Stockton, Calif. - Closing out play at their own Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational and finishing off the fall portion of their season, the Pacific golf team came up with its first top-5 finish of the season as the Tigers placed fourth in the 16-team field at the Stockton Golf and Country Club. In the final day of action, the Tigers kept their top-5 standing as they shot a 298, +14 on Saturday afternoon to finish the three-day event at +30 overall.
Behind their big second round on Friday Sacramento State held on to take the team title at the Invitational, winning its first trophy in the team's fifth appearance at the tournament in Stockton. The Hornets were able to hold off Long Beach State for the title as they capitalized on a late surge to finish the day at +5 and seven-over for the tournament, two shots clear of the 49ers who came up with a team score of +4 on Saturday.
The individual title went to UC Irvine's David Kim as the Anteater standout fired off a -2, 69 to finish the tournament at four-under par. Kim was the leader in the clubhouse after day one, but dropped to third after Pacific's Matt Lee pushed his way into the lead after day two. Unfortunately for the Tiger senior, the individual championship was not in the cards as Lee posted a +3, 74 on the final day of play to drop to fourth overall on the leaderboard.
With Lee playing the tournament unattached from Pacific's starting five the team's top honor went to juniro Geoff Fry as the Canadian import closed out his tournament in a tie for 12th overall, his top finish as a Tiger in his two seasons at Pacific. Fry finished at six-over par after shooting a +3, 74 on the final day of play. Sophomore Anthony Madrid closed out his second invitational with the Tigers' best round of the afternoon with a +2, 73. Overall, Madrid completed the three days at his home course in a tie for 32nd at 10-over par.
The Tigers head to the mid-season break before returning to the course in February from the 4th-6th at the Amer Ari tournament in Waikoloa, Hawaii.