Oct. 18, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - Senior Bhavik Patel was able to hold on for a top 10 finish at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational as Fresno State placed 11th at the 6,718-yard, par-71 Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif. The Bulldogs as a team shot a 9-over on the day to finish at 1-under (284-274-293--851).
"In this very strong field, a top 10 finish is excellent," head coach Mike Watney said. "Bhavik had a very good performance these past two days and hopefully he will be able to carry it into the next tournament."
Patel shot an even-par, 71 to remain at 9-under (70-63-71--204) and finish the tournament in a tie for seventh. This marked Patel's second top 10 finish of both the season and at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational when he placed in a tie for eighth at 5-under in 2009.
Junior Rufie Fessler ended in a tie for 44th at 2-over (74-68-73--215) and Keenan Nelson tied for 57th at 5-over (72-70-76--218). Nate Jessup (68-78-73--219, +6) and Macgregor Hoobery (79-73-78--230, +17) placed in 61st and 72nd, respectively.
No. 2 Oregon and No. 19 Cal tied for the team championship at 41-under and Eugene Wong of Oregon secured the individual title with an 18-under.
"We Are Your Team!" - The Bulldogs return to action Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at the Pacific Invitational in Stockton, Calif., their last tournament of the fall season.
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