Valencia, Calif. - Shaking off a rough opening round at the Jones Invitational on Monday, Feb. 23, senior Byron Meth put himself back into the race as he closed the day with a four-under, 68. The senior sits in a tie for 13th place overall at -1 as he and the rest of the field look to chase down Kennesaw State's Teremoana Beaucousin who paced the field at nine-under par through the first two rounds.
Meth opened the day by tying his worst rounds of the season as he went three-over with a 75. The opening round saw the senior ace struggle with his control as he was able to card just one birdie while missing par four times. Despite the miscues in the opening go around the course, Meth rebounded with a round in the 60s as he fired off three birdies in his first four holes to set up his afternoon. After two bogies brought him back down, Meth reignited down the home stretch as he birdied the third, seventh, and ninth holes of play.
As a team, the Tigers struggled on the Valencia Country Club course as Pacific shot a +26 over the opening two rounds. The score placed the Tigers into a tie for 13th as a team in the 15 team field. The whole field looks up at Southern Cal as the Trojans won the day at -11. They hold a six-shot lead over the closest competition as Kennesaw State finished the opening day at -5.
The Tigers are back on the course beginning at 8:42 am with freshman Anthony Madrid leading things off for Pacific. Meth tees off 9:18 am alongside of Notre Dame's Patrick Grahek and USC Upstate's Ryan Cornfield.
|POS||TEAM/PLAYER (SEED)||ROUND 1||ROUND 2||ROUND 3||TOTAL|
|T13||Pacific||303 +15||299 +11||-||602 +26|
|T13||Byron Meth (1)||+3 (F)||-4 (F)||-||143|
|T57||Geoff Fry (3)||+5 (F)||+4 (F)||-||153|
|T62||Drew Bender (4)||+4 (F)||+6 (F)||-||154|
|T62||Matt Lee (2)||+3 (F)||+7 (F)||-||154|
|71||Anthony Madrid (5)||+7 (F)||+5 (F)||-||156|