Bulldogs Finish Strong in Match Play
    Senior Rufie Fessler won his third match of the Cal Poly Match Play Championship at three and two.
    Senior Rufie Fessler won his third match of the Cal Poly Match Play Championship at three and two.

    March 29, 2013

    ARROYO GRANDE, Calif.--On Friday, March 29, the Bulldogs dramatic third and final match of the Cal Poly Match Play Championship came down to the 18th hole.

    Playing against the host Cal Poly Mustangs, the 'Dogs had two wins, two ties, and one loss to win the match three-two.

    "Match Play is usually exciting and today was no exception," head coach Mike Watney said. "It was definitely a good experience for the guys."

    Senior Rufie Fessler won three and two and Johnny Partridge won three and one. Freshman Troix Tonkham, who won at Bandon Dunes earlier in the month, lost three and two.

    The remaining two matches went down to the last hole with senior Jack Mulroy and junior Nate Jessup each sinking dramatic birdie putts to halve their matches. Those valuable half-points were the difference between winning and losing the match.

    During the first and second matches of the tournament, held on March 28, the Bulldogs faced CSU Bakersfield and Utah State. In their first match, the Bulldogs tied CSU Bakersfield two and a half-two and a half. They were still tied after the first tiebreaker. But the second tiebreaker gave the win to the Roadrunners. In their second match against Utah State, the 'Dogs won three and one.

    CSU Bakersfield went on to win the tournament with Fresno State finishing third in the eight-team field.

    The Cal Poly Match Play Championship was the first match play tournament the Bulldogs have competed in this season. The Elite Eight at the NCAA Championships go into match play so this experience will help to prepare them for the post-season. The Bulldogs return to stroke play at the Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, Calif. on April 13-14.

     

     

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