Seaside, Calif. - Making a charge on the final day, junior Matt Lee put himself in position to take home the Saint Mary's Invitational title on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Course. Posting the second-best round of the day, a -3, 69, Lee pushed up the leaderboard, even holding a share of the lead late at five-under par. However, San Diego's Mathias Dahl, the leader coming into the day, did just enough to hold on to the top spot as he birdied out to end his round at even-par and his tournament at -7. The third-place finish was a career best for Lee, as was his score of -5, 211.
"I am so proud of Matt (Lee) as he put himself within reach of the tourament title and played his heart out this week," said head coach Chris Hill. "He was on his game and had a chance to win and I can't wait to see what he continues to do the rest of this year."
In the final round of the tournament, Lee played fearless golf as the second-year Tiger went for the pins and went for red numbers in an attempt to claim the title. Going for broke, Lee found himself in trouble on a few holes, but managed to overcome his lows with larger highs. Lee's best stroke of genius came on the par-5, 18th, as the junior grabbed an eagle to slide to five-under for the tournament. He would par out over the final four holes of play after having started his round on the par-4, 5th, in the tournament's shotgun start.
"As a a team, it is always good to get the competitive juices going and it was a nice start to the year for us overall. We have a lot to build on off of this tournament and a lot to work with. I look forward to competing in Fresno in a couple of weeks and getting back at it," stated Hill.
Overall, the Tigers finished in sixth place at their first event of the season as they posted a +15, 879. San Diego ended with the tournament title after finishing at even-par, jumping over the host Gaels at the last moment to claim the title. Just behind Lee, senior Byron Meth finished his first tournament of his final season at two-under overall after an up-and-down round that saw the Tiger ace finish at +1. Meth's surge at the end of the round pushed him back into the top-10 as he tied for seventh place overall in the standings.
Pacific is back in action at the Fresno State Lexus Classic hosted by Fresno State at the Sunnyside Country Club from Sept. 29-30.
|POS||TEAM/PLAYER (SEED)||ROUND 1||ROUND 2||ROUND 3||TOTAL|
|6||298 +10||284 -4||297 +9||879 +15|
|3||Matt Lee (3)||+1 (F)||-3 (F)||-3 (F)||211 -5|
|T7||Byron Meth (1)||-1 (F)||-2 (F)||+1 (F)||214 -2|
|T48||Drew Bender (5)||+7 (F)||-3 (F)||+7 (F)||227 +11|
|T65||Chris Macasaet IND||+3 (F)||+7 (F)||+5 (F)||231 +15|
|T67||Sj Maeng (2)||+8 (F)||+4 (F)||+4 (F)||232 +16|
|T83||Anthony Madrid (4)||+3 (F)||+9 (F)||+10 (F)||238 +32|