'Dogs Climb Leaderboard at Home Tourney

March 11, 2014

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By Elly Walker

FRESNO, Calif. -- After playing in challenging weather conditions during day one of the Fresno State Classic, the Bulldogs came back on day two to play a strong, final round at their annual host tournament.

Recording the third lowest score of the day, five-over par, 289, the Fresno State men's golf team moved up on the leaderboard to finish the tournament in 9th place.

"The team's performance today was great," head coach Chad Spencer said. "We got off to a good start and they showed some toughness today. Yesterday, the conditions got the better of us and hopefully we can learn from that and improve for the rest of the year."

On the tournament the Bulldogs made 38 birdies to record a final score of 49-over par, 901 (299-313-289).

Troix Tonkham, Nate Jessup and Keenan Nelson led the Bulldogs throughout the day, each firing their lowest round of the tournament.

Tonkham lead the team with five birdies to record one-under par, 70. The sophomore moved up 22 positions on the leaderboard to finish among the top-25. Jessup fired one-over par, 72 after making four birdies to sit in a tie with Tonkham. The duo finished in a tie for 23rd place.

On the tournament, Tonkham (75-79-70) and Jessup (75-77-72) carded 11-over par, 224. On the day Nelson made two birdies and recorded two-over par, 73. On the tournament the junior shot 12-over par, 225 (74-78-73).

UC Santa Barbara claimed the team title at 21-over par, 873 (288-298-287) and Jordan Epstein of UC Santa Barbara rose as the individual champion at one-over par, 214 (73-73-68).

The Bulldogs return to action on March 21-23 in Phoenix, Ariz. at the Arizona State Invitational.

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