March 11, 2012
By Andy Conli
FRESNO, Calif. -
The Bulldogs will travel to America's Finest City to play in the Callaway Farms Invitational. The tournament, hosted by San Diego, is held at the 6,945-yard, par-72 The Farms Golf Club. The field is highlighted by No. 15 San Diego State and features four top 100 players, including Fresno State Lexus Classic medalist No. 19 Alex Ching. The last time Fresno State competed in this tournament was in 2010 when Bhavik Patel won the individual title by three shots (-8) and the 'Dogs finished in third place.
1. Rufie Fessler
2. Nate Jessup
3. Jack Mulroy
4. Johnny Partridge
5. Macgregor Hoobery
Field: San Diego (host), Connecticut, Fresno State, Missouri, SMU, San Diego State, Santa Clara, St. Mary's, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, UTEP, Wyoming, Yale
Course: The Farms Golf Club
Yardage: 6,945 Par: 72
Format: Monday - 36 Holes (Shotgun Start), Tuesday - 18 Holes (1st & 10th Tees)
Time: Monday - 8:15 a.m. PST, Tuesday - 7:27 a.m. PST
Live Scoring: Golfstat.com
Top 10 Finishes
T6 Rufie Fessler - Wolf Pack Classic (73--73)
T7 Bhavik Patel - MacKenzie Invitational (70-63-71--204)
T8 Bhavik Patel - Wolf Pack Classic (74--74)
Lexus Classic Wraps Up With Wild Weather
The weather during the final round of the Fresno State Lexus Classic, which included scattered showers and high winds, was a major factor as the Bulldogs finished their home tournament in 12th place (363-367-400--1130, +50). The top `Dog of the tournament was Jack Mulroy who finished in a tie for 37th at 7-over.
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.
"We Are Your Team!" Follow live scoring of the Callaway Farms Invitational at Golfstat.com and check gobulldogs.com for daily recaps.