Sept. 23, 2003
STOCKTON, Calif. - The Santa Clara University men's golf team rose two spots after a final round team score of 294 finished them in a tie for seventh place at the season-opening Pacific Invitational in Stockton, Calif. The two day, three round event was played at the par-72 Reserve at Spanos Park.
"This was a very good tournament to begin our season," said head coach John Kennaday. "We raised some eyebrows with our play in round two, but I was very pleased with how well we played overall. We realize some of the things that we need to improve on and will spend time working on those things in preparation for our next tournament."
The Broncos finished the two day event with a team score of 879 for the three rounds, tied with Fresno State and San Francisco. Georgia Southern won the tournament by four strokes over Cal State Northridge, despite shooting a 289 on the final day, four shots higher than the Matadors.
Matt Klenz was the top finished for SCU, ending the tournament in a tie for 11th place after a final round of 1-under par, 71. His three round total of even-par, 216, was two shots better than teammate Jong Yoon. Yoon, who was competing in his first collegiate tournament, shot a 2-over par, 74 on the final day to finish at 2-over par, 218 for the tournament.
Blake Lugar finished in a tie for 33rd after a final round 73 gave him a two day total of 5-over par. Jonathan Edwards posted a final round 76 to finish at 11-over par and in a tie for 54th, while Justin Ahasic's final round 75 gave him a 12-over par, 228 total and a tie for 57th.
Aron Price from Georgia Southern won the tournament with a 12-under par score of 204 following a final round 67 on Tuesday. His teammate Toshi Hirata was one of four golfers who finished in second place, four shots behind Price.
Santa Clara returns to action in three weeks when they take part in the Countrywide Home Loans Invitational hosted by Cal State Northridge. The three round event will take place on October 20-21 at the Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley, Calif.