`Dogs Remain Atop of Leaderboard
March 30, 2009
FRESNO, Calif.-The Fresno State (287-301--579/+19) men's golf team hold on to first place after completing two rounds at the Western Intercollegiate. The `Dogs shot a second round total of 301 and have a four stroke lead to stay ahead of the pack going into the final round of competition.
Oregon is in second at 583 and Colorado is third at 585 in the 18-team field. The Bulldogs are playing tremendous golf having four of the five competitors in the top 15 of the field.
"Pasatiempo was brutally difficult today, said head coach Mike Watney. "Downhill putts would roll 90 feet past the hole and off the green. In some cases, uphill putts turned around and went off the green into the rough."
"The greens were too fast for the slopes especially when the wind was helping move the ball," said Watney.
Freshman Bhavik still leads the `Dogs, finishing the day at 4-over par 144 and tied for fifth place. Grant Doverspike improved his play from yesterday. Doverspike started the day tied for 15th and is one stroke out of tying for fifth along with teammate Patel and two other competitors.
It's a tight race, the top five teams, with the exception of Fresno State, are separated by two strokes.
"Grant's 73 was a terrific round and moved him up 7 spots from 15th to 8th," said coach Watney.
Michael Gideon compiled a score of 146 with a second round of 77, one stroke out of eighth place and tying with teammate Doverspike. Tying for 12th, Bryan Hogan carded a 77 in the second round to stay one stroke out of tying with Gideon. Todd Angel moved up the leaderboard after being tied for 61st yesterday, he finished the day tied for 41st while shooting 12-over 152 through two rounds of play.
"Our team score was 23 strokes higher than yesterday but we kept the lead. All I can do is give credit to the guys for not giving up when numerous putts rolled off the green."
I'm always happy when we're in the hunt going into the final round," said Watney.
Oregon State's Diego Velasquez is the individual leader with an even par 140. He opened the tournament with a four-over par 74 and ended the day with second round of 4-under par 66. His round of 66 was the lowest of the day and tournament, so far. None of the 93players in the field are under par.
The 54-hole tournament concludes with 18 holes on March 31. Live scoring can be viewed on www.golfstat.com
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