Tigers Hit The Course During The Summer Months

With the 2012-13 year behind them, the Pacific golf team has hit the ground running in preparations for next season as the Tigers have hit the course for the summer. Around the country the Tigers will be playing in various amateur tournaments to hone their skills.

Leading the way for the Tigers over the summer is the reigning Big West Champion Eric Sugimoto who played his way into the USGA Amateur Public Links Championships. Sugimoto qualified for the prestigious event that will be held from July 15-20 and will follow in the footsteps of Alex Edfort and Byron Meth who each qualified for the event last season. The tournament will be at the Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Vir. 

"Qualifying means a lot to me," said Sugimoto. "This is my first USGA event and I'm really excited to play in the tournament."

In addition to the Public Links Championships, Sugimoto will take part in the 110th Trans-Mississippi Championship July 8-11 in Fairfax, Calif. Sugimoto, along with Meth and Edfort, will take on a field of 144 in a 72-hole stroke play tournament at the Meadow Club. 

Prior to the Trans-Miss Championship, Sugimoto and Edfort will play in the Sahallee Players Championship in Sammamish, Wash. From July 1-3. Inaugurated in 1992, the Sahalee Players Championship (SPC) at its inception strove to annually showcase the best amateur golfers in the Pacific Northwest. As the stature of the club continues to grow as a result of hosting the 1998 PGA Championship and 2002 World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational, the SPC's founders decided to make the SPC a truly international amateur event. As such, invitations to the Sahalee Players Championship are extended only to the finest amateur players worldwide. 

For Edfort, the two tournaments will come on the heels of action at the Monroe Invitational Championship. The Tiger graduate is currently in action at the event that takes place from June 10-15 in Pittsford, NY.

Outside of the Tigers' three upperclassmen from 2013, SeungJae Maeng is making his mark in summer amateur action as he has advanced to the quarterfinals of the 105th Manoa Cup. The Manoa Cup is the 4th longest running tournament in the nation behind only behind only the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur and The Western Open. In addition to Maeng, Tiger alum Nick Ushijima advanced to the round of 16 before bowing out of the tournament in a fierce match that changed hands 13 times and was never led by either player by more than 1 up.