SOMIS, Calif. - Pacific shot an even-par 288 in the second round to vault into the lead at the 2015 West Coast Conference Championship at Saticoy Country Club. The Tigers moved from a share of third place and seven strokes back into a four stroke lead entering Wednesday's final round.
Final round of the 2015 men's #WCCchamps begins Wednesday, April 15 at 7:50 a.m. Pacific, Pepperdine and first round leader San Francisco are set to go off No. 10 starting at 9:40 a.m. on the demanding par-72 course playing at 6,980 yards.
Pacific and Pepperdine each turned in the low round of the tournament at even-par 288 with the Tigers leading at 597 (+21), four shots in front of the Waves and first round leader San Francisco at 601 (+25). San Diego sits fourth at 605 (+28), followed by Saint Mary's at 606 (+30). Defending champion BYU is sixth at 610 (+34).
Fresh off competing in the opening rounds of the 2015 Master's as an amateur, defending WCC medalist Byron Meth of Pacific leads the field after carding a 2-under 70 and owns a two-shot lead at even-par 144. San Francisco's Jobim Carlos and Pepperdine's Cody McManus are two strokes back at 146 (+2).
The last student-athlete to post back-to-back medalist honors was Loyola Marymount's Brian Locke from 2006-07.
On day one of the event no team posted a score below 300, led by San Francisco's 303. Tuesday's second round produced five such rounds, led by the Tigers and Waves at even-par.
With 18 holes remaining, nine shots separate the top five teams. Pacific is vying for its first WCC golf title. The Tigers last won a league championship in 2013 as a member of the Big West Conference.
Team Standings: 1. Pacific 309-288=597; T2. Pepperdine 313-288=601; T2. San Francisco 303-298=601; 4. San Diego 307-297=604; 5. Saint Mary's 310-296=606; 6. Brigham Young 309-301=610; 7. Gonzaga 314-301=615; 8. Loyola Marymount 318-309=627; 9. Santa Clara 310-318=628.
Top Individuals: 1. Byron Meth (Pacific) 74-70=144; T2. Cody McManus (Pepperdine) 75-71=146; T2. Jobim Carlos (San Francisco) 74-72=146; T4. Connor Campbell (LMU) 71-77=148; T4. Mathias Dahl (San Diego) 75-73=148.