Lee And Burnes Pace The Tigers On Day One In Fresno

Matt Lee - Photo by: Keith Sanpei
Matt Lee - Photo by: Keith Sanpei

Fresno, Calif. - Taking on a new course at the Nick Watney Invitational, a tournament the Tigers won in 2014, Pacific finished the day at 14-over par at the par-71, 6,741 yard Fort Washington Country Club course. Playing the first 36 holes of the 54 hole tournament the Tigers were paced by senior Matt Lee and freshman Tyler Burnes who each carded a two-round score of two-over, 144.

Posting back-to-back one-over, 72s on the day, Lee proved to be the steadiest of the Tiger golfers to finish in a tie for 36th overall in the standings. For Lee, his day was marked by near misses as in each of his two rounds, both morning and afternoon, the senior dropped a stroke on his final hole of the round costing him over 10 spots in the standings. Despite the near misses, Lee still came into the clubhouse having posted his strongest showing of the young season, carding five birdies to seven bogies.

Alongside of the Tigers senior, Burnes came through with the Tigers best round of the day in the afternoon round as the first year golfer posted an even-par, 71 to push his way into a tie with Lee. For Burnes, the round was marked with pars as he carded 16 pars in the final round of the day to go with one birdie and one bogey. Earlier in his day, Burnes went two-over as he posted three birdies and five bogies, three of which came in a three-hole stretch from holes 13 to 15.

Individually, the tournament is led by Pavan Sagoo of Saint Mary's who finished the opening day of the tournament at 10-under par. Sagoo's big second round of seven-under, propelled the Gaels into the team lead as Saint Mary's stands atop the leaderboard at 15-under par, one shot clear of Cal.

Pacific tees off the final round of play on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 8:00 am.

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