimoto taking home first team honors while sophomore Byron Meth earned honorable mention status. Edfort's selection was his third career all-conference award and second straight first team honor while Sugimoto and Meth each earned their first post-season recognition.
The lone upperclassman for the Tigers in 2013, Edfort helped guide a young Pacific team throughout the year that picked up a pair of team victories, including the Big West championship. A year after setting the program record for strokes per round at 71.86, Edfort just missed beating his own record as a senior as he posted a team-best 71.88 average on the year. Additionally, Edfort's 71.88 average paced all golfers in the Big West during the 2012-13 season. Throughout the season, Edfort took home a pair of top-five finishes including finishing second at the Tigers' home tournament, the Pacific Invitational in October. Despite just missing out on the title, Edfort did make program history with his play at the Invitational as the senior posted the Tigers' all-time lowest tournament total both in total strokes and strokes to par at 198, -18.
Joining his senior teammate on the All-Big West First Team, Sugimoto garnered his first career all-conference award after taking home the 2013 Big West Individual Title. Leading the Tigers to the team title as well, Sugimoto won his first career tournament on the biggest stage as he outlasted a pair of competitors in two playoff holes to win the tournament. Sugimoto became just the fourth Tiger in program history to win the individual title and the second in as many years. For the year, Sugimoto posted a 72.39 stroke average, third-best in the conference behind Edfort and UC Davis' Tyler Raber. On the course, Sugimoto took home three top-five finishes as he added a second place finish at the Del Walker Intercollegiate as well as a fourth place finish at the Farms Collegiate Invitational to his Big West championship.
Rounding out the Tigers' post-season selections, Meth picked up his first career award as the sophomore was named to the honorable mention team for his play throughout the year. Meth ended his second year of action with a 74.00 stroke average after playing every round in Pacific's 11 tournaments. Meth's four top-10 finishes tied for the team lead while he finished inside the top-5 twice on the year. Meth's best finish came at the Bandon Dunes Championship where he just missed taking his first career win as he finished third at -2, 214.
The three veterans will lead the Tigers into the 2013 NCAA Regionals on May 16-18 as Pacific plays in the Washington State Regional in Pullman, Wash. Pacific will be one of 14 teams at the regional playing for a spot in the NCAA Championships from May 28 - June 2.