Men's Golf Holding on in Hawai'i
Feb. 17, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bulldogs (293-288--581) closed the second day of action at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate tied for sixth place at 5-over. The Dogs shot even-par for the day at the 7,198-yard, par-72 Arnold Palmer Course on the island of O'ahu.
Junior Brian Sunker (77-69--146, +2) led Fresno State with a 3-under 69 and tied for the third best round of the day. After a first round score of 77, Sunker bounced back with a vengeance, birdieing the final four holes before the turn and capped off the day with a birdie on the par-5 18th.
"Brian shot a great round out of sheer determination," head coach Mike Watney said. "It was not surprising from a player of his caliber."
Junior Bhavik Patel (71-74--145) continues to own the top score for the Dogs at 1-over. Seniors Bryan Hogan (73-73--146) and Michael Gideon (72-74--146), along with Sunker, are just one shot behind Patel at 2-over.
Freshman Nate Jessup (79-72--151) shot a 72 to put him at even-par for the day. Jessup recorded an eagle on the par-5 12th hole and scattered three birdies throughout the round. The Bulldogs, ranked third in birdies coming into the tournament, have a total 27 among the first two days of competition.
No. 23 Cal (283-274--557) jumped out to a commanding lead at 18-under and pulled away from No. 10 Texas A&M (283-282--565, -11) after being tied for the lead at the start of the day. No. 17 Virginia (294-283--577, +1) and Nevada (290-287--577, +1) are tied for the third spot, followed by SMU (289-291--580, +4) which is only one stroke ahead of the Bulldogs.
Conrad Shindler (68-68--136) is the leader at 8-under after playing to rounds of mistake free golf. Max Homa (68-69--137) and Eric Mina (72-65--137), both from Cal, share second at 7-under.
The Bulldogs will play the final round of the tournament tomorrow at Turtle Bay Resort's other course, the George Fazio.
"Tomorrow is a different course I do expect higher scores," Watney remarked. "Four strokes is not much to make up."
The first tee time will be at 10:30 a.m. PST and you can follow along at www.golfstat.com.
"We Are Your Team!" - The men's golf team will host the Fresno State Lexus Classic at Sunnyside Country Club on March 7 & 8. Check www.gobulldogs.com for more information.