March 1, 2012
By Andy Conli
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bulldogs will play host to the Fresno State Lexus Classic March 5-6 at the 6,765-yard, par-72 Fort Washington Country Club. This is the 49th edition of the tournament which is steeped in history and tradition. Many former champions have gone on to PGA stardom, including Nick Watney, Phil Mickelson, Tom Watson and Craig Stadler. Last year, San Diego State ran away with the team title by a 26-stroke advantage and Alex Johnson of Pacific claimed the individual title after a five hole playoff. After shooting the second-lowest final round, the `Dogs jumped into sixth place led by Bhavik Patel's 1-over, 10th place finish.
Course: Fort Washington Country Club
Yardage: 6,765 Par: 72
Format: Monday - 36 Holes (Shotgun Start), Tuesday - 18 Holes (1st & 10th Tees)
Time: Monday - 8:15 a.m. PST, Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. PST
Live Scoring: Golfstat.com
Sunker Shined in Paradise
Senior Brian Sunker wrapped up the John A. Burns Invitational in Hawai'i by firing his lowest round of the season, a 2-under, 70, as the Bulldogs (292-308-302--902) finished in 14th place out of 18 teams. Sunker (71-77-70--218) shot a 33 on his first nine holes, including back-to-back birdies on the 17th and 18th. He finished the tournament at 2-over and in a tie for 27th place, moving up 22 positions from the previous day.
Patel Named Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week
Senior Bhavik Patel's performance at the Alister MacKenzie Invitional earned him his second Student-Athlete of the Week honor. Patel shot a career low 8-under, 63 during the second round of the tournament in Fairfax, Calif. He also tied current PGA star Nick Watney and Todd Angel for the lowest round during head coach Mike Watney's 34 years at Fresno State.
Success On and Off the Greens
Along with his success on the golf course last year, senior Brian Sunker also excelled in the classroom which led to him being named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar. To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least two full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70-percent of his team's competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships and have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I.
Mike Watney is in his 34th season as the head coach of Fresno State men's golf and is looking to add to his already Hall of Fame résumé. In his career, Watney has produced 29 All-Americans and 18 Academic All-Americans, led his teams to 13 conference championships and named conference Coach of the Year nine times, most recently in 2010.
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