Golf Heads to Texas

March 19, 2003

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The Bulldogs travel to Austin, Texas this week to compete in the 18-team Morris Williams Invitational. Tee off for the par 72 course is set for 7:15 a.m. The 'Dogs competing are Nick Watney, Chad Spencer, Ryan Carter, Jeremy Moreno and Ryan McDonald. Golf's next action will be Mon.-Tues., March 31-April 1, when it travels to UC Santa Barbara to compete in the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate.


The golf team traveled to USC, March 3-4, and competed in the 17 team Cleveland Southwest Intercollegiate, hosted by USC, and tied for eighth with a final round score of 868 (293-285-290). Individually, senior Nick Watney tied for eighth with 212 (70-69-73), sophomore Ryan Carter tied for 19th with 216 (76-69-71), junior Jeremy Moreno (73-75-72-220) and junior Chad Spencer (74-72-74-220) tied for 41st and sophomore Ian Nelson tied for 87th with 233 (78-76-79).


In the sixth week of the spring season, Nick Watney is ranked No. 2 in the nation by the Golfstat poll, with an average of 69.50 in 24 rounds. Watney was recently ranked #1 in the fall season by Golfstat Cups Standings and GolfWeek/Sagarin Performance Index. Watney won four consecutive titles in the fall season which helped him leap to #1. "It is rare to win four tournaments, it is especially rare in college," head coach Mike Watney said. Watney entered his senior season with a scoring average of 70.53.


The Bulldogs traveled to Hawaii, Feb. 12-14, and competed in the Taylor Made Waikoloa Invitational in Hilo, Hawaii. The 'Dogs struggled as they captured 13th place with a final score of 866, 30 strokes under first place UCLA (836). The five-man squad included senior Nick Watney, who finished second with a score of 207, junior Jeremy Moreno, who finished 48th with a score of 217, junior Chad Spencer, who finished 75th with a score of 222, freshman Ryan McDonald, who finished 89th with a score of 224 and Mark Modglin, who finished 93rd with a score of 225. There were 26 teams competing on the 72 par course at the Waikoloa Resort. Last season the Bulldogs finished third out of 24 teams, while individually, Watney finished second with a score of 211 (72-68-71).


The fall season has proved to be a successful season. With six tournaments under their belt, the Bulldogs captured five Top 10 finishes with two championship titles, the Fresno State-Lexus Classic and the Alister MacKenzie tournament. There are six tournaments in the spring leading to the WAC championship in late April. The WAC championship will be hosted by Rice.



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