Bender's Career Day Nets A Fourth Place Finish At The Barona Collegiate Cup

Drew Bender - Photo by: KeithSanpeiPhoto.com
Drew Bender - Photo by: KeithSanpeiPhoto.com

Lakeside, Calif. - On a day with perfect conditions and scores going low at the Barona Collegiate Cup, none were lower than senior Drew Bender's final round as the fourth-year Tiger posted a career-best 64 to close out his tournament. The senior's eight-under round tied for the tournament's best round and propelled him up the leaderboard for a season-best fourth place finish. For the day, Bender was extremely steady, posting nine-birdies to just one bogey to record his 64.

Overall, Bender's round put him at -9 for the tournament, behind a pair of Aztecs who went 1-2 at their home course. The tournament's overall champion was San Diego State's Xander Schauffele, who paced the field with a -17 after also recording a 64 on the final day of play.

"Drew's top-4 finish is outstanding," said head coach Chris Hill. "He was great today and throughout the tournament as he played some outstanding golf. It was great to see the two seniors go out there and play some of their best golf with Byron in support of Drew."

Behind Bender, senior Byron Meth came up with his best round of the tournament and one of his best rounds of the season as he posted a -6, 66 on the final day of action. He finished just behind Bender in the birdie count on day two with eight red numbers, balancing off a pair of bogies in the round. Meth steadily reigned in his game over the three rounds to finish the tournament in 13th place at four-under par.

As a team, the Tigers finished in seventh place at one-over par with a team score of 865. The five-man team scored a -8 on the final day to climb back up the leaderboard after a rough first day of play. San Diego State took the tournament title at their home event as they came up with a 15-under, 273 on the final day of play to finish at 31-under par.

"This wasn't the finish we were looking for this weekend but there were definite positives to take out of the event," said Hill. "We know what we need to get better at and we will continue to work to improve on our games. We will get better and we will be ready for Pepperdine's event in two week."

Pacific will be back in action at the Jones Invitational at the North Ranch Country Club from Feb. 23-24.

7 Pacific 290 295 280 865
T4 Drew Bender (3) 71 72 64 207
13 Byron Meth (1) 75 71 66 212
T53 Matt Lee (2) 70 78 75 223
T60 Anthony Madrid (4) 74 75 77 226
T65 Geoff Fry (5) 76 77 75 228
T69 SeungJae Maeng (Ind) 75 81 74 230