Dogs Advance to Finals of Cal Poly Match Play
    Brian Sunker helped lead the Dogs to a pair of wins on the first day of the Cal Poly Match Play tournament.
    Brian Sunker helped lead the Dogs to a pair of wins on the first day of the Cal Poly Match Play tournament.

    March 25, 2010

    FRESNO, Calif. - Some unsuspecting Bulldogs raised the level of their game on Thursday to help the Bulldog men's golf team to a pair of victories and advance to the championship match of the Cal Poly-Lamkin Grip Match Play championship. The tournament is being played at the Cypress Ridge Golf Club at Arroyo Grande, Calif.

    The Dogs will play either Cal Poly or Sacramento State on Friday morning. The results of that match were not available Thursday night because play was suspended due to darkness.

    Bulldog Tim Toste, who had only played in two tournaments this season heading into Thursday's event, won big matches as the Dogs defeated Utah Valley State 4-1 and Cal State Bakersfield 3-2 to advance to the championship match.

    "Tim had not played all that well in the qualifying," said head coach Mike Watney. "But he played some outstanding golf today. He was our best player. He beat (2009 WAC Player of the Year) Grant (Doverspike) today. He played well when we needed him to."

    Toste defeated his Utah Valley opponent 5 and 3 in the match play format, as the Dogs rallied down four matches to win the morning match. Doverspike (4 and 2), Bryan Hogan (3 and 1) and Brian Sunker (1-up) also won their matches.

    Against the Roadrunners, Toste and Sunker had key performances. Toste won his match 3 and 2 and clinched the match for the Dogs.

    Sunker hit a fantastic 4-iron on his second shot of the 18th hole that set up a birdie. He halved the hole with his opponent, who pared the hole. Sunker trailed was down one heading into that final hole and that allowed the Bulldogs to win the match. Sunker and Hogan each halved their matches while Doverspike won 4 and 2.

    Fresno State freshman Shaylee Yano was playing in the women's tournament at this event because they needed singles to full out a team. Her results were not available Thursday night.



    "We are Your Team!" The Bulldog men's golf team will play in the finals of the 2010 Cal Poly-Lamkin Grip Match Play Tournament at the Cypress Ridge Golf Club in Arroyo Grande, Calif.

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