Loredo, Texas - Finishing off their long week on the road with the last round of the Border Olympics on Saturday, March 14, the Tigers took home a fifth place finish in the 18-team field. Overall, Pacific came in at three-under par as a team after shooting a 295 on the final day of play. The overall title went to No. 13 Baylor as they outlasted the host Houston Cougars with a finish at -15.
"This was invaluable experience for the team with our sights set on the NCAA Regionals," said head coach Chris Hill. "There were some really good teams that we finished ahead of. Against a tough field in a big tournament we held our own and took a top five finish. I'm proud of the way the guys played and I'm proud of how we finished at such a tough tournament."
On a day that saw all but three teams finish over par, the Tigers' seniors held their own against the field as Drew Bender and Byron Meth finished tied for 11th overall as the duo came in at three-under par. On the day, Bender shot a 73 while Meth led the day at even-par with a 72. For Meth, the day was fairly even keel as the senior tallied two birdies while bogeying a pair of holes as well. On the other side, Bender was able to card four birdies but countered his own ups with five bogeys including one on the final hole of the day.
Individually, Houston's Blair Hamilton took home the overall title as he finished the tournament at -9.
The Tigers will take a week off before heading to Eugene, Ore. to take part in the Oregon Duck Invitational beginning on March 23. The tournament in Oregon will mark the final tuneup tournament for the Tigers before beginning play at the WCC Championships in mid-April.
|T11||Byron Meth (1)||70||71||72||213|
|T11||Drew Bender (3)||70||70||73||213|
|T30||Matt Lee (2)||71||72||75||218|
|T34||Geoff Fry (5)||68||75||76||219|
|T63||SeungJae Maeng (4)||75||74||75||224|