Weather Doesn't Rain on `Dogs Parade
Sept. 27, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - With the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational being shortened to 18-holes since the two rounds Monday were canceled due to rain, the Fresno State men's golf team took advantage of the shortened tournament and placed in a tie for second in their first action of the season.Mike Watney said. "I am very happy with our finish."
The `Dogs fired an 11-over, 299 on the 7124-yard, par-72 Olympic Course at the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash.
The field was cut down to six teams -- Washington, Washington State, Pepperdine, Gonzaga, Fresno State and Santa Clara -- since ten teams withdrew due to the cancellation.
Playing in his first tournament as a Bulldog, Rufie Fessler led Fresno State with a 1-over, 73 to finish tied for sixth place. Fessler, a transfer from Bakersfield College, shot even-par on the front nine and sunk two birdies, both on par-5 holes.
Bhavik Patel, a senior from Bakersfield, Calif., also placed in the top 10 with a tie for eighth at 2-over, 74. Patel carded the only eagle of the tournament, knocking it in on the 513-yard, par-5 14th.
Sophomore returner Nate Jessup (75, +3) recorded three birdies, the most on the team, to place in a tie for 13th. Jack Mulroy (77, +5) and Brian Sunker (80, +8) ended in ties for 19th and 36th, respectively.
Washington, the tournament's host, took home the team title with a 5-over, 293 and Washington State joined the `Dogs at 11-over to tie them for second.
Chris Williams of Washington captured the individual title with a 3-under, 69 performance. Pepperdine's Josh Anderson and Washington State's Jarrett Foote and Trent Sanders all tied for second at 1-under, 71.
The Bulldogs return to action Oct. 3-4 at the Wolf Pack Classic in Stateline, Nev.
"We are glad our next tournament is in a week," Watney concluded. "With only one round under our belts, we are ready to go again."
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