Pebble Beach, Calif. - Closing out play at its first tournament of the season, the Pacific golf team put together its best round of the weekend on day three of the SMC Invitational at Poppy Hills. Pacing the Tigers for the round was senior Colten Passey who closed the three-day event with Pacific's top round of the week as he posted a -1, 70, on Wednesday afternoon.
For the Tigers, a +7, 291 allowed Pacific to climb one spot on the final scoreboard to finish in 13th place at 49-over for the tournament. The overall team championship went to San Diego State as the Aztecs out sprinted the host Gaels of Saint Mary's down the stretch to take the title by four-strokes at one-under. The Aztecs were the lone team to shoot in the red for the three-day tournament.
"I'm glad the guys battled back today after yesterday's round," said head coach John Cook. "Colten played a solid round today! The first event is over and its time to get ready for the next one!!"
Saving his best round for last, Passey found a groove over the final 18-holes of the tournament as the second-year Tiger came up with one of the top rounds of the day as he came into the clubhouse with a -1, 70. The one-under on the scorecard was Passey's best overall round in his fourth overall tournament as a Tiger. Passey used four birdies on the day to balance out just three bogeys en route to Pacific's best round of the invitational. He finished in a tie for 38th overall after posting a three-day total of +11, 224.
Matching Passey's overall finish at the tournament was senior SeungJae Maeng as the fourth-year golfer also posted a +11, 224 for the event. Maeng finished the day just behind Passey as he shot one-over at 72 for the 18-hole round. Maeng started with a pair of birdies over his first nine holes but suffered through a three-hole stretch at the end of the round that saw his score climb three shots. Shaking off the mistakes, Maeng finished off his tournament with a birdie on the par-5, 9th, after beginning the round on the 10th hole.
The Tigers are back on the course from Sept. 25-27 at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Burlington, Iowa. The three-day event will be played at the Spirit Hollow Golf Club.