Big Finish By Burnes Holds Pacific Steady On Tough First Day At The Goodwin

Tyler Burnes - Photo by: Tongly Loth
Tyler Burnes - Photo by: Tongly Loth

Palo Alto, Calif. - Beginning play at one of the largest tournaments in the nation, the Tigers held steady on day one of The Goodwin at Stanford, finishing in the middle of the pack on Thursday, March 24. Playing against some of the best teams in the country among the 26-team field, the Tigers finished tied for 11th at +9 on the day.

The +9 put Pacific 12 shots back of the tournament leader, UC Davis, which finished as the lone team under-par for the opening 18 holes at -3. Showing off the difficulty of the day at Stanford Golf Course, the nation's No. 1 team, USC, fell into a tie for 16th overall after shooting a team round of +13.

Individually, the Tigers' youngest player came up with Pacific's best opening 18 holes as freshman Tyler Burnes posted an even-par 70 to lead the way. Burnes' 70 stuck the young Tiger right in the mix among the tournament's top-20 after finishing in a tie for 19th overall. Burnes did the bulk of the damage over the final nine holes of the afternoon as the freshman eagled the par-5, 1st, to kick-start the nine before finishing with three-straight birdies on 7, 8, & 9.

Just behind the freshman, junior Geoff Fry continued his strong second-half of the season, finihsing just behind the Tiger freshman at +1 with a 71. Fry sits just outside of the tournament's top-25 having tied for 28th after day one. In all, Fry came up with 15 pars throughout his round while birding the par-5, 1st, to get back one of the strokes he had lost on the nine holes.

Overall, the tournament leader sits at -5 as UC Davis' Luke Vivolo came up with the day's best round at 65.