Tigers End Up And Down First Day At Rod Myers Invitational
|Playing their second tournament on the road in as many weeks, the Pacific golf team completed an up and down first day at the Rod Myers Invitational in Durham, N.C., finishing in ninth place on Saturday, Oct. 12. The Tigers ended the day +8 as a team as Pacific combined to shoot 584 over the opening two rounds of play. No. 38 Northwestern has the lead in the clubhouse after day one as the Wildcats posted a -13 to lead the field by 12 strokes.
Individually, the Tigers picked up a pair of top performances out of juniors Drew Bender and Eric Sugimoto over the two rounds of action. Bender got Pacific rolling in the first round of the day after posting a team-best -3, 69 during the morning session. The third-year golfer tallied a career-best six birdies throughout his round, posting three on each side of the card to come up with one of the top-10 rounds of the day.
In round two, it was Sugimoto who took the reigns for Pacific as the Tiger standout shook off an uncharacteristically rough opening round to shoot a -2, 70. Early in his second go around the course, Sugimoto caught fire with five birdies including posting four-straight before hitting the turn. While he would cool off over the final nine holes, Sugimoto's early birdies would carry him back up the leaderboard.
Overall, Bender led the Tigers at +2, 146 to close the day in a tied for 20th individually. Sugimoto came in one shot back and in a tie for 28th, a spot shared by sophomore Matt Lee who scored rounds of 72 and 75. The field will look to chase down Northwestern's Matt Fitzpatrick who fired off a -9, 135 on day one to move two shots clear of his teammate Jack Perry for the lead.
Pacific will hit the course for the final round of play on Sunday, Oct. 13, as the Tigers tee off beginning at 9:05 am EST from the 10th tee.