Golf Finishes 8th At The Arizona Intercollegiate

Drew Bender - Photo by: KeithSanpeiPhoto.com
Drew Bender - Photo by: KeithSanpeiPhoto.com

Tucson, Ariz. - Ending play at the 2015 Arizona Intercollegiate on Tuesday, Jan. 27, the Tigers capped off the two-day event in eighth place overall after going 15-over for the three rounds. The golf team finished the tournament with a +4, 288 in round three, matching its opening round score from the day prior. #29 Arizona State took the tourmament title at 12-under par, running away from the field with the day's best round of -7, 277.

Individually, senior Byron Meth came up with his fourth top-10 finish of the season as he tied for 10th in Tucson. Meth came into the day at one-under par after two rounds and held steady as he posted an even-par, 71, on the final day. He would finish tied for the best score among West Coast Conference entrants in the event as Pacific finished ahead of BYU, LMU, and Pepperdine at the tournament. BYU's Jordan Rodgers matched Meth's final score as the duo are two of the favorites to take the WCC individual title later in the year. Both Meth and Rogers could not catch Arizona State's Max Rottluff, who comfortably took home the tournament's individual title at 10-under par.

Outside of Meth, fellow senior Drew Bender came up with an even-par, 71, on his final day of play to post a +5, 218 for the tournament. He finished in a tie for 27th overall, just behind junior Matt Lee who placed 21st. Lee had an up-and-down day on the course as he finished one-over par after bogeying two of his final six holes. Overall, Lee would tallying a +3, 216 over the two days of play.

The Tigers are back on the course in two-weeks time as they head to Lakeside, Calif. and the Barona Creek Golf Course as part of the 2015 Barona Collegiate Cup field. The tournament begins on Feb. 9 and is hosted by Saint Mary's.

Position/Player 1 2 3 Total
10    Byron Meth 69  -2 72  +1 71  E 212  -1
21    Matt Lee 71  E 73  +2 72  +1 216  +3
27    Drew Bender 75  +4 72  +1 71  E 218  +5
42    Anthony Madrid 73  +2 74  +3 74  +3 221  +8
86    SeungJae Maeng 81  +10 78  +7 80  +9 239  +26
Team Total 288  +4 291  +7 288  +4 867  +15
Team Position 6 8 8 8