Tigers hang tough at The Goodwin
This past weekend, the Pacific men’s golf team gave a respectable showing and ultimately finished twelfth at Stanford’s annual spring tournament, The Goodwin. Named after former Stanford golf coach Wally Goodwin in 2014, the Tigers competed against 25 of the top teams in the country in what is formerly called The United States Intercollegiate.
The Tigers sent five competitors to partake in the elite tournament: Tyler Burns ’19, Geoff Fry ’17, Matt Lee ’16, Seungjae Maeng ’18 and Colten Passey ’16. Besides Passey, who traveled for the first time this spring, all of the aforementioned had competed in the Tigers’ last two tournaments.
After the first round on Thursday at the Stanford University Golf Course, the Tigers sat with a +9, placing them 12 shots behind leader UC Davis and tied for 11th. Burns may have been the youngest Tiger on the course, but he looked like a seasoned vet during round one, leading the squad with an even-par 70. Burns collected four birdies and an eagle during his round. Fry also had a good day for the Tigers, almost matching Burns by shooting a 71. The Calgary native shot par on 15 holes during his first round.
The second day of competition saw much of the same great play from Burns, who finished -1, 69 and helped the Tigers maintain their grasp on a tie for 11th place at +17 overall. Burns’ second-round performance, which featured 11 pars and four birdies, pushed him into a tie for 10th place individually in the tournament. Maeng also performed well for the Tigers on Friday, turning in four birdies and finishing his round one over par at 71.
The final round of the tournament was held on Saturday, and this time Colten Passey led the way for Pacific with his best round of the season. Passey finished two under par with a 68, notching four birdies throughout the day, as well as a par-5 eagle on the 7th hole. Meanwhile, Burns stayed consistent with a +2, 72 showing for his third round, which resulted in a tie for 13th place overall individually.
As a team, the Tigers finished the day at +7, and came in 12th place for the tournament at +24. The UC Davis Aggies ended up winning The Goodwin by shooting 13 under par overall. The Aggies also had the top individual performer, senior Luke Vivolo, who never trailed during the tournament and finished -10.
While it wasn’t a victory, the Tigers must be pleased that they finished just outside the top 10 in a field full of quality opponents. The men will next take to the greens in April, when they will compete at the PING Cougar Classic in Utah.
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