Pebble Beach, Calif. - Playing his first collegiate round of golf for the Tigers, freshman Tyler Burnes set expectations high as the first-year Tigers paced the Pacific lineup on day one of the Saint Mary's Invitational. Taking on the Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Burnes went around the 18-hole course at even par to close the day in a tie for seventh place overall and in striking distance of the leader in the clubhouse.
As a team, Pacific shook off a rough beginning to its new season to climb back into the middle of the pack as the Tigers finished the opening round of three-day event tied in eighth place with Oregon State. Overall, the Tigers went 10-over par as a team over the first 18-holes of action. They trail the leader and host of the tournament, WCC rival Saint Mary's, by 15 strokes after the Gaels posted the only red number of the day with a team score at five-under par.
Individually, Burnes was Pacific's most consistent golfer in his first day on the course in the orange and black as he put an early mistake behind him to card a team-best four birdies in the round. His even-par, 71, puts Burnes just four back of San Diego's Alex Chiarella who finished off the day in tournament lead at four-under par.
Behind Burnes, the Tigers scored cards from Colten Passey (+3), Geoff Fry (+3), and SeungJae Maeng (+4). Maeng also recorded four birdies in his round to tie Burnes for the team high, but saw his overall score suffer from a pair of big numbers to start his round.
The Tigers are back on the course on Tuesday, Sept. 15 in the first wave of golfers off of tee one on day two of the invitational. First off the tees for the Tigers is Matt Lee as the senior hits the course at 7:30 am.