April 13, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - The Fresno State men's golf team sits in ninth place with a 36-over-par 736 following two rounds of play on Saturday at the 67th annual Transamerica/WFG Western Intercollegiate being held at the famed Alister MacKenzie-designed Pasatiempo Golf Club.
Fresno State as a team fired an 11-over-par 361 in the first round Saturday and a 25-over-par 375 in round two of the 14-team tournament. The Bulldogs had 24 total birdies on the day and four eagles that were all scored in the first round.
"This is a very tough course," head coach Mike Watney said. "If you are just a little bit off, you will pay the price. I still think we have a good round in us for tomorrow."
Senior Jack Mulroy was the top performer for the Bulldogs on Saturday, finishing in a tie for 23rd place with a 4-over-par, 144. Mulroy shot a 3-over-par 73 in round one when he had three birdies and came back in round two to fire a one-over-par 71.
Senior Johnny Partridge fired the low round of the day for the Bulldogs. He posted two eagles and two birdies in the first round of the day to help him to a 3-under 67. Partridge shot a 79 in round two to finish the day 6-over-par and in a tie for 37th place.
Partridge's 67 was the lone round fired under par by the Bulldogs on Saturday.
"I'm surprised about who is leading our team," Watney said. "Jack and Johnny are playing solid golf. After that we have been struggling."
Senior Rufie Fessler finished Saturday in a tie for 48th place with an eight-over par 148. Junior Nate Jessup, who had four birdies in round one when he shot a 72, finished Saturday in a tie for 62nd with a two-round score of 151, 11-over-par.
The other Bulldog to score four birdies in a round on Saturday was freshman Troix Tonkham. After firing an opening-round 76, Tonkham used his four birdies in round to two to lower his score by three, shooting a 73 in round two. Tonkham finished the day 9-over par with a 149 and is in a tie for 52nd place.
Also competing for the Bulldogs Saturday was senior Rich Gilkey who shot a 19-over-par 159 in the two rounds.
Fifth-ranked UCLA sits in first-place after day one with a team score of 702, 2-over-par. No. 1 Cal is second, nine strokes behind the Bruins, followed by No. 7 Stanford (+17) and San Diego State (+18). Host San Jose State is in eighth place, five strokes ahead of the Bulldogs
The 84-player tournament concludes Sunday with 18 holes on the 6,615-yard par-70 course.
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