Stockton, Calif. -The friendly home confines of the Stockton Golf and Country Club helped the Pacific Tigers put together a very successful first round at the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational. The Tigers finished the day in fifth place out of 13 teams at +2 overall.
Geoff Fry matched his best round of the season when he shot a 68 today, good for -3 on the par-71 course. Fry also had a 68 at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate to start the season. He put up six birdies today, including three in a four hole span between holes 13 and 16. Fry's -3 put him in third individually, just a stroke behind the leaders.
Stockton-native Anthony Madrid finished the day with a 71, hitting par exactly. Madrid had four birdies on the day and finished the back nine at -1 to get to par overall. He found himself tied for 19th at the day's end. It was Madrid's best round of the year so far, having previously hit a 73 once.
James Feutz and Casey Scott rounded out Pacific's team, with Feutz shooting a 73 and Scott a 74. Feutz had three straight birdies after bogeying on 10 and 11, also birdieing on five to end at +2. Scott had four birdies but was undone by one double-bogey that put him at +3. Austin Fox shot a 76 on the day as part of Pacific's five-man team.
Mateo Leon, playing as an individual, shot a +2 on the day. He finished the first nine at +4 but fought back with three birdies on the back nine to get to +2. Leon sat tied with Feutz in 32nd after round one.
Daniel Peña matched Scott's +3 on the day, finishing in 40th. He hit par or better in 14 of the 18 holes and birdied on 17.
Jesper Kasanen and Julian Rippert, Pacific's final individuals, shot +5 and +6, respectively, on the day. Kasanen's best hole came on 15 when he recorded a birdie with just two strokes. Rippert had two consecutive birdies on six and seven.
Day two of the three-day Pacific Invitational begins tomorrow, with the first groups teeing off at 8:30 am.
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