Dogs Open Spring Season in Arizona
Jan. 24, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. -
During the winter break junior Bhavik Patel was one of only four U.S. Amatuers invited to compete in the Australian Master of the Amateurs golf tournament. His score of 290 was good for a tie of 20th place out of a field of 53 competitiors. This weekend the Bulldogs will be heading to Tucson, Ariz. to compete in the Arizona Intercollegiate and are looking to build on their third place finish to end the fall season at the UOP Invitational. Last year the Dogs came in third place against a competitive field at this tournament by shooting 14-under par. Patel finished tied for second place last year with a score of 203 and a low round of 65 and senior Bryan Hogan shot a low round of 67.
2011 Field: Arizona (two squads), Brigham Young, California (14), California-Irvine, California-Riverside, Fresno State, Hartford, New Mexico, Pacific, Pepperdine, San Diego State (16), Texas-El Paso, Texas-San Antonio, UNLV and Utah
The Course and Set-up
Course: Arizona National Golf Club
Yardage: 6,793 yds
Live Scoring: www.golfstat.com
Bulldog Top 10 Finishes
Here are the Bulldogs with Top 10 finishes of tournaments this season.
After five tournaments Bhavik Patel has a scoring average of 69.71. Patel is ranked first in the nation for Par 4 Scoring with a 3.90 and second in the nation for birdies with 65. Patel finished up the 2009-10 season with a scoring average of 71.58 which ranks him fourth in Fresno State's top five single season scoring averages. Patel is in pretty good company as PGA Tour star Nick Watney owned the top three Bulldog season scoring averages.
During a team qualifying round Monday Patel's round of 61 tied the all-time course record at Riverbend Golf Club in Madera.
"Bhavik's round may be the lowest Fresno State score in my 30 years of coaching." head coach Mike Watney said. "We were in a team qualifying so there was pressure to score well. Bhavik has that extra ability to string together birdies and not get nervous when he gets under par. He also is very clutch when it comes to the pressure-shot moments. He is fun to watch."
"We Are Your Team" - The men's golf team will host the Fresno State Lexus Classic at Sunnyside Country Club on March 7 and 8. Check gobulldogs.com for more information.