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Pacific Golf's Sophomores Come Out Blazing To Lead Pacific In Pullman

May 16, 2013

Blazing out of the gate at the NCAA Regionals, Pacific's sophomore duo of Eric Sugimoto and Byron Meth put the Tigers' golf team inside of the top-five after first round action on Thursday, May 16. The Tigers shot a -14, 274 over the first 18 holes of play to put themselves within the critical cut line of the top five teams that will advance to the NCAA Championships. Pacific sits two strokes ahead of No. 11 TCU and Memphis for the fifth and final spot in the Championships.

Individually, the Tigers' sophomores tore up the Palouse Ridge Golf Course on day one of play as Sugimoto carded a -7, 65 while Meth fired a -6, 66 during their first trips around the course. At -5, Sugimoto sits in third place while Meth waits just behind in sixth on the individual leaderboard as they look up at USC's Sam Smith who carded a -10, 62 to pace the field.

For Sugimoto, his day on the course was flawless as the reigning Big West champion saw nothing but red on his card. Playing the back-nine first, Sugimoto's spotless round was highlighted by an eagle-two on the par-4 15th. Around his eagle, Sugimoto added a pair of birdies on 13 and 17. Making the turn to the front, Sugimoto continued his steady excellence as the sophomore posted three more birdies including grabbing a final stroke on the ninth green with a birdie-four on the 540-yard par-5 hole.

Not to be outdone, Meth started his round on fire with a pair of birdies over the first four holes of play before jumping to another level with two eagles over his next five. Showing Sugimoto, who played in the group behind Meth, how it was done on the 15th, Meth chipped in for eagle on the 15th before taking advantage of the par-5 17th with his second eagle of the morning. With six strokes in the bag on the first nine holes, Meth balanced out a pair of bogies on his final nine holes with birdies at seven and nine to cap his day. As a team, the Tigers picked up four shots on the final hole of the day as Pacific carded a birdie on four of its five cards on the ninth green.

Pacific will look to keep up its hot play at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course on Friday, May 17, when they hit the course for day two of the NCAA Regional. The Tigers will go off the front nine early in the morning as the teams flip starting positions from the opening round.

5

Pacific

274

274

T3

Eric Sugimoto (2)

65

65

T8

Byron Meth (3)

66

66

T35

SeungJae Maeng (4)

71

71

T46

Alex Edfort (1)

72

72

T66

Drew Bender (5)

75

75

 

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